The Modi Government has introduced three agricultural bills in the Parliament;
- The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020
- The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and
- The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill
These bills have been a cause for many controversies in the last few days.
Earlier this week, the Akali Dal protested these bills and SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur quit Prime Minister Modi’s cabinet as a means of protest.
Now Telangana is protesting the bills, saying that these bills favour corporates and traders rather than farmers.
Telangana’s Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao said, “The bills are going to do injustice to farmers. They will adversely impact them.”
He added, “The bills will help the corporates lobby to spread their presence across the country and give unbridled freedom to private traders in buying agri produce. Can a small farmer afford to carry his small quantities of produce in markets far off. These bills are nothing but sugar coated pills. They should be opposed at all costs.”
He also urged MPs to oppose the bill in the Rajya Sabha, “Since the Bills introduced will cause huge losses to agriculture sector and are against the interests of farmers in the country, they should be opposed and voted against in the Rajya Sabha.”