Parliament has passed the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill 2020 with Rajya Sabha approving it today amid the uproar by the opposition. The House also negated the oppositions’ amendments to send the Bills to the Select Committee.
When the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar was replying to the discussion at 1 PM, Deputy Chairman Harivansh sought the House consent to extend the proceedings till the Minister’s reply. On it, members from Congress, TMC, Left, DMK and Aam Aadmi Party demanded that the House should be adjourned and the reply should be taken up tomorrow. However, the Deputy Chairman asked the Minister to continue with his reply. This prompted opposition members to troop into the well raising slogans against the government. Members from Congress, Left, TMC, AAP, RJD, DMK and others continued with their protest. Some other opposition members were also on their feet. During this, the House witnessed an unruly scene with some opposition members approaching the Chair leading to disruption in the proceeding.
The Deputy Chairman repeatedly asked the agitating members to go back to their seats and order in the House but in vain. Amid pandemonium, the Deputy Chairman adjourned the House for ten minutes till 1.41 PM. When the House met again, the scene was no different and the Chair guarded by marshals continued the proceedings and the two Bills were passed with voice vote.