Mic broken, papers thrown: Two farm bills passed in Rajya Sabha

Mic broken, papers thrown: Two farm bills passed in Rajya Sabha
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The Rajya Sabha on Sunday passed two contentious farm bills, which have triggered protests by farmers at several places, amid uproar by Opposition members.

Uproarious scenes were witnessed in the Upper House when some opposition members led by the TMC climbed on to the chairman’s podium as the government pushed for the passage of two contentious farm bills.

Shouting slogans, opposition members, including those from the TMC, Congress and Left, created ruckus after Deputy Chairman Harivansh did Amid the ruckus, the House was adjourned briefly.

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Mic broken, papers thrown: Two farm bills passed in Rajya Sabha

Some opposition members led by the TMC climbed on to the chairman’s podium, tore official papers, and heckled the presiding officer as they opposed the government’s push to pass two contentious farm bills on Sunday without considering their demand for sending the proposed legislations to a house committee.

Slogan-shouting members tried to heckle the presiding officer who was protected by House marshals.

BJP president JP Nadda says oppn conduct in Rajya Sabha during passage of bills highly irresponsible, attack on democracy.

Congress, other opposition parties sit in protest inside Rajya Sabha after farm bills passed amid din and House adjourned.

The two bills — Farmer’s 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 by Lok Sabha on Thursday.

BJP president JP Nadda says opposition conduct in Rajya Sabha during passage of bills highly irresponsible, attack on democracy.

Congress, other opposition parties sit in protest inside Rajya Sabha after farm bills passed amid din and House adjourned.

Earlier, the House rejected demand of several Opposition parties to send the two bills to a Rajya Sabha Select Committee for greater scrutiny. These bills will now be sent to the President of India for assent.

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 seeks to provide freedom to farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.

The second bill, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, provides for a national framework on farming agreements that protects and empowers farmers to engage with agri-business firms, processors, wholesalers, exporters or large retailers for farm services.

The opposition has been protesting against the Bills and have been demanding that they be sent to a Select Committee. The Rajya Sabha erupted in a major ruckus after Deputy Chairman Harivansh sought the members’ approval to extend the time of sitting of the House beyond 1 pm till the passage of the Bills.

The opposition members, aware that they did not have the numbers to defeat the bill in the House, demanded that the House be adjourned as per the scheduled time. However, the Deputy Chairman continued with the proceedings of the House and asked Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to continue his response to the debate on the Bills.

At this point of time, Opposition members started protesting against the Deputy Chairman’s decision to extend the timing without a ‘consensus’ of the House.

After the House resumed at 1:40 pm again, the Deputy Speaker took up statutory resolutions moved by the opposition members, seeking the reference of the Bills to a Select Committee. However, these resolutions were negated by the House.

Meanwhile, the opposition members surrounded the well again and started sloganeering.

In the midst of the uproar, the Rajya Sabha took up the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, clause by clause, into consideration and passed by a voice vote.

Soon after this, the second farm bill– The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020—was also passed.

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