Modi assures farmers bills are for their benefit; would empower them

20th September 2020

20th September 2020

Amidst all the opposition, the Narendra Modi government is looking positively towards the three bills related to the agriculture sector. The lower house has already passed the bills on Thursday and the final decision will be taken by the Rajya Sabha on Sunday.

Even though the Modi government does not have a majority in the upper house (Rajya Sabha) and the Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) are against it, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is hopeful of the bills passing in the upper house.

Not only Congress, DMK, SAD, and TRS are against the BJP but also 8 other parties including Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Trinamool Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, the Indian Union Muslim League, Nationalist Congress Party, and Shiv Sena had submitted a joint resolution to Venkaiah Naidu, chairman of Rajya Sabha requesting to send the bills to the Select Committees.

24 members of Biju Janata Dal, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, and others are expected to support the NDA.

Mayawati, chief of the Bahujan Samaj Party had opposed the bill on Friday via a tweet but is likely to restrain from voting.

The three bills, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020, The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 have been allotted four hours for the discussion in Rajya Sabha on Sunday.

The news agency, The Press Trust of India reported, farmers are of the opinion that the government should have consulted them on the bills. They are apprehensive that once these bills are passed, they would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system and leave the farming community at the "mercy" of big corporates.

In response to the protests, Modi said, "he will assure the farmers that the system of MSP and the government procurement will remain."

He also added that the bills will provide opportunities to the farmers and empower them in true sense.

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