Rajasthan will follow the path adopted by Punjab to negate the Centre’s three contentious farm laws. The special session of the Rajasthan Assembly, which is going to be convened in November, will be used by the Rajasthan government to table Bills against the Centre’s farm laws.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was closely following the marathon-five hour discussion in the Punjab Assembly, which unanimously passed four Bills against the contentious laws passed by the Centre during the Parliament’s monsoon session.
The Bills in the Punjab Assembly sought to amend the Farmer’s Produce Facilitation Act and The Essential Commodities Act.
The four Bills, which received the overwhelming support of the Opposition, were aimed at preventing the damage that the central laws would cause to the state and its agriculture while allaying the fears of the farmers and consumers. Thus the Punjab Vidhan Sabha by pushing its own Bills rejected the farm laws passed by the Parliament and adopted a resolution against the central legislations.
After speaking to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Ashok Gehlot had on October 20 tweeted: “INC under the leadership of Smt #SoniaGandhi ji & #RahulGandhi ji stands resolutely with our annadatas and will continue to oppose the anti-farmer laws passed by NDA Govt. Today Congress Govt in #Punjab has passed Bills against these laws & #Rajasthan will follow soon.”
Cabinet discussion on farm laws
The Cabinet that met on Tuesday decided to follow Punjab in nullifying farm laws. The Cabinet also emphasised on the need for procurement of the crops at the minimum support price. The ministers during the Cabinet meeting raised the issue on the restoration of the rights of the civil courts for settlement of disputes between farmers and traders on farm purchases.
The minsters were of the view that the settlement of a purchase disputes should be done by the mandi committee or civil courts.
The Cabinet recognised that with the removal of the maximum limit of stock of various commodities under normal circumstances under the Essential Commodities Act after the implementation of the new agriculture laws will increase instances of black marketing and unauthorised storage. Thus, an increase in prices cannot be ruled out.
The Cabinet also discussed the provisions of the minimum sale price in the Contract Farming Act that will be in the interest of the farmers of the state.
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