Amid opposition protests, Parliament passes two Agriculture Bills
New Delhi/UNI: The Rajya Sabha on Sunday passed two farm sector Bills -- Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020--amid massive uproar by the Opposition.
Lok Sabha has already passed these two Bills on September 17.
Replying to questions during a debate on these two Bills, the Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said soon after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over in 2014, he had decided to double the income of the farmers and initiated slew of measures in the this direction.
Mr Tomar assured all Members that system to fix Minimum Support Price (MSP) for food grain will not be abolished through these Bills which the Opposition was protesting.
He further said that the UPA government could not implement the recommendations of Dr MS Swaminathan Committee’s report which had recommended to fix MSP on the basis of the 50 percent add up to the cost of the cultivation.
It was the Modi Government who implemented the new MSP suggested by the Swaminathan committee report, he added.
Mr Tomar categorically assured the House that through these Bills, the MSP will never be affected in any manner and Prime Minister Modi has also assured the nation that the system of MSP will be not be affected in any manner.
While he was replying to questions on the bill, the Minister said Deputy Chairman Harivansh reminded him of the time duration of the House and asked him to get this Bill passed within the 1300 hrs, on which the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Parhlad Joshi said that the timing of the House be extended till these two legislation were passed.
The Opposition Members lodged strong protests over the duration of the time and demanded that the two Bills be passed on Monday.
Despite the objection raised by the Leader of Opposition Gulam Nabi Azad that duration of the House was always extended by the consensus of the House, not by the numbers of the treasury bench, the Chair allowed the Minister to continue his reply.
This agitated the Opposition Members and some Members of TMC, AAP came in to the well and created ruckus.
During the uproar, the Chair’s mic was broken and House manual books were torn before the Chair’s place and House was adjourned for 15 minutes.