New Delhi: Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to withdraw the three contentious farm laws, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill to repeal the laws which had triggered massive protests by farmers.
The bill to scrap the farm laws would now be introduced in the winter session of the Parliament that commences on November 29.
The laws which would be scrapped are the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance, Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
“On 19th of November, on the day of Gurupurab, Hon’ble Prime Minister had announced that the government will repeal the three farm laws and today when the Cabinet met under the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi we have completed the formalities to repeal the farm laws,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said in a media briefing after Cabinet meeting.
In the upcoming session, it will be our priority to repeal the three farm laws. The government will repeal the three farm laws in the upcoming session. The formalities have been completed in today’s Cabinet meeting,” he further said.
The Cabinet also approved an extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) for another four months (December 2021-March 2022).
The foodgrains distributed under Phase V of the scheme would entail an estimated food subsidy of Rs 53,344.52 crore.