An explainer on what the three controversial agriculture bills are and why they are being contested
Two of the three controversials Bills on agriculture reforms are set to become law after being passed by the Rajya Sabha on September 20.
The three Bills are – The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020.
These Bills were introduced to replace Ordinances promulgated by the Centre earlier.
Farmers and farmer associations across the country have been protesting against the ordinances. The Punjab Assembly on August 28 passed a resolution rejecting the Centre’s ordinances.
Terming the two agriculture marketing reform Bills as “anti-farmer” legislation, Shiromani Akali Dal MP and Food Processing…