Union Cabinet approves bill to repeal three farm laws


The Union’s cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill to repeal three controversial agricultural laws, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said at a press briefing.

The new law will now be submitted to the Lok Sabha for adoption at the upcoming winter session of parliament, which begins November 29.

Last week prime minister Narendra Modi It was announced the abolition of three controversial agricultural laws which entered into force on September 17, 2020.

“Today, apologizing to my compatriots, I want to say with a sincere and pure heart that perhaps there was some flaw in our efforts, due to which we could not explain the truth, like the light of a lamp, to some farmers,” the Prime Minister said. – Minister Modi in his address to the people.

Ludhiana: Farmers are celebrating after Prime Minister Modi’s statement last week. (Express Photo of Gurmith Singh)

The Prime Minister took the opportunity when Guru Nanak Jayanti announced the repeal of three laws: Agreements with Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Guarantees and the Farm Services Law, the Agricultural Trade and Commerce Law (Facilitation and Promotion) and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.

Since November 26, 2020, farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting at Delhi’s borders, demanding the repeal of the laws.

Prime Minister Modi also called on farmers to stop campaigning and return home.

The government extends the scheme of free consumption of 5 kg of grain until March 2022

At its meeting, the Cabinet of Ministers also decided to extend the free supply of food grains through the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) program until March to help food ration card holders.

5 kg of food grains per person per month are provided free of charge to over 80 million beneficiaries under the PMGKAY.

5kg of food grains are provided in excess of the normal quota under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).

(PTI materials)


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