Repeal of farm laws will impact the future of agriculture reforms
In a televised address to the nation on Gurpurab, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the three farm laws introduced in 2020 will be repealed. Before repealing, there were 11 rounds of talks between the government and farmers unions to arrive at a common ground, but they did not make any headway. The announcement comes exactly a week before the farmers’ protest would have completed one year on November 26 2021. The government will move motions to repeal these laws in the winter session of Parliament.
These three pieces of legislation — The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 – were brought in with the stated objective of supporting the country’s farmers, especially small and marginal farmers who constitute 86% of all farm holdings.