After the controversy over these bills, PM Modi has clarified that the system of government procurement and MSP will remain as before.
New Agricultural Bills
Despite strong opposition from the opposition parties, the Agricultural Bills passed by Parliament have been supported by the All India Confederation of Farmers Organizations (FAIFA). The organization says that the recently passed agricultural bills will give the farmers the freedom to sell their crop in any state and increase their control in the process of purchasing the crop. Welcoming this decision of the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, FAIFA said that both the bills passed in Parliament will help in doubling the prosperity of farmers and their income. The organization claims that it represents farmers and farmworkers who cultivate commercial crops in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Gujarat.
“These visionary bills will ensure a sustainable and profitable future for farmers,” the confederation said in a statement. FAIFA President BV Javare Gowda said the new rules would create an ecosystem where farmers and traders would cultivate agriculture. The sale and purchase of products will be able to be done freely with your choice and trade and commerce will be promoted between the states.
The two agricultural bills that the central government has passed. It is believed that small and medium farmers will benefit greatly from this. In a 2015 report of the NITI Aayog, it was said that it is not possible for the government to buy on a large scale every commodity’s MSP every season.
Bill passed from the house, protests
Significantly, with the approval of the Rajya Sabha, two farmers bills – the Farmers Produce Trade and Commercial (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill 2020 were passed by Parliament. Opposition parties are opposing this bill and are strongly attacked.
Especially farmers of Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh are opposing this bill. Most of the large holdings are farmers in these areas. There is a fear among the farmers that the government wants to get out of the MSP ie minimum support price system. There will be corporatization of agriculture and farmers will become bonded labourers in their own fields.
However, after the controversy over this bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has made it clear that the system of government procurement and MSP will remain as before. This law will benefit the farmers so that they will be able to sell their crops anywhere according to their convenience and benefits.