Maharashtra cabinet sub-committee to study Punjab farm laws that make violation of MSP criminal offence

The Maharashtra cabinet sub-committee arrange to look into the problem of Centre’s farm laws has determined to study the pro-farmer laws enacted by the Punjab authorities.

According to highly-placed sources within the authorities, the Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities is just not in a rush to make any closing determination because the scenario is evolving, with the intervention of the Supreme Court, which has put a keep on the implementation of the laws.

In September 2020, the state authorities had arrange a cabinet sub-committee, led by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, to take a call on the three farm laws. The different members within the committee included Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil, Cooperative Minister Balasaheb Patil, Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, Public Works Department Minister Ashok Chavan, Dairy Development and Animal Husbandry Minister Sunil Kedar, Agriculture Minister Dadasaheb Bhuse and Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde.

But within the final 4 months, the cabinet sub-committee has held only one meeting. In the only real meeting, held in December, preliminary discussions had been held and the panel’s agenda was outlined.

A senior officer within the Cooperation division informed The Indian Express, “The sub-committee has taken the decision to study the laws which have been passed by the Punjab Assembly. A group of officials, along with ministers in the sub-committee, will study and ascertain the practical aspects of these laws.”

Punjab, which has been main the farmers’ agitation in opposition to the Centre’s farm laws, has additionally framed its personal laws on MSP (minimal assist value) and different provisions.

The three laws are as follows:

The Farmers Producers Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Special Provision and Punjab Amendment Bill 2020, which seeks to guarantee that sale and buy of wheat or paddy is just not allowed beneath MSP. If this legislation is violated, the offender can face a jail time period of not lower than three years and a superb.

Farmers empowerment and Protection Agreement on Price Assurance and Farms Service (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill 2020 makes it obligatory for these coming into into contract farming with farmers to pay the MSP or a value over the MSP. Its violation would appeal to a three-year jail time period.

Essential Commodities (Special Provision and Punjab Amendment) Bill 2020 specifies that no punitive motion shall be taken in opposition to any individual violating provision of the central act and all discover issued by the central govt underneath its provision shall be deemed suspended.

Apart from these, the Code of Civil Pocedure (Punjab Amendment) Bill 2020 supplies reduction to farmers in opposition to attachment of land upto 2.5 acres. It additionally has provisions for prevention of hoarding and black-marketing of meals grain.

Parties of the ruling MVA — Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena — have expressed solidarity with the farmers’ agitation. Last December, the state cabinet had determined not to implement the Centre’s farm laws.

However, in contrast to Kerala and Punjab, which moved a decision within the Assembly to reject the three laws, Maharashtra has taken a center path and arrange a sub-committee to look into the problem in better element.

“Unlike other states, we already have an Act since 2010 allowing private market committees to operate. Almost 138 licences to these private APMCs are being issued regularly. Moreover, contract farming is also underway,” admitted a supply within the APMC.

The state, which has 305 APMCs and Rs 50,000 crore annual turnover from them, can’t outright reject or replicate any legislation. The sub-committee’s function is to, due to this fact, analyse each element.

While the Congress, NCP and Sena have, in precept. demanded MSP for farmers, they don’t seem to be keen to commit on bringing a legislation making violation of MSP fee a criminal offence.

A senior NCP chief and state minister stated, “While Punjab’s laws are very farmer-friendly, extending imprisonment for three years for non-MSP payment needs to be viewed closely.”

The state authorities can’t promise even 50 per cent crop procurement from farmers if APMCs or non-public gamers refuse to purchase stock from farmers. A stringent act ought to serve, and never harm, farmers’ revenue, identified the chief.

“Such complex issues related to APMCs and farmers cannot be taken hurriedly. We have to ensure that the decisions taken serve the larger interest of farmers,” stated Cooperation Minister Patil.

Another minister, who can be a member of the sub-committee, stated, “We want to wait and watch to see if there are amendments in the three laws in the upcoming Budget session of Parliament.”

Farmers’ chief Raju Shetti, who heads the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, stated, “Although every state can reject the laws and evolve new rules in favour of farmers, it will not work, as traders will find ways to manipulate the system or choose the states accordingly. Therefore, the Centre should be made to roll back the anti-farmer laws.”

“The Centre should make MSP mandatory and its violation a criminal offence. This should be included within the ambit of the law passed in Parliament,” he added.


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