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Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha passes controversial farm sector bills; SAD's Harsimrat Badal quits Modi Cabinet

Parliament LIVE Updates: Harsimrat Kaur Badal of Shiromani Akali Dal will resign as Union minister over government's farm ordinances, PTI reported. She has been handling the food processing ministry in the NDA government since 2014

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Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha passes controversial farm sector bills; SAD's Harsimrat Badal quits Modi Cabinet

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Sept 17, 2020 - 21:54 (IST)

Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm on Friday

Sept 17, 2020 - 21:53 (IST)

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Lok Sabha passes controversial farm sector bills

The Lok Sabha passed the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 by a voice vote.

Sept 17, 2020 - 21:45 (IST)

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Lok Sabha votes on suggested amendments to govt's farm bill

All amendments suggested so far, most of them by Revolutionary Socialist Party MP NK Premchandran were rejected by the Lower House. 

Sept 17, 2020 - 21:37 (IST)

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Farmers will benefit from contract farming: Narendra Singh Tomar 

Agriculture Minister said that contract farming is not meant to help corporates, but to help farmers. He said that the bill will ensure that many services will reach small farmers. "Contract will not lead to taking over of land. If the corporates build some infrastructure, it will only benefit the farmer in the end," Narendra Tomar said. 

Tomar also added that the contracts signed under this law will also have a provision that if prices at time of sale are more than what agreed to at time of contract then farmer will get a certain percentage of the additional profit. He said that the trade outside APMCs will also give the farmers an option to avoid payin the mandi tax imposed by various state governments. 

Sept 17, 2020 - 21:28 (IST)

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Farmers will get better prices now, says Agriculture Minister

Agriculture Minister said that the new bill is not anti-farmer and will lead to more traders competing for farmers' produce, which in turn will get them better prices. "License, Inspector Raj will end, corruption will end and farmers, traders will be free to buy and sell anywhere in the country," the minister said. 

Sept 17, 2020 - 21:22 (IST)

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Congress 'worst pest' for agriculture sector: BJP

The BJP on Thursday rejected the allegations of the Congress against the Union government over three agriculture sector bills as "complete lies" and alleged that the opposition party was the "worst pest". The Congress had earlier said that the farm sector legislations brought in by the government defeat the purpose of the Green Revolution and will be "a death knell for the future of farming" as it alleged that the Modi dispensation, akin to the coronavirus pandemic, was attacking lives and livelihood of farmers

Sept 17, 2020 - 21:12 (IST)

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Harsimrat Kaur Badal quits Modi government to protest farm bills

 

Sept 17, 2020 - 20:57 (IST)

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Agriculture minister says Modi govt made largest-ever budgetary allocation to farm sector

Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar says in the UPA government of 2009-10, the agriculture ministry budget was Rs 12,00 crore, and now under PM Modi's leadership, the budget has been increased to Rs, 1,34,000. 

Sept 17, 2020 - 20:45 (IST)

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Lok Sabha extended till farm bill is passed

Lok Sabha was scheduled to sit till 7 pm but the time was extended till 8 am to continue the discussion on the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020. Later, the time was again extended till such time that the bill is passed. This is despite several MPs opposing the bill and an NDA ally announcing resignation as protest against the move. 

Sept 17, 2020 - 20:27 (IST)

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TRS says can't support legalisation of contract farming at cost of poor local farm tenants

TRS MP Bheemrao Baswanthrao Patil said that by bringing in corporate players through contract farming, the government is putting at risk the hundreds of poor farmers who rent farm lands from owners on feeble verbal contracts with little bargaining power. The MP said that landowners will clearly prefer corporates over poor farmers who are ploughing fields on batai (tenants farm the land and split the produce with absentee landlords under this system). 

The MP also said that the bill mentions some grievance redressal mechanism for any disputes but what chance will farmers stand in face of large corporations with infinite legal resources at their disposal. 

Parliament LATEST Updates: Harsimrat Kaur Badal of Shiromani Akali Dal will resign as Union minister over government's farm ordinances, PTI reported. Meanwhile, Lok Sabha has passed the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020

Mahua Moitra, a TMC MP from West Bengal's Krishnanagar said that the government is stomping upon the spirit of federalism with its brute majority. Moitra said, "By legislating on the farm sector, the government has once again done what it does best, that is aggrandising itself the authority that is simply not vested in it by the Constitution."

Stating that farm markets and agricultural pricing are state subjects, TDP lawmker K Ram Mohan Naidu urged the Centre not to presume that all Opposition parties have a political agenda

The TMC MP said the proposed legislations would to also lead to black marketing and hoarding and push the entire sector towards privatisation.

Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar defended the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce and Farmers Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services bills, saying these will give more freedom to farmers.

The Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020 seeks to replace an ordinance issued in March to provide compliance relief to tax payers.

Durga Prasad, a native of Venkatagiri town, was earlier with the Telugu Desam Party and jumped on to the YSR Congress party bandwagon ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Lok Sabha reconvened at 3 pm. TRS, TMC, DMK, RJD, AAP, NCP, Samajwadi Party and Shiv Sena MPs protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Parliament premises, demanding GST payments to states.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said 'we are all one' when it comes to the integrity and sovereignty of India. Many RS members expressed solidarity with the government on this issue.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said three vaccine candidates are being developed and a vaccine should be available in India next year. "Virus transmission is happening because of our own irresponsibility. Till a vaccine is available, masks and social distancing is a social vaccine," he said.

China continues to be in illegal occupation of approximately 38,000 sq. kms in the Union Territory of Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh informed the Rajya Sabha.

Chinese actions reflect a disregard of our various bilateral agreements, Singh said, adding that the amassing of the troops by China goes against the 1993 and 1996 agreements. "We do remain committed to peaceful resolution of the current situation. At the same time, we remain prepared to deal with all contingencies," he added.

Two days after presenting a statement on the government's position in Lok Sabha on the India-China border row, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the Rajya Sabha on the developments in Ladakh.

Ghulam Nabi Azad said that he WHO warning about a mysterious pneumonia came as early as December 2019, but the Indian government wasted golden months in addressing the virus’ spread.

NCP's Praful Patel said that though news reports quote officials saying that there is not shortage of oxygen cylinders and the remdesivir drug, the ground reality is different.

On the fourth day of the Parliament's Monsoon Session, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address the Rajya Sabha on the developments in Ladakh. He had addressed the Lok Sabha on the India-China border row on Tuesday.

The Upper House will also continue the discussion on the coronavirus pandemic and India's response. Home minister Amit Shah will move the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers Act, 1952 in the Rajya Sabha to seek consideration and passage. The Bill pushes to temporarily reduce salaries and allowances of lawmakers and ministers in view of the COVID-19 outbreak.

In the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will introduce the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020 that will replace the ordinance issued to provide compliance relief to taxpayers. It also seeks to provide tax benefits to donations made to PM CARES Fund.

Terming three bills related to agriculture "anti-farmer", AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday demanded that the Centre withdraw them, saying his party will vote against the bills in Parliament. The AAP has three Rajya Sabha MPs and one LoK Sabha MP.

"The three bills related to farming and farmers brought in the Parliament are anti-farmer. Farmers all over the country are opposing them. The central government should withdraw these three bills. The AAP will vote against them in Parliament," he tweeted in Hindi.

The Centre had on Monday introduced The Farmers' Produce Trade And Commerce (Promotion And Facilitation) Bill, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, and 'The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill to replace the ordinances promulgated earlier.

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