Rajya Sabha passes two farm sector bills

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New Delhi: Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in the Rajya Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, at Parliament House in New Delhi, Sunday, Sept.20, 2020. (RSTV/PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in the Rajya Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, at Parliament House in New Delhi, Sunday, Sept.20, 2020. (RSTV/PTI Photo)

Rajya Sabha on Sunday passed two farm bills amid protest by some Opposition members.

The two bills —  Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 — were passed by Lok Sabha on Thursday.

The House also rejected demand of several opposition parties to send the two bills to a Rajya Sabha Select Committee for greater scrutiny.

These bills will now be sent to the President of India for assent.

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 seeks to provide freedom to farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.

The second bill, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, provides for a national framework on farming agreements that protects and empowers farmers to engage with agri-business firms, processors, wholesalers, exporters or large retailers for farm services.

(PTI)