Agri Bills are 'anti-farmer', constitute attack on country's federal structure, says Hemant Soren

Soren said that the Centre had not consulted states before bringing the Bills in Parliament and therefore, they are 'undemocratic'

Press Trust of India September 26, 2020 08:17:32 IST
Agri Bills are 'anti-farmer', constitute attack on country's federal structure, says Hemant Soren

File image of Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. News18

Ranchi: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren on Friday termed the farm bills, which were recently passed by Parliament, as "anti-farmer" and said they were the "biggest attack" on the federal structure of the country.

Parliament recently passed the Farmer's Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020. They now await presidential assent.

These bills will only benefit companies and traders, Soren, who was accompanied by state agriculture minister Alamgir Alam, told reporters.

"This will be the biggest attack on the federal structure of the country so far," the chief minister said as he termed the bills "anti-farmer".

He also said that if these bills become Acts, then states should have the freedom to implement them after studying its pros and cons.

"The central government must listen to the people or they will be forced to come on streets and protest," Soren said.

He said that the Centre had not consulted states before bringing the Bills in Parliament and therefore, they are "undemocratic".

Protests were held in some parts of the state against the bills under the Bharat Bandh call given by several organisations.

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