Farm Laws Repeal Bill approved by Union Cabinet, to be taken up in the Lok Sabha Winter Session

Farm Laws Repeal Bill approved by Union Cabinet, to be taken up in the Lok Sabha Winter Session

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced in his public message on 19 November that the Government will repeal the Farm Laws Bill

union cabinet approves farm laws repeal bill taken up in winter session parliament

The Central Government has listed the "Farm Laws Repeal Bill" to be taken up in the winter session of Lok Sabha that begins on 29 November. The legilative business conducted during the winter session of Parliament will hear the Repeal Bill, subsequent to which the controversial Farm Laws will be repealed. This comes after the Union Cabinet today approved the Bill to repeal the three controversial farm laws.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his public telecast on 19 November, had announced the governement's decision to repeal the Farm Laws Bill, the introduction of which had led to a year long protest by farmer bodies across India, in which a few lives were lost. This decision has been taken after the Government failed to convince a section of the farmers on the Farm Laws. Apart from the repeal, Narendra Modi also promised that the government will establish a committee to work on a new framework for Minimum Support Price (MSP).

Which three Farm Laws will be repealed:

  • Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020
    • would have allowed farmers to engage in trade of their agricultural produce outside the physical markets notified under various state Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee laws (APMC acts). Also known as the ‘APMC Bypass Bill’, it will override all the state-level APMC acts.
  • Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020
    • provide farmers with a framework to engage in contract farming, where farmers can enter into a direct agreement with a buyer (before sowing season) to sell the produce to them at pre-determined prices.
  • Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020
    • ​​​​​​​seeks to restrict the powers of the government with respect to production, supply, and distribution of certain key commodities.

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