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The twists and turns of the farm laws

While most of these need-based measures were mooted by the Swaminathan Commission, these were incorporated into the country's first-ever National Policy for Farmers, brought out by the UPA in 2007

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farmers' protest | farmers | Indian National Congress

Surinder Sud 



Surinder Sud

The saga of the evolution of agri-marketing reforms, which have sparked the ongoing agitation by on Delhi borders, makes a fascinating, as also somewhat intriguing, reading. While most of these need-based measures were mooted by the M S Swaminathan-headed National Commission on in its report in 2006, these were incorporated into the country’s first-ever National Policy for Farmers, brought out by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in 2007. But, these have finally been put on the statute book by the present BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. Most, if not all, political parties, being the constituents or allies of either the UPA or the NDA at some point of time, have directly or tacitly been associated with the formulation of these reforms. supremo was the UPA’s agriculture minister when the policy for was crafted to reflect the government’s commitment to open up the farm sector. However, while many of the commission’s recommendations were included in the policy, some critical ones, such as the minimum support prices (MSPs) of crops to be 50 per cent above the production cost, were left out. But those finding a place in the policy included involving the private sector in agricultural trade, establishing private agricultural markets and promoting contract farming — all of which are now being opposed by the agitating farmers with the UPA’s backing.

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First Published: Sun, February 21 2021. 22:26 IST

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