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President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the three contentious agricultural Bills

New Delhi,  27/9/20: President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the three contentious agricultural Bills that were passed in the Parliament amid protests by opposition parties.

The President signed the 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, into law on September 24 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill on September 26.

The Law Ministry has notified all the three Bills which are now laws.

Many opposition parties including the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which was then part of the ruling alliance, urged the President not to sign the bills after they were passed by the Parliament.

After meeting the President on September 21, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said: “We have requested the President against signing the anti-farmer bills that were passed in the Parliament by force. We requested him to send back those bills to the Parliament.”

The Akali Dal, whose sole Minister in the Narendra Modi government – Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal – had resigned ahead of voting on the bills in the Lok Sabha, has also exited the National Democratic Alliance on this issue

At an emergency meeting on Saturday night, the party’s highest decision-making body took the decision to sever their relations with the BJP and the alliance, because of the Centre’s stubborn refusal to give statutory legislative guarantees to protect the assured marketing of farmers’ crops at minimum support price (MSP).

On Friday, India saw nationwide farmers protests over the Bills with Punjab and Haryana also witnessing rail blockades.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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