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Cabinet clears repeal of farm laws, but unions plan show of strength | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved PM Modi’s announcement and relevant draft bills to repeal the three central farm laws even as the agri unions are planning a big mobilisation along the capital’s borders to mark one year of their protests against the bills on Friday that coincides with India’s Constitution Day.
The Centre is expected to introduce the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 on the first day of the upcoming winter session of Parliament, beginning November 29. If Parliament functions smoothly, the process of repeal from both the Houses will be completed during the first week.
“It will be our priority to take back these three laws in the upcoming session,” Union minister Anurag Thakur said.
These laws are related to giving farmers freedom to sell their produce outside state-regulated ‘mandis’ (agriculture markets), strengthening the mechanism of contract farming and liberalising stock-holding limits of agricultural produce.
Though Modi had last Friday announced his decision to repeal these laws, Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), the joint platform of the farmers’ unions, decided not to end the protests, saying its other demands are still pending.
In order to forge a larger alliance of farmers and workers, SKM will on Thursday discuss the modalities to take forward the ongoing movement to different states with the joint platform of central trade unions.
It will on Saturday take a call on the format of protests in coming months. “Farmers’ unions and trade unions will take this movement forward while focusing on their demand of legal guarantee to MSP,” said a farmer leader of SKM. Different farmers’ unions have been demanding legal guarantees to MSP for a long time.
Even a private members’ bill on the issue has been pending in Rajya Sabha.
SKM on Wednesday noted that the list of legislative business for the upcoming Parliament session, released by Lok Sabha secretariat, continues to keep the Electricity (Amendment) Bill on its agenda.
It also flagged Indian Maritime Fisheries Bill 2021 in the list, saying fishermen are also farmers according to India’s National Policy for Farmers, 2007 and fish workers’ unions have been voicing their apprehensions about it.





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