Fussy in Farm Legislation 2020. What does the history of a similar Bill say?

“Agriculture is the backbone of the Indian Economy” – Mahatma Gandhi.

In India, 60 % of the population is engaged in agriculture and contributes to the growth of GDP by 15% of the country. The three Farm bills passed on 14th September 2020 is based on “One India, One Agriculture Market”. As per the Central Government, this bill regulates and promotes the freedom of sale and purchase for farmers all over India.

“One India, One Agriculture Market”

Seems attractive, isn’t it? Then what is the ground for the protest? The lack of judicial support for farmers and the non-debated implementation of the bills are the key players of the protest. Our farmers are worried about the fear of losing the ownership of their land and MSP for their yield.

The failure in the corporate farming concept in a state like Bihar is alarming. In 2006 when the Bihar government canceled the APMC Act (Agricultural Produce Market Committee – 2003), the economists were optimistic saying that Bihar would become a forerunner of a new market-based revolt in agriculture. But that is not what happened.

A study conducted by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) in 2019 on ‘The experience of Bihar after the abolition of the APMC Act in 2006’, warned: “It is easier to dismantle institutions than to build them. The consequences could be very serious for the farm sector and the farming community.”

The logic dictates for the government is to accept the suggestion by the Supreme Court to hold the farm bill and constitute an impartial and independent committee to end the deadlock. In people’s opinion, the Government’s using iron hands to pass its law instead of educating and helping farmers to understand and be open to their concerns.

Let’s hope that the history don’t repeat.