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Union Cabinet Clears Bill To Repeal 3 Farm Laws

Mumbai: The Union Cabinet has approved the draft legislation to repeal the three farm laws presented in the cabinet meeting on Wednesday which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, confirmed Union Minister Anurag Thakur.

Union Minister Anurag Thakur informed in the press conference that the cabinet under the leadership of PM Modi has completed the formalities to repeal three agricultural laws. Thakur further said that it would be the priority of the government to withdraw these three laws during the upcoming session of Parliament.

The repeal bill is looking at rolling back three agri laws passed last year – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repeal of three controversial agriculture laws on the occasion of Gurpurab. PM Modi said that the government has taken a decision in the interest of the country.

The Center has now listed the Agricultural Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 on its agenda for the winter session of Parliament beginning November 29. Meanwhile, the Agriculture Ministry is considering the exact dates for discussion on the three laws in the upcoming Parliament session, informed Union Minister Prahlad Joshi.

The United Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of around 20 farmer unions, is going ahead with its planned march to Parliament on November 29 to follow a year-long protest against the anti-agriculture law.

In an open letter to Prime Minister, the SKM thanked him for the repeal of the three farm laws, but noted that “after 11 rounds of talks, you chose the path of unilateral declaration rather than a bilateral solution”.

The decision on scrapping the laws comes ahead of crucial state elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

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