President of TRS Party and Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao instructed his party floor leader in Parliament Dr K Kesava Rao to oppose the new amendment bills to the Agricultural Act introduced by the Centre tooth and nail as it would cause injustice to the farm sector in the country.
Instructing Keshav Rao to this effect, the CM said: “The Bills would benefit only the Corporates and adversely impact the farmers. “Though the centre stated that farmers could sell their products anywhere in the country, but, in reality, the Bills would enable the traders to go anywhere in the country to buy produce. The Bills would also help Corporate lobby to spread to all corners in the country and pave the way for the private traders. Besides, it is also not possible for farmers to take their small produce to long-distances to sell by spending huge sums on transport. These Bills are nothing but a sugar-coated pill. This should be opposed at all costs”.
“As on date, there is 50 per cent 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.