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Discord Between Farmers Union & The Government

Lawstreet Journal 21 Dec 2020 7:28pm

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History

In 2017, the central government had released model farming acts. The Standing Committee on Agriculture (2018-19), however, noted that a number of reforms suggested in the model acts had not been implemented by the states. In particular, the Committee found that the laws that regulated Indian agricultural markets (such as those related to Agriculture produce market committees or AMCs) were not being implemented fairly and honestly or serving their purpose. Centralization was thought to be reducing competition and (accordingly) participation, with undue commissions, market fees, and monopoly of associations damaging the agricultural sector. 

A committee consisting of seven Chief Minister was set up in July 2019 to discuss implementation. Accordingly, the centre promulgated three ordinances in the first week of June 2020. 

Indian Farm Reforms of 2020 

The Indian Farm Reforms of 2020 refer to three agricultural bills passed by the Parliament of India on 27 September 2020. The bills collectively seek to provide farmers with multiple marketing channels and provide a legal framework for farmers to enter into pre-arranged contracts among other things. The three laws are the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, which came into effect following the approval of President Ram Nath Kovind. 

Protest against the acts picked up in September 2020, particularly in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana, where farmers have been at the forefront.

 10 Major Developments Points

  1. As the farmers protesting at the border of New Delhi have planned to intensify the agitation, 10 farm unions from different states associated with the All India… Continue Reading...

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