New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Thursday approved two important Bills for agricultural reform in the country. Amid opposition from opposition parties, the Agricultural Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020 and the Farmers (Endowment and Security) Agreement on Price Assurance and the Agricultural Services Bill 2020 have been passed in the lower house of Parliament.
On this occasion, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar assured the House that these two bills will not affect the MSP of crops and the purchase of crops on MSP from farmers will continue.
He said that farmers will get the freedom to sell crops through these bills on their own free will. Tomar clarified that the minimum support price (MSP) will be retained and the mandis operating under the States Act will also continue to operate as per the state governments.
He said that the bills will bring about a complete change in the agriculture sector, a revolutionary change in the lives of farmers. Due to private investment in agriculture, there will be rapid growth and employment opportunities will increase, the economic condition of the country will improve further due to the strong agriculture sector economy.
Amidst the chaos, PM Modi made it clear that the system of MSP and government procurement will remain. The farmers will benefit from the bills. On opposition to the bills, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that many powers are engaged in confusing the farmers. The Prime Minister’s statement comes at a time when Harsimrat Kaur, leader of the Akali Dal quota, has resigned from the post of Union Minister, opposing the bills.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Modi tweeted, ‘The passage of historic agrarian reform bills in the Lok Sabha is an important moment for the farmers and the agricultural sector of the country. This bill will truly free the farmers from middlemen and all obstacles.
He said, ‘With this agrarian reform, farmers will get new opportunities to sell their produce, which will increase their profits. With this, our agriculture sector will get the benefit of modern technology, whereas the farmers will be empowered.
Prime Minister Modi said, ‘Many powers are engaged in confusing the farmers. I assure my farmer brothers and sisters that the system of MSP and government procurement will remain. These bills are really going to empower the farmers by giving them many more options.