The farmers have been holding a peaceful demonstration for almost a year
It is indeed a big win for farmers as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces withdrawal of the three farm laws against which the farmers have been protesting. It has been a year since they began their protest even amidst the pandemic. Farmers have even lost their lives when things went out of control with police using the lathi and other means against their peaceful protest. Finally all their efforts have become fruitful.
Although the Government had made it clear earlier that the laws will not be repealed, they had to backtrack when the farmers refused to stop their protests. With elections around the corner, the BJP has to ensure that there are no antagonistic feelings against the party. The farmers are overjoyed that finally their protests and sacrifices have born fruit. The below farm laws are the ones that have been repealed.
- The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, which is aimed at allowing trade in agricultural produce outside the existing APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committee) mandis;
- The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, which seeks to provide a framework for contract farming;
- The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020, which is aimed at removing commodities such as cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potato from the list of essential commodities.