Punjab Assembly Passed Resolution Opposing Farm Laws

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13 November 2021 Current Affairs:On November 11, 2021, the Punjab Assembly passed a resolution against the Centre’s three problematic farm laws.

Highlights:
This resolution was passed after it was claimed that firm laws had intruded into the realm of the state government.
This is Vidhan Sabha’s second resolution opposing three agricultural laws. In October of 2020, the first resolution was passed.
State Agriculture Minister Randeep Singh Nabha introduced a new resolution.

Resolution
According to the resolution, the Punjab Vidhan Sabha strongly opposes and condemns the Union government’s initiatives. Its goal was to dismantle regulated mandis and replace them with unregulated mandis that were more trader-friendly.
The resolution expressed concern about unfair concessions given to traders and businesses that allowed them to purchase goods from uncontrolled markets without having to pay market fees, rural development fees, and other fees.
Apart from incurring monetary loss to the state government, the resolution will result in commerce transferring from APMC mandis to private mandis.

Three Firm Laws

1.The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020
The purpose of this act was to allow farmers to sell and market agricultural produce outside the notified Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) mandis.

2. Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020.
This law establishes a legal foundation for contract farming across the country. It establishes a legal framework for farmers to enter into formal contracts with businesses in order to produce goods for them.

3.Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020
Pulses, grains, edible oils, oilseeds, onions, and potatoes are no longer considered essential commodities under the legislation. It aims to de-regulate the production, transportation, storage, and distribution of these food items.
 

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