Parliament Session Day 4: Lok Sabha passes two contentious farm bills, Rajnath’s speech in Rajya Sabha; and more

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: September 17, 2020 10:54:28 pm






Parliamentarians observe silence during an obituary reference for late YSRCP MP Balli Durga Prasad Rao in Lok Sabha at the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, amid the coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi, Thursday. (Photo: LSTV via PTI)

On the fourth day of Parliament session, which is being held amid strict Covid-19 protocols, Lok Sabha passed two contentious legislations ––– Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 through voice vote. Moving the bills in the Lower House, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said they are aimed at making farming profitable and clarified that these bills would not have any impact on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) mechanism, which will continue. He further assured that these legislations would not encroach upon the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Acts of the states.

In Rajya Sabha, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that China does not recognise the traditional customary alignment of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India and that the recent conduct of PLA troops reflects a disregard of bilateral agreements between the two…

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