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Rajasthan Passes Bills to Amend Central Farm Legislatures.

On 2nd November the Rajasthan Assembly passed three bills which will make amendments to the Central Farm Acts, namely the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Special Provisions and Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2020.

The Bills were passed after a heated 9 hour debate between the treasury and the opposition. The opposition BJP leaders conducted a walkout before the vote as they said the government did not have the authority to bring such a legislation. The Speaker, Dr. Chandra Prakash Joshi said that no changes to the central legislatures has been made but these bills provide security to the farmers and ensure a Minimum Support Price (MSP).

In the assembly, the Bills were introduced by the State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Kumar Dhariwal. However, these Bills will become laws only after the approval of the governor, Kalraj Mishra who can pass on the decision to the President.

The first bill seeks to restore agricultural safeguards in the state through the regulatory frameworks of the state under the Rajasthan Agricultural Produce markets Act, 1961, to secure the livelihoods of the farmers. According to the Bill no agreement is valid as long as the farmer get paid at least an equal amount of the prevailing MSP declared by the central government due to him. It also provides for the imprisonment of three to seven years for harassing farmers.

The second Bill, levy’s a fee on the agricultural produce bought by a corporate or a trader and also empowers the civil court to solve disputes between the farmer and the trader as given under the Agricultural Produce Markets Act.

The third Bill protects the consumers from hoarding and the black markets of agricultural produce. The Bill, unlike the central legislative, empowers the State Government to regulate the production, supply and distribution and also impose limits on stock in extraordinary cases.

Rajasthan, is the third Congress led state to pass such Bills against the Central Legislations, after Punjab and Chhattisgarh. Large sections of farmers and agriculturalists in these states have been protesting against the Central farm laws.

On 2nd November the Rajasthan Assembly passed three bills which will make amendments to the Central Farm Acts, namely the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Special Provisions and Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2020.

The Bills were passed after a heated 9 hour debate between the treasury and the opposition. The opposition BJP leaders conducted a walkout before the vote as they said the government did not have the authority to bring such a legislation. The Speaker, Dr. Chandra Prakash Joshi said that no changes to the central legislatures has been made but these bills provide security to the farmers and ensure a Minimum Support Price (MSP).

In the assembly, the Bills were introduced by the State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Kumar Dhariwal. However, these Bills will become laws only after the approval of the governor, Kalraj Mishra who can pass on the decision to the President.

The first bill seeks to restore agricultural safeguards in the state through the regulatory frameworks of the state under the Rajasthan Agricultural Produce markets Act, 1961, to secure the livelihoods of the farmers. According to the Bill no agreement is valid as long as the farmer get paid at least an equal amount of the prevailing MSP declared by the central government due to him. It also provides for the imprisonment of three to seven years for harassing farmers.

The second Bill, levy’s a fee on the agricultural produce bought by a corporate or a trader and also empowers the civil court to solve disputes between the farmer and the trader as given under the Agricultural Produce Markets Act.

The third Bill protects the consumers from hoarding and the black markets of agricultural produce. The Bill, unlike the central legislative, empowers the State Government to regulate the production, supply and distribution and also impose limits on stock in extraordinary cases.

Rajasthan, is the third Congress led state to pass such Bills against the Central Legislations, after Punjab and Chhattisgarh. Large sections of farmers and agriculturalists in these states have been protesting against the Central farm laws.

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