Raising issues over the three new farm laws, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday stated the laws will adversely affect the Minimum Support Price (MSP) procurement infrastructure and weaken the mandi system by limiting the ability of agriculture markets.
“Reform is a continuous process and no one would argue against the reforms in the APMCs or Mandi System, a positive argument on the same does not mean that it is done to weaken or demolish the system,” Mr. Pawar stated on Twitter. “During my tenure, the draft APMC Rules – 2007 were framed for the setting up of special markets thereby providing alternate platforms for farmers to market their commodities and utmost care was also taken to strengthen the existing Mandi system,” the NCP chief added in his tweet.
Mr. Pawar, who served as Union Agriculture Minister from 2004-2014, stated he was additionally involved in regards to the amended Essential Commodities Act. “According to the Act, the government will intervene for price control only if rates of horticultural produce are increased by 100% and that of non-perishable items increase by 50%,” he stated.
The NCP chief stated new agricultural laws limit the powers of the mandi system — the gathering of levy and costs from the non-public markets, dispute decision, agri-trade licensing, and laws of e-trading. “The MSP mechanism has to be ensured and strengthened further,” he added.
Mr. Pawar posted these factors on his official Twitter account, evaluating the draft APMC Rules 2007 to the brand new farm laws. He additionally expressed concern over the removing of the stockpiling restrict. “Stock piling limits have been removed on food grain, pulses, onion, potato, oilseeds, etc. It may lead to apprehensions that Corporates may purchase commodities at lower rates and stock pile and sell at higher prices to consumers,” he tweeted.
Mr. Pawar stated he just about participated within the all-party assembly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi through which points associated to the proposed agenda for the Budget session, farmers’ agitation, girls’s Bill and different points have been mentioned.
(With PTI inputs)