Bhupinder Singh Hooda: Govt should call a Parliamentary session and discuss these reforms

Farmers protesting against the Centre’s agricultural sector laws have called a “Bharat Bandh” today after several rounds of talks with the government over the new farm laws remained inconclusive. Farmer unions on Friday decided to intensify their agitation against the farm laws stating that they were not satisfied with amendments to the agricultural legislations being proposed by the government.
Bhupinder Singh Hooda

New Delhi: Former Haryana chief minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda said, “I agree that some reforms are needed. But these Acts which have been passed, have no reflection of these reforms. They should call a Parliamentary session and discuss these exact reforms.”

However, he said the current farm laws should be withdrawn. “The Centre should withdraw these farm laws and it is time for the government to act,” he said.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi at the Congress Headquarters, Hooda said, “I agree that some reforms are needed, but the Acts, which have been passed by the government, have no reflection of reforms. And, if the government wants some reforms they should call the Parliament session and discuss exactly about the reforms.”

Hooda said the farmers will welcome any decision and laws which are in their interest.

He also said, “We are supporting the protests because these are their genuine demands and we are not leading this agitation.”

He demanded that the BJP leaders should apologize for linking the farmers’ protest to China, Pakistan and others.

The Congress is supporting the farmers agitation and the nationwide strike.

On Tuesday, the Agriculture Minister once again made the government’s stand on the MSP clear.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar urged farmers to avoid the “propaganda” being spread. He assured them that “the MSP and mandis will also continue”.

Highlights:

  • These three laws are related to each other and are not in the interest of the farmer. Previously there was a universal market- APMC. MSP will not be applicable to markets outside APMC
  • The government should revoke these laws and call a session of Parliament and discuss whether they want to bring reforms. If they are working in the interest of the farmers then they will welcome this.
  • If they want to improve with these laws, then they should bringing a fourth law and make MSP mandatory and make it punishable if someone does not adhere to MSP.
  • In our manifesto, APMC was to be brought closer to the farmers through ‘farmer market. This would have reduced the burden of transportation on them. Overall we talked about the expansion of APMC.
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