On Tuesday, the Administration, gaining from the utter exclusion of opposition leaders, saw the Parliament introduce a range of measures that would turn the agricultural, labor as well as social welfare system into legislation.
Earlier this morning, after Upper house, opposition leaders headed by Congress decided to boycott Lok Sabha’s seating in favor of Rajya Sabha’s postponed parliamentary elections and the question of agricultural bills. As the House assembled, Congressmen lifted flags with phrases “Don’t kill the farmers” or “Kisanon par Tanashahi nahin chalegi.” Speaker Om Birla encouraged participants to obey the Covid-19 guidelines at home and preserve healthy separation.
Many 7 bills were introduced in the Upper house as well as at minimum four throughout the Lower House, in the sense of the opposition shutdown of hearings in protest against the government’s failure to enable parliamentary oversight of two contentious farm legislation introduced on Sunday as well as the expulsion of 8 lawmakers with “unruly conduct” on the very same day.
The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020 that eliminates limits on the keeping and distribution of main agricultural goods, like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onions as well as potatoes, was one of the milestone bills passed without opposition on Tuesday. The government believes that the elimination of these goods from its list of heavily regulated basic commodities would open up the economy, maintain export deliveries, increase demand in cultivation, and lift prices.
Although Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh vowed to contest the action in court, alleging that it placed the rights of major companies above that of the peasants.
The Business (Amendment) Bill 2020 decriminalizes infringements of corporate law and enable easier international listing of firms.