Farm sector reform aims at eliminating middle men, benefits to farmers; bill passed in LS; SAD minister quits Govt


NEW DELHI: A storm awaits the Modi government as it got the Lok Sabha pass two bills related to the agriculture sector in the face of protests from the Opposition and resignation of a minister from the amid protests by the Opposition and also by the NDA-constituent, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

The representative of the SAD in the Modi ministry, Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned as a mark of protest against the passage of the bill. The SAD is a farmer-based party in Punjab, that has been a long-time ally of the BJP in the NDA. The SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, son of former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said the SAD would however extend outside support to the Modi government.

The Congress, the DMK and the Revolutionary Socialist Party members staged a walkout while the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill were passed by voice vote.

PM Modi meanwhile said the passage of the bill was a historic occasion for farmers, and their earnings from farm operations would substantially increase. The bill is revolutionary in nature, as it aims to rid the agriculture sector and markets of the bane of middlemen. –IHN-NN


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