President Ram Nath Kovind gives his assent to three farm bills
New Delhi; President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave his assent to three farm bills that were passed by the Indian Parliament amid protests last week, media reports said.
The monsoon session of the Parliament concluded Wednesday prematurely over the fear of Covid-19.
Earlier, 18 opposition parties had written a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind requesting him to not sign the farm bills that were passed by the government in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday.
The oppositions parties have called the bills "absolute and total murder of democracy" in Parliament.
Amid the farmers' protests across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said new farm laws will only allow peasants to sell their productions in their own terms.
Eight opposition Rajya Sabha MPs were earlier suspended for their "unruly behaviour" while protesting against the passing of two key farm bills by the government in Parliament's upper house.
The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill seeks to give farmers the freedom to sell their produce anywhere in the country.
The second one- Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020-enables farmers to get into a contract with agribusiness firms, processors, wholesalers, exporters or large retailers for the sale of future farming produce at a pre-agreed price.