Parliament today passed the Major Port Authorities Bill – it aims at decentralizing decision making and to infuse professionalism in governance of major ports

Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways:

Parliament today passed the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020.

Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Ports, Shipping & Waterways moved the bill in Rajya Sabha today and it was passed. Now the Bill will go to the President of India for his assent.

With a view to promote the expansion of port infrastructure and facilitate trade and commerce, the Major Port Authorities Bill 2020 bill aims at decentralizing decision making and to infuse professionalism in governance of major ports.

It imparts faster and transparent decision making benefiting the stakeholders and better project execution capability.

The Bill is aimed at reorienting the governance model in central ports to landlord port model in line with the successful global practice.

The salient features of the Major Port Authorities Bill 2020 are as under: –

The Bill is more compact in comparison to the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963 as the number of sections has been reduced to 76 from 134 by eliminating overlapping and obsolete Sections.

The new Bill has proposed a simplified composition of the Board of Port Authority which will comprise of 11 to 13 Members from the present 17 to 19 Members representing various interests.

The role of Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP) has been redefined. Port Authority has now been given powers to fix tariff which will act as a reference tariff for purposes of bidding for PPP projects.

PPP operators will be free to fix tariff- based on market conditions. The Board of Port Authority has been delegated the power to fix the scale of rates for other port services and assets including land.

The Boards of Port Authority have been delegated full powers to enter into contracts, planning and development, fixing of tariff except in national interest, security and emergency arising out of inaction and default.

In the present MPT Act, 1963 prior approval of the Central Government was required in 22 instances.

The Board of each Major Port shall be entitled to create specific master plan in respect of any development or infrastructure.

Provisions of CSR & development of infrastructure by Port Authority have been introduced.

Provision has been made for safeguarding the pay & allowances and service conditions including pensionary benefits of the employees of major ports

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‘Start on a clean slate’ is the only way forward : P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram, Former Finance Minister :

Farmers and government will hold 10th Round of talks today. How can we expect any positive outcome when government refuses to keep the past aside and start on a clean state?

Government should offer to begin afresh and hold talks on what needs to be done and what needs to be avoided. ‘Start on a clean slate’ is the only way forward.

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Any new law must take into account the needs and desires of the farming community : P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram, Former Finance Minister :

As the farmers’ protest enters the 38th day (and one more farmer sadly lost his life), I salute the resoluteness of the farmers.

The government must relent and agree to keep the farm laws in abeyance pending its repeal.

Any new law must take into account the needs and desires of the farming community

The largest peaceful agitation of farmers has won India’s heart : Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Former Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing :

People’s will is supreme in democracy PM Narendra Modi ji. Please don’t prolong suffering of 1000s sitting in cold at your doorstep to repeal 3 Agri laws.

This could have been averted if you had listened to my requests of June 3, 5 & Sept 14 warning you about repercussions of passing hated laws.

The largest peaceful agitation of farmers has won India’s heart and become example for the world.

Our farmers are on the cusp of victory. I appeal to them-hold direct talks with PM to get these agri laws repealed. They shouldn’t fall into trap of extended meetings which yield nothing.

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PM Modi Ji, who constantly draws inspiration from Sikh Gurus may be seen to be following the 38th Pauri of Japji Sahib : Hardeep Puri

Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister :

PM Modi Ji, who constantly draws inspiration from Sikh Gurus may be seen to be following the 38th Pauri of Japji Sahib.

He strives to be the goldsmith, who with total sincerity of purpose seeks to mould the gold of agriculture into beautiful ornaments for welfare of our farmers.

PM aims to put more money into the pockets of our farmers to rid them of debt, open new avenues of wealth generation & employment & to use every economic actor including the corporate sector for their benefit.

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Why doesn’t Kerala have Mandi system? : Thomas Isaac

Thomas Isaac, Kerala Finance Minister :

Why doesn’t Kerala have Mandi system?

Elementary bakht -more than 80% of our cropped area are under commercial crops for which there are separate Commodity Boards with independent marketing regulations. (Coconut exempted.)

Yet we intervened with MSP to protect the farmers.

India is now an imaginary democracy : Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi, Congress :

  • We understand that agriculture needs to be reformed but if you destroy this system, these millions of people will have nothing to do. They will not be able to feed themselves, you will create massive destruction and pain in the country.
  • The government had said that these laws are for the benefit of the farmer. The country is seeing that the farmer are against these laws and I want to say to the Prime Minister that this farmer will not move back now.
  • All of us along with the opposition parties are with the farmers. The way these laws were passed is also wrong. These laws have been imposed from above without debating, without discussing with the farmers and laborers.
  • You have an incompetent man who is controlled by certain 3-4 other people, all of India needs to understand this. Their aim is to take huge amounts of money from the poor and put it in their pockets.
  • The PM will construct whatever narrative he has to construct to ensure the wealth transfer to the 3-4people continues. He will call people terrorist, anti-nationals, criminals.
  • These laws will have to be removed now. With crores of signatures, we have taken the voice of the farmers to the President.
  • Everyone will face it- farmers, common man, journalists. This is an assault on the idea of India that is why we are here, meeting the President.
  • Arresting and beating are all their ways. There is no democracy in India. India is now an imaginary democracy.

Only by listening to the demands of the farmers will the Govt. be able to solve the problem of the farmers : Priyanka Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi, General Secretary, Indian National Congress :

The government cannot run for 5 or 6 years, if you hold the opposition responsible for everything. It is the responsibility of the government to listen to the voice of the people, the voice of the farmers.

To listen to the voice of the people is the responsibility of a Goverment.

Only by listening to the demands of the farmers will the Govt. be able to solve the problem of the farmers.

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The delegation of Congress leaders including Priyanka Gandhi, MPs, CWC members & Senior party leaders detained by the Delhi police on their way to Rashtrapati Bhavan

K C Venugopal, Parliament Member – Rajya Sabha :

Our delegation has been blocked by the Delhi police from meeting the Honourable President of India. This is a violation of our rights, we must be allowed to voice our concerns as the principle Opposition.

Our delegation of Congress leaders, including MPs & CWC members have been detained by the Delhi police. Once again the tyranny of the BJP govt is destroying our democracy.

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The new law does not include the idea of ‘Minimum Support Price’ : KTR on the 3 agricultural laws

KTR, TRS Working President :

  • The 3 agricultural laws newly enacted by Center are against the interests of the farmers of our country. They are in no way beneficial to the farmers, indeed they aggravate farm crisis. That is why the TRS party is opposing these laws
  • The new law does not include the idea of ‘Minimum Support Price’. If the Center does not announce support prices, there is a possibility that private syndicates & cartels may cheat farmers by quoting low prices.
  • Eighty-five percent of our country’s farmers are small & marginal. They are in No position to go to other states and sell, whereas the centre claims that they can. If there is a high price in one state, and if farmers from other states compete, local farmers will suffer
  • The new law allows corporates to engage in Contract Farming. However, it is clear that these contracts are only a boon to mighty corporates and risk the rights of our farmers
  • The Stock Limit Under the ‘Essentials Commodities Act’ was set up to prevent the black market, has been amended in the new Laws. With this, there is a risk that traders create artificial shortages & inflate prices. This is detrimental to both farmers and consumers.
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The 3 Farm Acts are set to transform the agriculture sector : Amit Malviya

Amit Malviya, National in-charge of BJP’s Information & Technology department :

  • The 3 Farm Acts viz., Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act are set to transform the agriculture sector.
  • ‘Farm Acts Game Changer’ will raise farmers’ income besides reduce the transportation charges and increase transparency. The Acts would make the farmers independent of government-controlled markets and fetch them a better price for their produce. Who wants to limit farmers’ choice?
  • The Acts also aim to enable farmers to engage at their own will with agri-business companies, retailers, exporters for service and sale of produce while giving the farmer access to modern technology. Farm Acts Game Changer will benefit the small and marginal farmers most.

GOI must withdraw the anti-farmer bills. If they do not do so immediately we will agitate throughout the state and the country : Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister, West Bengal :

I am very much concerned about the farmers, their lives and livelihood. GOI must withdraw the anti-farmer bills. If they do not do so immediately we will agitate throughout the state and the country. From the very start, we have been strongly opposing these anti-farmer bills.

We have called a meeting of the the All India Trinamool Congress on Friday, December 4. We will discuss how the Essential Commodities Act is impacting common people and resulting in sky rocketing prices. The central government must withdraw this anti-people law.

The GOI is selling everything. You cannot sell Railways, Air India, Coal, BSNL, BHEL, banks, defence, etc. Withdraw ill-conceived disinvestment & privatization policy. We must not allow treasures of our nation to be transformed into BJP party’s personal assets.

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We all owe our hardworking farmers an enomorus amount of gratitude : Rahul Gandhi

The provider of food ( Annadata ) is staging protests on the streets and grounds, while others are busy giving speeches on TV.

We all owe our hardworking farmers an enomorus amount of gratitude.

This loan can be only repaid by giving the farmers their rights and justice and not by mistreating them with lathi charge and tear gas.

Wake up and get down from the chair of ego and think and give the farmers their rights.

Punjab CM Capt. Amarinder Singh presents draft resolution rejecting farm law and electricity amendment bill in assembly

Source : CMO Punjab

In a major move to protect the state’s farmers and agriculture, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh presented in the Vidhan Sabha a draft resolution rejecting outright Centre’s anti-farmer Laws and proposed Electricity Amendment Bill, with an appeal to all parties in the state to rise above political interests in the spirit of saving Punjab.

The draft resolution seeks annulment of the Farm Laws and the proposed Electricity Bill, as well as promulgation of a fresh ordinance making the procurement of food grains on the Minimum Support Price a statutory right of the farmers and continue with procurement by Government of India through FCI and other such agencies.

Regretting that several legislators indulged in frivolous activities on Monday to gain political mileage, with some coming in tractors and some spending the night in the Assembly precincts in protest against non-receipt of his government’s Bills, the Chief Minister said he had signed the same at 9.30 p.m. after extensive discussions and consultations with various experts. Such delays in sharing copies of Bills happen in emergent session, he said, pointing to something similar happening when his government had brought in the Punjab Termination of Water Agreements Act during his last tenure in 2004.

The Bills being presented today would form the basis of the state’s legal battle ahead and, hence, needed to be thoroughly vetted before presentation.

Capt. Amarinder singh

The draft resolution expresses the deep regret of the State Legislative Assembly over the

“callous and inconsiderate attitude of the Government of India in attending to the concerns of the farming community on recent allegedly farm legislation enacted by them.”

CAPT. AMARINDER SINGH

“These three legislations along with the proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 are clearly against the interests of farmers and landless workers, and time-tested agriculture marketing system established not only in Punjab but also in original green revolution areas of Punjab, Haryana, and Western UP,” it said, adding that the Government of India had clearly enacted trade legislations and not farm legislations.

Prior to the Introduction of Farm bills, the issue was extensively discussed with farmers and agri Experts: Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Media interaction in Chennai. Excerpts via PIB Chennai:

Prior to the Introduction of Farm bills, the issue was extensively discussed with farmers and agri Experts. These bills were introduced keeping the welfare of farmers in mind

In 2015 it is PM Modi who started shifting the focus of MSP on other crops such as coarse grains, oil seeds and spices also to reduce dependence on imports

MSP was there and will continue to be there. But because of the focus on increasing the MSP of only paddy and wheat annually it has brought a distortion in agriculture sector as many farmers shifted from other crops to the cultivation of paddy and wheat