The ‘Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021’ was passed in the winter session of the Lok Sabha today. The bill was tabled by Union Agriculture Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar and passed by a voice vote amid sloganeering and chaos. On the first day of the Winter Session, the bill was passed at the lower house for withdrawing the three farm laws without any discussion.
Moreover, the Rajya Sabha also passed the bill without further discussions. The Farm Laws Repeal Bill 2021 reads as, “The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 are hereby repealed.”
As the House undergoes no discussion, the opposition parties created a ruckus while demanding for it. The leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, asked for a discussion on the bill. He said as many as six acts had been repealed since 2014 and discussions were allowed on each of them and the Agricultural Bill shouldn’t be any different.
MPs from opposition parties TMC and DMK were at the Well of the Parliament, demanding that a discussion be held when the bill was tabled. Though the Congress MPs were seated, they too had a similar demand. The speaker Om Birla said that no discussion could be held if the members crowded the well of the Lok Sabha. “This is not the way one can debate bills,” he said. Ultimately, the bill was passed by a voice vote and the house was adjourned till 2:00 p.m.
The Union Cabinet had cleared the bill last week and it was circulated among the Rajya Sabha members on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared that the central government would repeal the bills on Guru Nanak Jayanti following a year-long protest by farmers on the borders of Delhi.