Modi govt takes big decision on pulses, onions, potatoes, 65-year-old essential commodity law changed Highlights Essential commodity law changes will no longer be in control of these commodities. Due to these changes in the law, commodities like grains, pulses, potatoes, onions, edible oil are now essential. Excluded from the list of commodities, farmers can supply and sell at a price that suits them.
However, the central government, despite opposition from the opposition, has pushed for changes in agricultural laws. The Central Government has passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act in both the Houses of Parliament. Due to these changes in the law, items like cereals, pulses, potatoes, onions, edible oil have been removed from the list of essential commodities.
The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill was approved by the Lok Sabha on September 15. After that, the bill has been passed in the Rajya Sabha today. Due to the changes made in the law on essential commodities, the government will no longer have control over these commodities. Farmers will also be able to supply and sell at a price that suits them. But it will be monitored by the government from time to time. The rules will also be changed as needed.
Regarding the bill, Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies Raosaheb Danve said in the Lok Sabha that the bill would strengthen the entire supply chain in the agricultural sector. Farmers will be strengthened and investment will be encouraged. The agricultural sector will create a conducive environment for doing business and strengthen the vocal for local system. Opposition parties opposed the bill. It also demanded that the government withdraw the bill
Parliament passes bill to remove cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potatoes from list of essential commodities— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) September 22, 2020
Now, the passage of the bill would free private investors from government interference. It will also strengthen the entire supply chain in the agricultural sector. Farmers will be empowered and investment will be encouraged.
What is the Essential Commodities Act?
The sale, price, supply and distribution of goods covered by the Essential Commodities Act are regulated by the Central Government. Also, the maximum price of these items is fixed by the Center. There are some things that are hard to live without. Therefore, such items are included in the list of essential services.