President gives assent to three farm bills

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to three contentious farm bills that have triggered protests by farmers especially in Punjab and Haryana.

A gazette notification said the President gave assent to three bills: 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.

The opposition had requested the President not to sign the bills — which would have sent them back to parliament for reconsideration — after two of the bills were passed in Rajya Sabha last week amid uproar.

The opposition has alleged that the bills were pushed through voice vote in violation of the rules. The government, it said, lacked the numbers, which would have become clear if a physical voting was held. They also accused Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh, who was presiding over the proceedings, of colluding with the government.

 

NT Bureau