Government usually sends a Bill passed in one House to the other the next day and the secretary general acknowledges the receipt of the proposed legislation during the proceedings. However, due to prior listing of other Bills on Friday as well as the controversy over the farm Bills, the government has listed the The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020; The Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 for discussion and passage on September 20.
Though the two farm Bills were passed in Lok Sabha on Thursday, and the essential commodities Bill two days earlier, the government deferred them in the Upper House. An hour before these were listed in Sunday's business , a senior minister told ET that no decision had been taken on when the Bills would be brought in the Rajya Sabha.
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Landmark agricultural reforms
The government has undertaken landmark agricultural reforms, freeing farmers from restrictions on sale of their produce and ending the monopoly of traders. It has also opened the window for private capital by allowing farmers to enter into deals with large buyers such as exporters and retailers. This is expected to catalyse the sector, bring in much-needed private investment and boost rural incomes.
NDA leaders claim the government has the numbers in the Rajya Sabha for passage of the Farm Bills but would like to take most parties on board. Congress, SAD, the Left parties and BSP, among others, have vociferously opposed the Bill while another NDA partner INLD is said to be mulling over the issue.
Haryana Deputy Chief Minister and INLD head Dushyant Chautala met Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday to discuss the issue which has led farmers take to the streets in Punjab and Haryana.
SAD leader and Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had quit her ministerial berth on Thursday catching the government by surprise with her announcement in the Lok Sabha, but her party has not yet walked out of the NDA.
BJP is talking to various political parties in the Rajya Sabha to seek support on the Bills and convince them that the legislation is not anti-farmer.
“We are talking to various political parties, both within the NDA and others. We are confident of getting these Bills passed,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told ET.
The Opposition is likely to press for sending the Bills to a Select Committee of Rajya Sabha or the department- related Standing Committee. It is not clear if the government will accede to this demand to mitigate the opposition to these Bills.
In an informal meeting of Rajya Sabha floor leaders of various parties on September 16, the opposition parties had demanded that these three Bills and the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill be sent to a parliamentary committee.
BJP has 87 members in the Rajya Sabha which has a total strength of 244 at present due to one vacancy. But with the support of its NDA partners and neutral parties like the AIADMK, BJD, TRS, YSRCP and others, the government has managed to get key legislations passed.
SAD has three members in the Rajya Sabha while the INLD has none.
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1 Comment on this Story
M.L. Gupta130 days ago
Kulaks and Left parties together!