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Congress MP Moves SC Challenging Farmers' (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020

Lawstreet Journal 30 Sep 2020 8:51pm

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A Congress MP from Kerala moved the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the constitutional validity of various provisions of the contentious new farm Act.

T N Prathapan, who represents Thrissur Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala, has alleged that the Farmers' (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 is violative of the right to equality (Article 14), the prohibition of discrimination (15) and right to life and liberty (21) of the Constitution.

The law, which provides for contract farming and was accorded presidential assent on Sunday, is "liable to be struck down as unconstitutional, illegal and void", Prathapan claimed.

As per the government, the new law intends to provide a national framework for farm agreements to protect and empower farmers while engaging with agri-and food processing firms, wholesalers, exporters, and large retailers for farm services and sale of produce at a remunerative price framework in a fair and transparent manner.

Prathapan, in the plea filed through lawyer James P Thomas, referred to the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Model Act of 2003 and said that it was introduced to fulfill two principles meant to ensure that no farmer is exploited by intermediaries and all food produced is brought to a common market to sell through auction.

Without APMC acting as a protective shield around the farmers, the market would ultimately fall to the corporate greed of multinational companies who are more profit-oriented and have no care for the conditions of the poverty-stricken farmers who are dependent on farming for their livelihood,… Continue Reading...


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