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President signs the farm bill, Farmers Act comes into force.

Dozens of opposition parties have urged President Ram Nath Kovind not to sign controversial bill, accusing them of being “unconstitutional” and completely ignoring parliamentary rules.

Three laws relating to agricultural reforms passed by Parliament have been approved by the President.

Three laws:

1) Farmer Product Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2020

2) Agreement on Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Price Assurance & Agricultural Services Act, 2020

3) Essential Commodities (AMENDMENT) Act, 2020

Political parties, including the former NDA alliance member Akali Dal, are protesting against these laws. Last week, Akali Dal MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from the cabinet, which has now become the legislature, in protest of the bills.

The government has told them that these landmark laws will empower farmers. Dozens of opposition parties have urged President Kovind not to sign controversial bills, accusing them of being “unconstitutional” and completely ignoring parliamentary rules.

Farmers in Punjab and Haryana are protesting against the bills and said how the Centre’s reforms will be to tear down the minimum support pricing system.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to allay the fears of farmers, saying that the country’s agricultural sector has not separated itself after the bills were passed. Modi said the farmers and the agriculture department was strong enough to practice “Atma Nibrhar”.

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