Rajasthan Government introduces three bills to negate impact of Centre’s farm laws

Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha, Constituencies , MLA, Parishad

On 31st October 2020, Rajasthan’s Parliamentary affairs minister Shanti Dhariwal introduced three bills to negate impact of Centre’s farm laws, in the Vidhan Sabha on the first day of the session. The three bills include:

  • The Essential Commodities (Special Provisions and Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2020,
  • The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2020
  • The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation and Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2020.

Earlier in October 2020, Punjab legislative assembly adopted a resolution against the farm laws and passed four bills to counter the Centre’s farm legislations.

A number of provisions to protect the interests of farmers, including sale or purchase of a crop under farming agreement on a price equal or greater than minimum support price and imprisonment of three to seven years for harassment of farmers, have been included in the bills.

Three new sections have been added as special provisions for Rajasthan, providing for punishment for harassment of farmers and powers to the state government to give directions. The bill proposes punishment of imprisonment from three to seven years with or without a fine of Rs 5 lakh if any person, company or corporate house or any other association or body of persons harasses farmers.

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