Kerala to move Supreme Court against farm Bills

Our Bureau Updated on September 23, 2020
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo Credit: S MAHINSHA

Calls it a ‘violation of States’ powers, since agriculture falls in the Concurrent List

The Kerala Cabinet has decided to move the Supreme Court against the farm Bills recently passed by Parliament, saying it amounted to not just “gross violation of States’ powers” but also “blatant and serious transgression of Constitutional norms”, as per the expert legal advice it has received.

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The spreading protests against what the Cabinet described as “unilateral action” by the Centre too are learnt to have hastened its decision to move the apex court. “It was grossly unfair on the part of the Centre to do it given that agriculture falls in the Concurrent List,” official sources said here.

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The State government hopes to attract national attention through this move, with the Opposition parties also supporting it locally. The latter too has been raising the allegation that the Bills are patently anti-farmer and designed to promote the interests of the corporate sector.

The contentious Bills include Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020. Earlier, Parliament had passed The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill as well.

Also read: Trade unions slam agri Bills, back farmers’ protests

 

Published on September 23, 2020
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