Rajya Sabha passes two Farm Bills amid ruckus by Opposition MPs
Opposition MPs came to the well of the House and raised slogans against the bills. Congress, other opposition parties sat in protest inside Rajya Sabha after farm bills passed amid din and House adjourned.
New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Sunday passed two of the three farm-sector related bills that were passed by Lok Sabha on Friday amidst ruckus from the opposition parties.
The Farmers' and Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 were passed by voice vote.
Moments after the passage of the Bills, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in a tweet called the passage of the farm Bills a 'historic day'.
“The passage of both the Bills in Parliament is indeed a landmark day for Indian agriculture. I am thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his vision to unleash the true potential of India’s agriculture.” He further said that with the passing of two landmark agriculture Bills in Rajya Sabha today, India has cemented the strong foundation for ‘Atmanirbhar Agriculture’.
“This is the result of endless dedication and determination of the Govt under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Opposition parties demanded a physical voting, pointing out that they were sitting in parliament. When the Chair refused, they rushed to the Well of the House, tore up the rule book and tried to snatch off the Deputy Chairman's microphone.
The Rajya Sabha had to be adjourned till Monday over the uproar in the house over passange of two contentious Agriculture Bills. The session saw members of the Opposition raising slogans of ‘hai hai’ and asking the government to take back the bills. Reports said that MPs tried to tear copies of the farm bill, said reports.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi touted the farm Bills as 'anti-agriculture black laws'.
Terming the bills "anti-agriculture black laws", Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also asked how MSP will be ensured with the ending of the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) or farmers'' market. Why is there no guarantee on MSP, he asked.
"Modi ji is making farmers ''slaves'' of capitalists, the country will not allow this to succeed," the former Congress chief tweeted in Hindi with the hashtag ''Kisan Virodhi (anti-farmer) Narendra Modi''.
Earlier today, the Bills were moved by Union minister of agriculture and farmer welfare Narendra Singh Tomar in the Rajya Sabha.
The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 permits the electronic trading of farmers' produce and allows the setting up transaction platforms for facilitating direct online buying and selling of farm products.
Soon after passage of these bills, Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 9 am on Monday (September 21).