Union Cabinet briefing Highlights: Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar and Narendra Singh Tomar today announced decisions taken by the union cabinet in a meeting held earlier in the day. The Union Cabinet today approved the amendment of the Essential Commodities Act giving a nod to the removal of a number of items from the Essential Commodities Act, the minister informed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union Cabinet today approved decisions to help the poor Indian farmers as it aims to double the farmers’ income by 2022. The government is looking to help the farm sector take benefit from one country one market, while also allowing farm produce to be sold across markets in India, the minister said. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar claimed that the decisions taken by the Union Cabinet are historic and with these, the Indian farmer will now get the independence that he has been longing for. Farmers will now not be taxed for any sale outside the APMC markets, the Union Cabinet decided. The Modi government has also accepted the Swaminathan report allowing 50% higher MSP than input cost for farmers.