The Union Cabinet, on the 24th of November, approved the bill to repeal the Three Farm Laws. The approved bill would be introduced in the Winter Parliament Session, on the 29th of November, following which it would be withdrew officially.
Mr. Anurag Thakur, the Information and Broadcasting Minister of India, addressed a press meet and briefed about the same. He said that in the Winter Parliament Session, which is beginning from the 29th of November, the Centre would withdraw the Three Farm Laws, as priority.
On the 19th of November, Mr. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, addressed the nation and made a big announcement. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Central Government decided to repeal the three farm laws, which has been a major protest reason between farmers and the Central Government.
The announcement came like a planned move of the BJP ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. With this, many opposition parties are in shock, especially the Indian National Congress (INC,) which was ready to use the farmers protest and ongoing farm laws agitation as a solid basis to formulate campaign strategies in Punjab.
The three farm laws which were proposed and passed by the Central Government in September 2020 witnessed criticism and protest from farmers. They were against the three farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. According to the farmers, the new laws would take away the Mandi System and the Minimum Support Price (MSP) leaving them at the mercy of corporators. The three farm laws would be repealed officially in the upcoming Winter Parliament session.
Meanwhile, Mr. Anurag Thakur also announced the decision of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Central Government to extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY.) Under the scheme, the White Ration card holders of India get free food grains under the National Food Security Act (NFSA.) It was introduced during the pandemic, due to the Novel Coronavirus, and was until November 2021. However, the Central Government decided to extend the duration by four months.
The fifth phase of the PMGKAY would be extended for four months, which is from December 2021 till March 2022.
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