Shillong, Dec 8: The Meghalaya Congress today held a protest demanding the repeal of the three farm laws, Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The party demanded the repealing of the three laws stating that it was against the interest of the farmers.
Congress MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh questioned the government of India as to why multinational corporations are being permitted to enter the agriculture sector.
She added that farmers of Meghalaya will soon understand why there is a need to protest these laws, adding that the state government has to come up with a regulated market system in the state so that farmers won’t be deprived of Minimum support price.
“There are allegations against the Congress party that we are just politicising this issue, that the farmers of Haryana and Punjab are only spearheading the demand. It is unfortunate that our own government did nothing to protect farmers from contract farming,” she stated.
She stated that the farmers of Meghalaya will soon understand why there was a need to protest.
“Were farmers of our state consulted at the consultative period prior to the introduction of bill in parliament? Did the Meghalaya government ask farmers about these laws, they are saying there are no mandis in Meghalaya, but why the farmers where mandis work well protesting?” she questioned.
It may be mentioned that farmers’ unions have called for a country-wide strike demanding the scrapping of the three laws and assurances for minimum support price for their produce.