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Maha to amend agri law to protect farmers' interests: Minister

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
June 09, 2021 17:18 IST
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The Maharashtra government will amend its agriculture law to protect farmers and Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) as the three central farm laws are not in the interest of agriculturists, state Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat said on Wednesday.


IMAGE: NCP chief Sharad Pawar interacts with Maharashtra Minister Balasaheb Thorat. Photograph: Ashish Raje/ANI Photo

He said the draft law will be introduced in the monsoon session of the Maharashtra legislature beginning July 5.

"We want to amend the state agriculture law as we feel that the Union government's agriculture laws are not in the interest of farmers. The proposed amendments will ensure the protection of  (APMCs), redressal of grievances of farmers and protection of the interests of agriculturists during the crop trade among others.

"We will also insert a provision mandating license for traders which was not there in the Central laws," Thorat told reporters after meeting Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar at his residence in Mumbai.

Thorat, a senior Congress leader, along with state Cooperation Minister Balasaheb Patil, Agriculture Minister Dada Bhuse and MoS Agriculture and Cooperation Vishwajeet Kadam met Pawar to discuss the draft law.

"We also discussed the Centre's new law on cooperative banking which we feel will hurt the cooperative sector," Thorat added.

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at the Delhi border points -- Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur -- since November 2020, demanding the repeal of the three farm laws and a legal guarantee on the minimum support price (MSP) for their crops.

Multiple rounds of talks between the Centre and farmers' bodies have failed to resolve the deadlock.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had on Tuesday said the government was ready to talk with the agitating farmers on the 'options other than the farm bills'.

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