Shillong, Sept 24: The Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee, on Thursday, began their agitation against the farm bills passed in the parliament and demanded the bills be repealed.
In a briefing held at Congress Bhavan, Thana Road, Shillong, the Congress accused the NDA government of forcibly passing the bills without consulting stakeholders, farmers’ associations and opposition parties.
“After this bill becomes a law, the farmers will not get any security. For instance, when Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee Act has been abolished, there will be no longer a minimum support price,” MPCC Spokesperson Zenith Sangma stated.
He stated that when farmers sell their produce, they will be at the mercy of corporate houses who will buy produce at their desired rate.
“Once there is no more APMC, farmers can’t take their produce to Mandi (local markets), then will FCI go to the 15.5 crore farmers field?” he asked.
It may be mentioned that the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, were passed in the Rajya Sabha despite opposition. The bills have already been passed in the Lok Sabha.
Zenith informed that the party will hold a series of agitation programs, including a Kisan-Mazdoor Bachao Divas (Save Farmers and Farm Labourers Day), which will be observed on October 2nd on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.
MPCC Working President James Lyngdoh added that the party will submit a memorandum to the President of India, through the governor and a signature campaign will begin from October 2nd in every constituency.