In an enormous embarrassment to the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi, it has now emerged that the Maharashtra authorities had applied the contentious farm Ordinances approach again in August – even earlier than the payments on it had been handed by Parliament final week and protests erupted everywhere in the nation.
In a notification on Aug. 10, issued by Director of Marketing, Satish Soni, all of the Agriculture Produce & Livestock Market Committees (APMCs) and District Agriculture Cooperatives had been ordered to “strictly implement” the three Ordinances on the proposed laws, within the state.
These are: The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Ordinance 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Assurance and Farm Service Ordinance 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance 2020, of June 5, 2020 – all now laws.
Despite the MVA allies Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress strongly opposing the brand new laws, the state authorities had gone forward even earlier than the Centre issued any guidelines, pointers or framework on these Ordinances and 6 weeks earlier than the payments had been cleared by Parliament amid a ruckus.
When contacted, Soni confirmed issuing the notification, however declined to remark additional in view of the political fracas on it presently, which willy nilly makes Maharashtra the first state within the nation to implement the brand new laws.
Marketing Minister Balasaheb Shamra Patil of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) appeared evasive when requested for his reactions.
“The order was issued, but now the situation is different after Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar’s recent statement…” Patil instructed IANS with out elaborating.
Surprisingly, over six weeks after the implementation within the state, Ajit Pawar appeared blissfully unaware of the developments when he indicated that the farm payments might not be applied by the state.
The Deputy CM instructed mediapersons in Pune on Sep. 26 – whereas farmers everywhere in the state and nation protested – that the federal government would seek the advice of consultants earlier than taking any ‘ultimate resolution’.
The state of affairs all of a sudden turned mortifying for the Congress as occasion chief and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat deliberate to take out a protest march to Raj Bhavan this afternoon (Sep. 28).
A high official from the Marketing Department revealed that the choice to concern the notification got here after directions from the Union Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agrawal who requested the states to achieve this instantly.
“The matter was sent to the Law Department which examined and said we had no option but to implement it, after which it was cleared by the concerned minister (Patil),” mentioned the IAS officer, requesting anonymity.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s Advisor, Kishore Tiwari, Chairman of Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalamban Mission (MoS rank), was aghast and questioned at whose behest the forms issued the orders when many different states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, West Bengal, Kerala, Odisha, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan are opposing it.
“The concerned department head must be sacked for keeping the CM, DCM in the dark… It smells of a deep conspiracy against the state government and the MVA allies must immediately discuss measures to ensure farmers’ confidence is not shaken,” Tiwari instructed IANS.
Official sources say it’s intriguing how the leaders of the three events – Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress – appear blind to the Aug. 10 notification although the official stand is to oppose the laws given the furore amongst peasants throughout.
Leaders of those events identified how the farm laws divided even the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) quitting the central alliance, and the offended temper of the peasantry has despatched panic waves even amongst BJP-ruled states.
On Sunday, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and NCP President Sharad Pawar had welcomed the Punjab-based SAD’s resolution to give up the NDA and stand “firmly behind the farmers”, although the story in their very own yard Maharashtra was murky.
The newest improvement is predicted to ship shockwaves among the many state’s farmers, ignite recent friction throughout the MVA however spell glad tidings for the Opposition state BJP.