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Truth behind the rumors on the new Farm Laws in India

Lawstreet Journal 21 Jul 2021 10:45pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Executive Truth behind the rumors on the new Farm Laws in India

Introduction:

On the morning of 17 September 2020, three Farm Laws were passed in the Lok Sabha, and the country has been in a big debate ever since. 

The argument over whether the farm laws will empower farmers or destroy the agriculture sector of India in ongoing since then. As the 8-month long dispute continues, let’s take a look at some of these questions and the truth behind them. 

Are the Farm Laws Unconstitutional? 

One of the main arguments being presented against the new laws is that the farm laws are unconstitutional. It was said that the Agriculture sector comes under the State jurisdiction and Centre does not have a say in it. 

This is only partially true as agriculture falls under state jurisdiction, but agriculture produce is a trade commodity. The Concurrent list in the seventh Schedule of the Indian constitution gives Centre the power to make legislation regarding trade of commodities. 

Therefore, the new laws are completely constitutional. The strength in this argument can also be determined from the fact that no state government, even for the non-BJP states, has gone to the Supreme Court against the laws. 



Were the Farm Laws passed in a haste?

Another related criticism of the new farm laws is that they were passed in a haste, without the consultation of opposition parties and/or Farmer leaders. However, the truth is that the flaws in the APMCs (Mandis) were realized a long time ago. Ramesh Chanda, a member of NITI Aayog wrote in his… Continue Reading...


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