Maharashtra Introduces 3 Bills To Counter Central Farm Laws
The Maharashtra government led by Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday introduced three amendment bills to the state legislature to counter the three new agricultural laws passed by the Union government.
âThese bills are tabled on the floor of the House. These bills are now open for discussion. Farmers’ organizations have suggestions on which bills will be taken into consideration, âDeputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said, addressing reporters.
The bill amending the 2020 Agreement on Price Insurance and Agricultural Services of Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) was introduced by the State Minister of Agriculture, Dadaji Bhuse. He said an agricultural agreement is only valid if the price paid to the farmer is equal to or greater than the Minimum Support Price (MSP).
The bill proposes that the farmer and the sponsor can enter into an agricultural agreement below the MSP with mutual consent for a period of up to two years. “For crops for which the MSP is not declared, they can enter into an agricultural deal with a mutually agreed price,” the bill added.
Provision for punishment
The bill provides for a minimum prison sentence of three years for harassment of the farmer.
The Minister of State Cooperation, Balasaheb Patil, presented the amendment to the 2020 Law on Trade and Trade in Agricultural Products (Promotion and Facilitation). authority. No license or authorization is required for the marketing of agricultural products such as fruits, vegetables, condiments and spices.
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The Minister of Food and Civilian Supplies, Chhagan Bhujbal, said that in the Essential Products Act of 1955 as amended by the Center, there is no provision allowing the state to regulate or prohibit the production, supply, distribution, to impose stock limits in extraordinary circumstances. He said the state wants to amend the law to give that power to the state.
State Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat said the Central Agricultural Laws had been passed without discussion and the state had the right to legislate and the Maharashtra government wished to propose amendments to the Central Laws on the ‘Agriculture.