The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020


The essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 comprises of provisions to get rid of commodities like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potatoes from list of essential commodities.

It aims to get rid of fears of personal investors of government restrictive interference in their business operations. The liberty to supply, hold, move, distribute and provide can result in harnessing of economies of scale and attract personal sector/foreign direct investments into agriculture sector.

It’ll conjointly facilitate to approach investment in cold storages and modernization of food offer chain. The Ordinance necessitates that inconvenience of any stock verge of collapse on rural turn out should be supported on price rise. A stock limit may well be forced simply if there is: (I) a 100 percent growth in retail price of plant produce; and (ii) a 0.5 increment within the retail price of sturdy rural food things.

The growth are determined over the value winning quickly going before a year, or the conventional retail price of the foremost recent 5 years, whichever is lower.

The government has ensured the simplest interests of the customers by this modification bill. Also, in things like war famine, extraordinary worth rise and natural bad luck, such agricultural foodstuff will be regulated. Before this bill was glided by the Rajya Sabha, Minister of States for client Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Shri Danve Raosaheb Dadarao aforementioned that this modification can facilitate to scale back wastage of agro-products by manner of higher storage facilities. Moreover, he speculated it to form a positive surroundings for farmers, investors still as customers and pave manner for self-sufficiency during this sector.

The question which remains unanswered at the end is that if government vision is clear about Minimum Support Price (MSP), then why government is not coming up with the bill regarding MSP so that every farmers can get the good price for their crops as there is no such bill for the MSP.

Author-

Dharam Deepak Vishwash (4th Year)

      B.A.LLB (H)

      Central University of South Bihar

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