Lok Sabha: Essential commodities Bill cleared amid objections from Oppn, SAD

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |

September 16, 2020 2:03:16 am





Distancing marks in place. (PTI)

Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which seeks to replace the ordinance promulgated on June 5 to deregulate agriculture foodstuffs such as cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potatoes.

Members of Opposition parties opposed the Bill and moved certain amendments, which were negated by the House.

Moving the Bill for the consideration of the House, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Raosaheb Patil Danve said, “This Bill is an important step in the direction of the doubling of farmers’ income,” Danve said.

Supporting the Bill, BJD member Bhartruhari Mahtab said, “I would urge the government that while liberalising the regulatory environment, it has to ensure that the interest of farmers and consumers are safeguarded.”

TMC member Sougata Ray said, “This Bill is in favour of big capitalists.” Congress member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the Bill will only benefit hoarders.

SAD member Sukhbir Singh Badal said the government should have consulted the political parties before promulgating the ordinance, adding that even his party — part of the NDA — was not consulted.

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Next Post

Nabard to take up short term skill development programmes for reverse migrant workers

Tue Sep 15 , 2020
Mandal said Nabard has already provided Rs 90,000 crore worth of long-term refinance to the banks for meeting credit requirement of the agriculture and allied sectors. National Bank for Agriculture And Rural Development (Nabard) will soon start a short-term skill development programme for reverse migrants that will help them to […]