Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday, September 19, 2020, announced that Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) will oppose the farm bills introduced by the NDA government in the Parliament 'tooth and nail'.
KCR termed the farm bills as 'sugar coated pills'.
KCR said the farm bills will do a lot of injustices to the farm sector as well as farmers across India.
KCR directed TRS Parliamentary Party Leader Dr K Keshav Rao to oppose the Bills tooth and nail in the Parliament, as it would benefit the Corporates and adversely impact the farmers. The CM explained the need to oppose the Bills while they are introduced in the Rajya Sabha.
“For the public consumption, it was stated in the Bills that farmers could sell their produce anywhere in the country. But in reality, the Bills would enable the traders to go anywhere in the country to buy the produce. The Bills would also help the Corporate Lobby to spread to all corners in the country and pave way to the private traders. They are saying that farmers can sell their produce anywhere in the country with these new Bills. But is it possible for farmers to take their small produce to long distance areas bearing the heavy transport charges and sell it at good price? These Bills are nothing but a sugar coated pill. This should be opposed at all costs,” the CM said.
“As on date, there is 50 percent import duty on the Corn. The Central government has decided to reduce it by 15 per cent and wanted to import one crore tonnes of Corn. Already 70 to 75 Lakh tonnes of Corn was purchased. For whose benefit 35 per cent of import duty was reduced? When the country is going through economic crisis how did they take such a decision? Corn is cultivated in a big way in the country. If we reduce the import duty on Corn, what will happen to our own Corn producers? “ The CM asked.
Since the Bills introduced will cause huge losses to the agriculture sector and are against the interests of farmers in the country, they should be opposed and voted against in the Rajya Sabha, the CM instructed.