New Delhi, Sep 20 (UNI) Opposing the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, and the in Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, the Congress on Sunday said that the Bills are a move to end the Minimum Support Price system in the country and pave way for corporate houses to take over farmlands.
Initiating a discussion on the two Bills in the Rajya Sabha, Pratap Singh Bajwa of the Congress said, ‘the Bills are an assault on the soul of farmers. They are ill conceived and ill timed. Farmers are not illiterate. They understand that this is a way to do away with MSP. Once this is passed, corporate houses will take over farmlands. The Congress rejects these Bill. They signal the death warrant for the farmers. They are against the spirit of cooperative federalism. ‘
Terming the Bills as ill timed, Mr Bajwa said, “What is the need to bring these Bills now? Nearly one lakh Indians are getting COVID-19 every day and China is breathing down your neck.’ He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to assure the farmers on the Bills till the allies of the government quit NDA on the issue.