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Farm bills are pro-farmer, says Nadda as govt faces protests




NEW DELHI: BJP president

J P Nadda

on Wednesday said the three bills related to agriculture introduced by the Modi government in Parliament will boost production and help farmers get better prices for the produce.

Asserting that farmers are at the core of the government’s policies, Nadda, at a press conference at BJP headquarters, said all three farm sector bills are far-sighted and will boost agriculture production. He further clarified that the minimum support price (MSP) would continue to stay.

The government on Monday introduced The Farmers’ Produce Trade And Commerce (Promotion And Facilitation) Bill, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill to replace the ordinances promulgated earlier.

“These bills will help farmers get better prices for their produce through a transparent system,” Nadda said.

Taking on Congress, he said the party’s


to the bills was nothing but politics. BJP is doing what the opposition party had promised in its manifesto, the party president added.

Lok Sabha

passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 on Tuesday via a voice vote.

On the issue of the Akali Dal, an ally of BJP, opposing the bill, Nadda said, “We have spoken to Akali Dal and have addressed its concerns.”

Shiromani Akali Dal


Sukhbir Badal

had voted against the bill.

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Sharad Pawar meets Maharashtra CM a day after Fadnavis-Raut meeting




MUMBAI: NCP president Sharad Pawar met Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray here on Sunday.

The meeting took place a day after former state chief minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis met Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut here, sparking speculation in political circles.

Pawar met Thackeray at the latter’s official residence and the meeting lasted for about 40 minutes, sources said.

What transpired during the meeting could not be known immediately.

Sources, however, said the future unlocking process and the Covid-19 situation in the state were some of the issues that were discussed during the meeting.

Fadnavis and Raut had met at a hotel in Mumbai on Saturday. Although their meeting triggered speculation, Fadnavis on Sunday asserted that the BJP has no intention of joining hands with the Shiv Sena or to bring down the Uddhav Thackeray-led state government.

Fadnavis also said the meeting was regarding an interview for Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana‘.

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Northeastern culture is the jewel of Indian culture: Amit Shah




NEW DELHI: Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that northeastern culture is the jewel of Indian culture and without northeast, India and Indian culture are incomplete.

“Without the northeast, India and Indian culture are incomplete. Indian culture can’t be completely imagined until the northeastern culture meets that of India because the northeastern culture is the jewel of Indian culture,” home minister said while inaugurating Destination North East 2020 fest via video conferencing.

Shah said that the Modi government is committed to the development of northeastern states.

“Various pending issues were resolved by the Modi government. Manipur blockade, Bangladesh land boundary agreement, Bru agreement, Bodo agreement, the surrender of 644 cadres of eight extreme groups with their weapons are some of the examples of the work done by the Modi government. This can only be done when the government understands their problems and tries to solve them. The Modi government is committed to the development of northeastern states,” he said.

“As Home Minister I would like to tell all CMs and people of northeast that remaining problems will be resolved before 2024. We want to make northeast a hub of IT, organic farming and education. I hope, we will work together for the better future of the states and its people,” he added.

Chief ministers of the northeast states joined the inauguration event via video conferencing.

Destination North East, a four-day virtual event, started from today. Owing to the current situation, the festival is being held virtually, making it accessible to everyone who’s interested in being a part of the merriment.

The event is being attended by prominent personalities of various states who have excelled in their fields. The event will take place between September 27 and September 30.

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Govt looks to implement all 4 labour codes in one go by December: Santosh Gangwar




NEW DELHI: The government is aiming to implement all the four labour codes in one go by December this year and complete the final stretch of labour sector reforms, Union minister Santosh Gangwar has said. Parliament in its just concluded session passed three labour code bills: the Industrial Relations Code, the Social Security Code, and the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code.

The Wage Code Bill, 2019 was passed by Parliament last year.

The labour ministry had circulated the draft rules on the Wage Code Bill last year but held back its finalisation and implementation. The ministry wanted to implement all the four codes and rules under those in one go as all of them are inter-linked.

Talking to , Labour Minister Gangwar said, “Government is doing all efforts to complete the labour reforms by implementing the all four labour codes by December this year…”

He further said the Wage Code Bill was passed last year and now with the passage of three more codes by Parliament, “the rules under these legislations would be enforced at once”.

After the passage of a legislation in Parliament, it is sent for President of India assent.

A law comes into force after notification of rules.

Initially, draft rules under a law is notified with a stipulated time period to receive feedback. Thereafter, these rules are finalised and implemented for bringing the law into force.

The draft rules of the three codes on industrial relations, social security and occupational safety, health and working conditions are likely to be circulated by the first week of November for feedback.

The labour ministry is expected to finalise and implement rules of the three codes along with already firmed wage code rules by December this year. Thereafter, these four codes would become law of land to complete game-changing labour reforms in the country.

The government aims to catapult India to among the top 10 countries in World Bank‘s ease of doing business rankings with the comprehensive labour reforms.

As per the ‘Doing Business’ 2020 report, India had jumped 14 places to the 63rd position in the ease of doing business rankings. India has improved its rank by 79 positions in five years (2014-19).

The higher ranking would boost investment and job creation in the country.

Commenting on labour reforms K E Raghunathan, Convenor of CIA (Consortium of Indian Association), said, “The COVID-19 situation has made both the life of employer and employee difficult. If the government statistics say over 21 million Job loss during April to August then the figure of employers who lost enterprises is yet to be ascertained. We estimate them to be around 30 per cent of over 65 million enterprises.”

He further stated, “Under these circumstances, these new (labour) codes are bound to make new enterprises investor friendly, increase ease of doing business and make it attractive to invite foreign entities which want to come out of China.”

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