The Bill to repeal agricultural laws has been approved by the Union Cabinet, will be presented in the winter session

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According to Republic TV sources, the Union Cabinet has approved the proposal to withdraw three agricultural laws. The meeting of the Union Cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The agriculture laws were passed by the Parliament in September 2020. Due to which the farmers’ protest was going on for a year.

The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 has been brought in along with 26 new bills to be introduced by the government. The Government has repealed the Farmer Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmer (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance, the Agricultural Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. These 27 new bills will now be introduced in the upcoming winter session of Parliament starting from November 29.

PM Modi, while addressing the nation on the occasion of Guru Parv last Friday, had announced that the Center would repeal three agriculture laws. “Despite all our efforts, we could not convince some farmers. Even though a section of farmers was opposing it, it was important for us. Agricultural economists and progressive farmers tried hard to explain the benefits of agricultural laws. We tried to explain them with an open mind through various means individually and collectively. Negotiations were going on continuously. We left no stone unturned to listen to the arguments of the farmers. The government was ready to amend the provisions of the laws he had opposed. We have also proposed to suspend these laws for two years.”

What are agricultural laws?

Farmers have been protesting across the country, mainly along the borders of Delhi, against the Centre’s three agriculture laws since they were introduced in 2020. There are three agricultural laws – the Farmer Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides to establish. A mechanism that allows farmers to sell their agricultural produce outside Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Any licensed trader can buy produce from farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of agricultural products will be free from mandi tax imposed by the state governments. The Agreement on Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Act allows farmers to take up contract farming and market their produce freely. The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act is an amendment to the existing Essential Commodities Act.

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