As Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that his government will repeal the three contentious farm laws, the Karnataka government is debating whether it should follow suit and repeal two of the laws it enacted in 2020.
Minister J. Madhuswamy said the government will take an appropriate decision after discussions with the Centre. “When these laws were amended, we did take advice from the Centre. Now too, we will wait for directions from them,” the minister said.
The two laws — Karnataka Land Reforms (Second) amendment bill 2020 and Karnataka Agriculture Produce Marketing (Regulation and Development) (amendment) bill, 2020 — were passed in both houses of the state legislature despite protests from opposition Congress and farmer organisations across the state.
Timesofindia.indiatimes.com reports that while the amendment to the Land Reform Act liberalises ownership of farmland and allows anyone to purchase agricultural land, the APMC amendment bill curtails powers of local Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees and allows farmers to sell their produce outside APMCs.
Gujarat Minister for Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Raghavji Patel said the state government would also have to make appropriate changes to its APMC Act that was amended in September 2020.
“The state government had made amendments (to the APMC Act) based on the changes recommended by the Centre. So, if the Centre is planning to repeal all three laws, then, I think the state government will follow suit. This is my personal opinion,” said Patel.