On the second and final day of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly’s monsoon session, the cabinet organized a proposal for tabling changes to Union farm law. This comes after the Sunday conference where the core members endorsed a resolution to repeal the act.
Farmers have been camping at Delhi’s outskirts since November 2020 with their claims that the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 be retract and a new law made to guarantee minimum support price for crops.
Before the session, All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) demanded that Uddhav Thackeray’s government should repeal the central law altogether as making changes will not help farmers much.
“Making cosmetic changes to the clauses in the controversy farm laws will not reverse the pro-corporate, anti-farmer objectives behind the decreeing of these laws. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha and the AIKSCC have therefore taken an assertion for the complete repeal of the laws, rather than merely urging minor changes in the provisions,” they said in a statement.
Sources in the government stated that a resolution requesting three crore antibodies every month from the Centre may also be sanctioned on Tuesday. They said that Maharashtra has the volume to inoculate 10 lakh to 14 lakh individuals on a daily basis, but the maximum in the state has been eight lakh, even as the state has immunized the highest number of people nationally.
Maharashtra can immunize its population at the earliest to bring about herd immunity, but require doses from the Centre, sources added. It is thought that the resolution may lead to rising stress between the government and the opposition, a day after the postponement of 12 MLAs has tensed the situation.
The legislators were discontinued from the assembly for a year for supposedly misbehaving with presiding officer Bhaskar Jadhav in the Speaker’s chamber. They later met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari requesting his mediation and complained against the MVA government for “infringing upon democracy”. Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut stated that indiscipline cannot be endured.
In the morning, BJP MLAs were seen presenting a protest at the state assembly in Mumbai against discontinuation of its legislators and OBC reservation issue.
The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Monday issued a resolution requesting the Centre to supply the 2011 census data to empower the State Backward Class Commission to prepare a pragmatic data of the OBC population, in an offer to restore political reservations for its members in local bodies.
The Apex Court earlier this year repressed quota for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in local bodies after seeing that the total number of seats earmarked for different citizenries, including the SCs and STs, should not surpass 50 per cent of its total strength.
Earlier on Monday, Fadnavis stated the SC had urged for an empirical inquiry (into the issue of OBCs population) through the State Backward Class Commission. “The top court has not asked for census data. The intention is time pass, face saver and misleading, and will not yield anything. But, we will aid the resolution as we desire to stand by the OBCs,” the BJP leader said.