Owaisi slams the government’s Central Law on Agriculture and says the Centre’s ‘overreach on the issue of the state’

Slamming the Centre’s third economic tranche announced on Friday focusing on agriculture, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi said agriculture was a subject of state under the Constitution. Opposing the Central Act allowing farmers to sell directly to market, he alleged that the Center was using interstate commerce as an excuse to encroach on exclusive state powers. Opposing a central law could diminish the legislative and administrative powers of the states relative to the powers of the Center, Owaisi warned of the government’s overreach.

The Center deploys 11 measures for farmers, fishermen and animals in the third economic tranche

Owaisi slams government’s overreach on agriculture

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Agricultural reforms announced

Earlier today, the Center rolled out its third round of economic measures with 11 announcements on Friday. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced 11 measures – 8 of which focused on building infrastructure, capacity and establishing better logistics in agriculture, fisheries and livestock, while the 3 others concerned governance and administrative reforms. Agricultural reforms included the establishment of programs to finance agricultural infrastructure, food micro-enterprises, fishers, animal health, dairy infrastructure, herb cultivation, beekeeping and water management. food supply chain.

On governance measures, the Center has announced that it will amend the Essential Commodities Act which was enacted in 1955 to enable better price realization for farmers by attracting investment – ​​making the agricultural sector competitive. There will also be agricultural marketing reforms to provide marketing choices to farmers through a central law to provide – Adequate choices to the farmer to sell the product at an attractive price, barrier-free interstate trade, a framework for e-commerce in agricultural products. In addition to these two measures, the government has announced that it will create a legal framework that will enable farmers to engage with processors and aggregators, large retailers and exporters in a transparent manner.

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Rs 20.lakh crore PM Modi booster

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi announced an economic package of Rs 20 lakh crore – comprising the previous monetary package and the liquidity measures announced by RBI so far (amounting to 10.26 lakh crore) to kick-start growth of the Indian economy. He also said the lockdown will be extended after May 18, but the restrictions will be relaxed. Currently, India’s COVID-19 tally stands at 81,970, with 27,920 recoveries and 2,649 deaths.

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