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APMC Act amendment passed in Assembly

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The Legislative Assembly today passed an amendment to the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act, which will enable farmers to be elected to the governing bodies of APMCs.

APMCs were formed at the tehsil level in 1960s to provide a single market place for farmers.


The amendment provides that the farmers who regularly supply fruit, vegetables and food grains to APMCs will be enrolled as voters who elect their governing bodies, and would also become eligible for getting elected themselves.

Opposition and opposed the amendment. NCP's said, "It will be very difficult for APMC administration to register every person who supplies vegetables to the APMC as a voter. There are many APMCs with very low revenue; how can these APMCs bear the cost of preparation of voters list, its publication and assessment?"

Ganpatrao Deshmukh (PWP), senior-most member of the House, said, "The state had earlier brought an ordinance for the same amendment. Amendment is a provision which should be used during crisis. What was the emergency which necessitated this amendment?"

The amendment bill was passed amid commotion. It will now go to the Legislative Council for discussion.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, August 08 2017. 22:28 IST
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