New Delhi, Nov 24, 2021: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the central government’s proposal to repeal the three contentious farm laws, sources said.
The Farm Laws Repeal Bill 2021 was taken up by the Union Cabinet at a meeting earlier in the day and given the stamp of approval. The Union Ministry of Agriculture is said to have finalised this Bill after holding consultations with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 is aimed at rolling back three Bills passed into law 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.
This comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Centre’s decision to scrap the Farm Bills 2020, over which hundreds of farmers have been camping at the borders of Delhi for nearly a year.
PM Modi said the three farm laws were for the benefit of the farmers but his government "could not convince a section of farmers despite our best efforts". “I apologise to the people of the country with true and pure heart... we were not able to convince farmers. There must have been some deficiency in our efforts that we could not convince some farmers,” he said.
As per PM Modi’s address, the three laws will be repealed formally during the Winter Session of Parliament, which starts from November 29.The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which spearheaded the farmers’ protests against the contentious legislation, has approved of the Centre’s decision to repeal the farm laws. However, the farm unions’ umbrella body said that there are several demands pending, including those related to minimum support price (MSP) for crops.