President Ram Nath Kovind gives assent to all three Farm Bills


New Delhi, Sep 27 (IANS): President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the three contentious agricultural Bills that were passed in the Parliament amid protests by opposition parties.

The President signed the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, into law on September 24 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill on September 26.

The Law Ministry has notified all the three Bills which are now laws.

Many opposition parties including the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which was then part of the ruling alliance, urged the President not to sign the bills after they were passed by the Parliament.

After meeting the President on September 21, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said: "We have requested the President against signing the anti-farmer bills that were passed in the Parliament by force. We requested him to send back those bills to the Parliament."

The Akali Dal, whose sole minister in the Narendra Modi government - Food Processing Industries minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal - had resigned ahead of voting on the bills in the Lok Sabha, has also exited the National Democratic Alliance on this issue.

At an emergency meeting on Saturday night, the party's highest decision-making body took the decision to sever their relations with the BJP and the alliance, because of the Centre's stubborn refusal to give statutory legislative guarantees to protect the assured marketing of farmers' crops at minimum support price (MSP).

On Friday, India saw nationwide farmers protests over the Bills with Punjab and Haryana also witnessing rail blockades.

 

  

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  • Thousif, Mangalore, bolar

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    He is just puppy of Modiji. If he say no then he will was say no if he say yes then he will yes. He dnt have is own power mind to use.

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  • PenMightierThanTheSword!, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    President or Rubber stamp this Ram Nath Covid?

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  • Gibs, Udupi/Kuwait

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    President is BJP appointee so whatever and however they give bills, his assent will be to there without taking into consideration whether the bills have been properly discussed, debated and decided in both houses of the Parliament!!!??? How they passed the bill all of us watched on TV channels!!!

    Farmer suicides have no value and BJP doesn't care farmers grievances!!! They are after Gujarat based Big Business houses PROFIT and domination of the Agriculture business as they are the MULTI CRORES CONTRIBUTORS OF BJP FUNDS. AMBANI, ADANI, SANDESARAI'S and many more!? Farmers will get meagre amount for their CROP and Business houses will sell the same product 10 times more than the cost!!!???

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  • Wellwisher, Dubai, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Agent of Modi & Shah. Hey, hey

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  • Krish, Udupi

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    congrats real farmers of India.

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  • Thousif, Mangalore, bolar

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Krishna. Who is real farmer of India. Blind c bhakt.

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  • vishnu bhat, bangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    This President is proving to be a big rubber stamp - approving every bill that comes his way. Makes one wonder whether he really applies is mind to anything sent by Parliament. But in BJP raj, minds are in extreme short supply!

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  • Bhavya Baliga, Udupi

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Those who are complaining are hurt beyond repair of the easy money from the poor farmers.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Readers, The Union government had the gumption to break the backbone of (Dallal) middle men, in the agricultural sector of our nation...

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Mr. Almeida,

    Nothing works without a middleman. Travel agencies arrange tickets (yes, we book our own tickets online but there are people who don't have so much time). NGOs do works that government can't do and claim their compensation. There are many service providers, event organizers, who do thing that we can't do ourselves. They charge a fee, which we are ready to pay.

    Middlemen who carry Agri products to the market too do the work a farmer can't do himself. What is different here is, that the government has fixed MSP (Min Support Price) hence a farmer will get what he deserves. Now that middlemen are removed from their functioning, who will take the produce to the market ? Obviously transport companies. Will they do the work for free ? How will the price be fixed ? By bulk surely. If a farmer is having 100 quintals of grans to transport, at the same time one has 10 quintals to transport, whom the transporters will serve first ? Who requires to bargain to take his grans ? Obviously the smaller one because for him a whole trailer/truck needs come just for 10 Quintals, surely for an extra transport fee which on an average will be very meagre for 100 quintals.

    The government, instead of doing with the middlemen, should have made collection points more frequent so that the farmers will dump their product, take a slip and submit for payment at their co-op. If the Bill was discussed, I am sure this could have come up for a decision than the present blunt tool.

    Enjoy BJP supporters, the ruling party is most intelligent, happening first time in the world. Farmers, keeping their grins waiting for cost to go up will dump it on the road because they could not reach it for sale on time. This way, expect more 'Manna' and suicides.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Bro, Middlemen (Dallal) should never be allowed to operate atleast in the critical and vital sectors

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  • Bhavya Baliga, Udupi

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    not understood the bill.

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  • Rajesh Shetty, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Dear Roshan,

    This is only political Gimic/ show up to fool public, reality it will not happen, the buying firms are need the bulk items, a farmer can provide the large quantity is it possible, and they will take credit and they will get the money on time, for sell of product farmer need to travel long, this is cost effective.

    this is the time to think each individually,

    why govt is not buying the farmer items directly giving good value.

    Regards,

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  • J N Lobo, Mumbai

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    It is one and the same whether govt buys the farm produce or Reliance Outlets/ Jeo Marts buy as per their own set price. Farmers will be the ultimate sufferers.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Rathan, Mangalore...I don't think I have to answer your question as many have answered to you.

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Does the President have a choice???

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  • Ganesh Kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Rubber Stamp 🙂

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  • Sandesh Amin, Mumbai

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Modijee is tired of NDA2. The hidden agenda is, he don't don't want to Continue as a PM for 3 Rd time in this difficult time. He just want to sit in opposition and enjoy the life.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    I agree. Next elections he is going to lay down his shawl on the foot of a voter and say, 'I've done the maximum I could. Now I surrender' He will sit in the opposition and give that cunning smile with a hand held against his lips, saying 'Abb ayega mazaa'

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Another pandemic in the horizon Ram Nath Covid??????????????..........

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  • MIA, Udupi

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    current government failled below :
    Demonetisation
    15 lakhs
    2 crore jobs every year
    black money
    corruption
    inflation
    petrol price
    electric price
    gas price,
    education fees
    corona
    border issue,

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  • Hubert, Mumbai

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    its no surprise. President has to sign them. Whatever comes from parliament passed by Bjp is final .

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  • Anticorrupt, Mangalore/ Kuwait

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    We call it rubber stamp.

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  • Pnto, Mglr

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Does our president has any other option than not to sign a bill, or the ruling party dies not kniw that the president will sign anything passed in da parliament. So sadvn unfortunate state of our democracy.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    We'll see that. Nowhere we heard of any assurance that the raised MSP will be born by the government as subsidy. Even if its taken as a subsidy its a revenue loss for the govt anyway.

    Why all this dombaraata was required at these difficult times of pandemic ?

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    This is reply to Sudhrshan Shetty, Udupi

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  • GANESH M, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    whatever you call. this bills will help avoid middlemen. Farmers are being misled by some vested interests.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Who are those Middlemen ? Those who connected the farmer and the consumer. There was a fixed MSP, a farmer could rightfully claim it. Without those people in-between, how will a farmer carry his harvest to the market faraway ? Earlier if middlemen troubled a farmer, hereafter the transporters will trouble him.

    Just wait and watch the reality. If you guys are thinking that these bills will reduce farmer suicides, the actual situation is going to be right opposite.

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  • Christine, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Ganesh M,
    Your response is like" Swapnanth Keli Khavnchi" ( Eating bananas in the dream).

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Earlier govt had puppets within the party... The current ruling party have not even within the party but in all influential institutions... Great control!

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    One point all Indians (who are eating the grains grown by the farmers) should hereafter remember is with the rise of MSP, price of every item is going to rise.

    Be prepared. If the Bills benefit farmers who don't pay taxes but ask for 'Manna' of their loans, it is going to affect all the rest of citizens. It will affect the hotel/restaurants/canteens/card venders too.

    Please think if BJP is doing good, or bad. If it's doing good for the farmers its certainly not doing good to non-farmers because hereafter the family budget will be too dearer.

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  • Sudarshan Shetty, Udupi

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Not neccessary that end condumer pricd will go up. The new bill avoid the middleman and create direct relation between trader and farmer. In the absense of the middleman end consumer should also benefit. Govt should make sure its not the end consumer pay fir better price point for farmers.

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  • Jude, MANGALURU

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    To say that farmers do not pay tax is grossly incorrect. They may not be paying Income Tax like the salaried folks. But they surely pay GST for every commodity they purchase in the market.

    On the point on the family-budget becoming dearer: It is sad that wage earnings have not increased significantly in the past few years, to commensurate with the rising costs and inflation. Higher wages will increase the productivity of the labor force, increases the purchasing power of families, and increases the spending on commodities, which has a positive effect on economic growth. The general mentality to save, cut costs, and a cheaper labor force is costing our economy dearly.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Jude, a few days back we read about a farmer doing modern method coconut plucking, earning Rs. 2,500/- per day. Imagine his income even if he worked just 15 days a month. Do you think he is paying income tax ?

    As for Labour s' wages increase, a helper gets 600/- per day. He will earn min. 15,000/- per month. Higher the trade, obviously more earnings. Do you think 15K and more earnings is less ? Ration free, medical free, education fre, daughters get an allowance, housing no rent - just think about it man !!! At the same time think about a APL salaried person. Who is poor ??

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  • shuba, Mangaluru

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    The farmers if do not protest country wide will have dark days ahead. if the ruling party is irresponsible to walk the talk it is upto the voters who are mainly farmers to protest together to safeguard their rights

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    NDA's own alliance SS, SAD and BJD have withdrawn support for this bill and walked out of NDA alliance yet the govt keeps on saying it's good for farmers. One thing is sure now with president giving assent to all 3 agri bills things won't be same for BJP. A new India revolution and revolt is seen in the horizon. It's the ultimate People's Court and its decision is Full, Final and Supreme.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    What was the urgency to the President to give his assent to controversial bill like this......??????

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Charles
    Who said it is controversial? If that is so how come it passed in both the houses?

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Rathan, you are not pretending not to know who makes up max numbers in both the houses - are you ?

    Look, the bills are raised through an ordinance, based on voice voting, not through discussion. That should clearly have explained you why they are controversial.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    it is a controversial bill passed w/o brains

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    "Commodities like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, onion, and potato from the list of essential commodities and will do away with the imposition of stock holding limits."................If the above are not essential, then what is essential..????...I can not understand...only crooks can explain this in detail.

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  • Basil D'souza, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Who can dare to say no to the BJP Agenda.......

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