Cong in ‘aggressive’ mode over three ‘Farmers Bills’




Denouncing the recent bulldozing of the three Farmers Bills by the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government, the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC), on Thursday, announced a number of programmes to be held in Goa, for spreading awareness against these legislations, especially, among the farmers.  

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, have been passed by the Parliament during the recently held monsoon session, and are awaiting the Presidential assent.

The GPCC president Girish Chodankar addressing a press conference at the Congress House stated that ‘Speak up for farmers’, a related campaign on social media would be held on September 26, while Chalo Raj Bhavan morcha would be organised on September 28, which would culminate in the presentation of a memorandum to the Governor to be handed over to the President, demanding immediate withdrawal of these Bills.

“Furthermore, Kisan Mazdoor Bachao Diwas will be observed on October 2 by block committees of Congress, to discuss the impact of these Bills on the farmers,” Chodankar informed, pointing out that Kisan Sammelan with participation of Goan farmers would be held
on October 10.

He also said that signature campaign would be undertaken in Goa against the three Bills as a part of the nationwide signature campaign of the
Congress party.

The leader of the opposition, Digambar Kamat said that the passing of the three Bills would spell a doom for the farmers. “Soon Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Mandis and market yards would be shut down and corporate giants would rush in the agricultural field,” he added, predicting that the passing of the three Bills is the first step towards dismantling Food Corporation of India, and damaging the Fair Price Shop network.

Kamat also appealed to the farmers in Goa to support the Congress party on the issue of opposing these legislations. He condemned the central government for removing cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potatoes from the list of essential commodities, retorting that this would give open field to the black marketeers.

The senior Congress leader, Ramakant Khalap stated that the Modi government is turning back the clock by damaging the Green Revolution as well as the White Revolution in the country, which had made India self-sufficient in crops and milk.

Khalap also stated that the farmers would henceforth have to depend on the market forces, and small as well as big fields would come under
contract farming.

“The corporate culture is due to arrive in the agricultural sector,” he noted.