Bill to repeal three farm laws passed in Lok Sabha

Without having any discussion with the opposition, the Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill 2021 as soon as the lower House opened for proceedings on the first day of the ongoing winter session of Parliament.

The lower house of parliament was adjourned till noon soon after it met because of sloganeering and disruption by the Opposition parties.

Earlier on November 19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced to scrap the Centre’s three farm laws after a year of protests by farm unions, which said the laws hurt their interests.

Subsequently, the Cabinet had cleared the Farm Laws Repeal Bill 2021 to be tabled in Parliament.

During a meeting of the business advisory committee of the Rajya Sabha, the union government and the Opposition parties differed on having a discussion on the farm laws repeal Bill.

The three farm laws aimed at bringing more corporate participation in farm trade. They had eased curbs in the trading of farm produce, allowing traders to stockpile large stocks of food for future sales. The laws had also laid down a national framework for contract-farming based on written agreements.

Farmers unions say the legislation would have left them at the mercy of large firms and corporate sector.

The decision to repeal the three farm laws comes ahead of state assume polls in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s most populous state, and in Punjab, where the farmers have an influential voting bloc.

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