The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 has been passed by the Lok Sabha today, amid protests by the opposition parties.
The Bill was introduced to repeal the three controversial Farm Laws, the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance, Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
On 19 November, the Prime Minister had announced, during his televised address to the nation, that the Farm Laws will be repealed in the upcoming parliamentary session.
"We have decided to repeal the three farm laws, the constitutional process for repealing them would take place in the upcoming Parliament session at the end of this month," PM said on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti.
The Bill was passed within minutes of introduction, without any discussion. The opposition parties have been protesting, demanding for a discussion on the Repeal Bill before it is passed.
Farm Laws Repeal Bill 2021 was tabled by the Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. On account of sloganeering by the opposition, the houses initially were adjourned.
After the passing of the Bill, the house was further adjourned till 2 pm due to protest by the opposition.
In the Winter Session that began today, 27 bills are expected to be tabled, including the Mediation Bill,2021, which proposes pre-litigation mediation with a provision for litigants to approach the competent adjudicatory forum in case an urgent relief is required.