Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday took a dig at the protesting Opposition members in the Lok Sabha and said if they were concerned about farmers, then they should allow the House to function.
He was replying to a supplementary query related to an insurance scheme for farmers during Question Hour. On the other hand, Opposition members continued their sloganeering on various issues, including the Pegasus snooping allegations and the new farm laws.
Narendra Singh Tomar said there were around 15 questions related to farmers. If the Opposition members were really concerned about the farmers, then they should listen to what the government had to say, Tomar added. He said disruptions were lowering the decorum of the House.
The Opposition and farmer unions have been protesting against the three farm laws — the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The farmers say these laws will remove the safety net of MSP and leave them at the mercy of big corporates. The government, however, maintains that these laws are pro-farmer.
Both Houses of Parliament have transacted little business since the monsoon session began on July 19 as opposition parties have forced adjournments with their protests.