karnataka: Karnataka will not repeal APMC amendment law this session | Hubballi News – Times of India


BELAGAVI: The state government has decided not to repeal the amendment to the Karnataka Agriculture Produce Marketing (APMC) law in the ongoing legislature session in Belagavi in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement that the Centre would repeal the three contentious farm laws.

The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha-Hasiru Sene announced a protest and that it would lay siege to the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha here on Monday.
Cooperation minister ST Somashekhar said the state will continue with the Karnataka Agriculture Produce Marketing (Regulation and Development) (Amendment) Act, 2020 that curtails powers of local Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees and allows farmers to sell their produce outside APMCs. “The present law is in the interest of farmers as it gives freedom to sell their produce anywhere inside or outside APMC markets. The central policy will not have a bearing on the state law and we won’t change it,” he said.
Soon after Modi’s announcement, CM Basavaraj Bommai had said he’d await instructions from party top brass and then take a decision.
The state government in May 2020 promulgated an ordinance to amend the APMC (Regulation and Development) Act that envisages opening up the agricultural market after the Centre suggested it adopt the Model Agricultural Produce and livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2017. The amendment was enacted in January 2021.
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Along with the amendment, the state government enacted land reforms law that allows non-agriculturists purchasing agricultural land and the anti-cow slaughter law too. Stakeholders, including farm activists, surmise the Centre’s move to repeal farm laws and allowing BJP-ruled states to proceed may be the strategy to continue with reforms through state governments.
“Agriculture and cooperation are state subjects and the Centre is apparently taking advantage of this to implement anti-farmer laws. We’ll launch a protest on the lines of Delhi agitation,” said Yogendra Yadav, president of Swaraj India and Samyukta Kisan Morcha leader.





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