On Wednesday, finally, the Union Cabinet approved the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021, draft legislation to repeal the three controversial farm laws. It will officially be announced by Union Minister Anurag Thakur at the National Media Centre in New Delhi.
The controversial farm laws had led to massive protests across the nation by farmers. Back on Friday, on the occasion of Guru Purab, Prim Minister Narendra Modi announced to scrap out the three controversial laws. Announcing his decision, PM Modi cited that it was taken as the Cabinet failed to explain the benefits of the legislation to the people of the country.
Now, after the decision by the Cabinet, the Farm Bills will be introduced in the Lok Sabha for passage in the upcoming winter session of Parliament beginning on November 29. The agriculture ministry is deliberating on the exact dates to discuss the three laws in the forthcoming Parliament session, informed Union minister Prahlad Joshi a day ago.
The bill which has been listed for introduction and passage among the 26 new bills on the agenda of the government – seeks to repeal the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance, Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produce outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Any license-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices.
This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi tax imposed by the state governments. The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act allows farmers to do contract farming and market their produces freely.