Centre making efforts for consensus in Parliament on farm laws repeal, likely to table one Bill

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Updated: November 23, 2021 9:20 AM

The government will table one Bill, and not three separate, which is still under preparation and awaiting approval from the Prime Minister’s Office. 

The Agriculture Ministry is working on whether the MSP issue should be addressed as guidelines or in a statutory form as the farmers have been demanding. 

Preparing to repeal the contentious farm laws in the upcoming Winter Session of the Parliament, the Centre has began its efforts to bring a consensus over issues, including the charter of demands put forth by the farmers, primarily the guarantee for a fair MSP. 

NDTV quoted government sources saying that the government will table one Bill, and not three separate, which is still under preparation and awaiting approval from the Prime Minister’s Office. 

It also reported that the Agriculture Ministry is working on whether the MSP issue should be addressed as guidelines or in a statutory form as the farmers have been demanding. 

The proposed Bill will include provisions to shut down all board that were constituted regarding the farm laws, and all decisions taken by them will be declared null and void. 

The highlight of the winter session, beginning November 29 and to conclude on December 23, will be the withdrawal of the three farm laws. However, the announcement is not likely to ensure a smooth session. The Opposition is expected to support the demands of farmers for a legislation on Minimum Support Price, for which the government has not agreed. Agitating farmers have so far refused to call off their protests unless the government agrees to their demands.

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise announcement of repealing farm laws last week, Samyukt Kisan Morcha – the umbrella body of around 40 farmer unions – announced that it will not call off the protests until the Centre formally repeals the farm laws and assures a fair MSP, along with fulfilling other demands put forth by them.

The SKM held a mahapanchayat in Lucknow on Monday to press for a law on Minimum Support Price (MSP) and has announced a march to Parliament on November 29 to observe one year of anti-farm law protests.

In an open letter to PM Modi, the SKM thanked him for the repeal of the three farm laws, but noted that “after 11 rounds of talks, you chose the path of unilateral declaration rather than a bilateral solution”.

They put forwards six demands including that MSP based on the comprehensive cost of production be made a legal entitlement of all farmers for all agricultural produce, sacking and arrest of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra in connection with Lakhimpur Kheri incident, withdrawal of cases against farmers and building of a memorial for those who lost their lives during the agitation.

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