The Rajasthan government today introduced three bills in the Assembly to negate the impact of the farm laws enacted by the Centre recently.
The move by Rajasthan comes after the Punjab Assembly earlier this month adopted a resolution against the farm laws and unanimously passed four bills to counter the Centre’s contentious legislations. The Bills were passed in the Punjab Assembly earlier this month after a five-hour discussion, in which BJP MLAs had not taken part.
Rajasthan’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal introduced the Essential Commodities (Special Provisions and Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2020 and the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation and Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2020.
He also introduced the Code of Procedure (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2020 on the first day of the Assembly session.
The House was adjourned for the day after obituary references on the death of former President Pranab Mukherjee and other leaders who died recently.
The Congress leadership has suggested that states where it is in power should pass laws of their own to counter the Central legislations.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had said his state would follow Punjab in bypassing the “anti-farmer laws”.
“INC under the leadership of Smt #SoniaGandhi ji & #RahulGandhi ji stands absolutely with our annadatas and will continue to oppose the anti-farmer laws passed by NDA Govt. Today Congress Govt in #Punjab has passed Bills against these laws & #Rajasthan will follow soon,” Ashok Gehlot had tweeted on October 20.
Farmers had protested in several parts of Rajasthan against the Centre’s new farm laws.
The Union government has said the new laws will raise the income of farmers, free them from the clutches of middlemen and usher in new technology in farming.