Rajasthan considers ways to deny effect of central agricultural laws in state

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Ashok Gehlot suggested calling an assembly session on this issue (file)

Jaipur:

The Rajasthan government on Monday discussed various possible ways to deny the effects of the three central agricultural laws recently passed in the state.

The government reflected on ways and means to protect the state’s farmers from the effects of central laws at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, official sources said.

“The Cabinet held discussions and considered what could be done to negate the efforts of the laws in the interest of state farmers,” they said.

However, no decision was taken on the matter at the meeting.

During his speech at the farmers’ meeting in Jaipur on Saturday, the chief minister suggested that an assembly session on this issue should be called.

Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi had called on states led by Congress to explore the possibility of passing laws to reverse the effects of the three agricultural laws.

The three agricultural laws recently enacted by the Center are the Agricultural Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020; the Agreement on Price Assurance and Agricultural Services of Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Act 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.

Farmers as well as opposition-led states have expressed apprehension that the new laws would destroy the minimum support price mechanism, end agricultural commodity market committees, and allow companies to twist them.

The Union government, however, maintained that these laws would increase farmers’ incomes, free them from the clutches of the middleman and usher in new technologies in agriculture.

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