Mumbai: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Friday slammed centre following agriculture-related bills and termed it as ‘anti-farmer’.
Speaking to ANI, Digvijay Singh said, Congress government had enacted APMC Act (Agricultural Produce Market Committee) in favor of farmers. But now, any big businessman can open a mandi and under these new anti-farmer bills, any dispute in the mandi will be handled by the authorities. “
Congress leader Digvijay Singh said, “They (BJP government) are ending cooperatives by making changes in the Banking Regulation Act. All these four anti-farmer ordinances should be seen in totality. These ordinances should be opposed.”
His statement comes after Lok Sabha, through a voice vote, passed the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020. The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill was passed earlier in the week.
They have been tabled in Rajya Sabha and will become laws after the Upper House passes them.