Agricultural Produce Market Amendment Bill passed in Rajasthan with allegations on the Center, what will be the benefit to the farmers?

The Rajasthan Legislative Assembly on Wednesday passed the Rajasthan Agricultural Produce Market (Amendment) Bill, 2022 by voice vote. Minister of State for Agriculture Marketing, Murarilal Meena introduced the bill in the House. After the discussion on the bill, in his reply, he said that this new bill has been brought by the central government regarding agriculture. agricultural laws It has been brought to get rid of the situation arising out of it. After the repeal of the central laws, the earlier status is being restored through this law.

Along with this, trade of non-notified agricultural produce and food products has been facilitated in agricultural markets. Meena said that due to the agricultural laws of the central government, the mandi fees and farmer welfare fees collected by the market committees had come down significantly. In such a situation, this amendment bill has been passed.

how much was the income reduced

Meena said that before the introduction of these laws, agricultural market committees received revenue of Rs 665 crore in the year 2019-20. After the new central agricultural laws came into existence, their revenue receipt fell to Rs 562 crore in the year 2020-21 and Rs 424 crore in the year 2021-22. This has adversely affected the basic development of the mandis. It is clear that instead of increasing the revenue from the mandis, more than Rs 200 crore decreased.

What is the government doing with the money received from the mandis

The minister said that a review meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister on January 24, 2022, after the notification to withdraw the central agricultural laws was issued. In which it was decided to make arrangements in the mandis as before in consultation with the trade boards and farmer representatives. He informed that the state government is giving grant up to Rs.1 crore for setting up agro processing units and infrastructure development through farmer welfare fee.

how much charge

Meena said that along with notified commodities in agricultural markets, they also trade non-notified agricultural produce. Farmers also want that they should get all the things they need in the mandis. Keeping all these conditions in mind, a new section 17B has been added to provide better facilities to the traders for trading of non-notified agricultural produce and food products within the market yard. Only 0.25 percent duty has been imposed on these items, while in many states including Uttar Pradesh this duty is more than one percent.

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