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Q.1) Farmers in Punjab and Haryana have been protesting against recent ordinances promulgated by the Centre. Examine the various issues involved. (250 words)

Why this question?

  • The farmers are demanding a roll back of the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.

Introduction: Give a brief info about the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.

Body: Discuss the following aspects

  • Issues involved:
    • Definition of ‘trade area’
    • Definition of  ‘trader’
    • The provision on ‘market fee’
    • Dispute resolution mechanism
    • Govt.’s rationale behind the ordinances and farmers’ point of view.
  • Need to reform the APMC Act

Conclusion: Summarize the above points and suggest a way forward based on Model APMC Act.