Bengal worries about bill fallout on PDS source -Pranesh Sarkar
Laws to hit procurement, say officials
Calcutta: Three farm reform bills passed by Parliament recently may play havoc with the public distribution system in Bengal as the state government’s procurement programme is likely to get affected because of entry of big players.
The Farmers’ Produce Trade And Commerce (Promotion And Facilitation) Bill, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill had been passed during the monsoon session of Parliament this week.
The PDS has over 8 crore beneficiaries in Bengal and if the procurement of agricultural produce — mainly paddy — goes awry, it will have an impact on food security of poor people, said a senior state government official.
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The Telegraph, 26 September, 2020, https://www.telegraphindia.com/west-bengal/bengal-worries-about-farm-bill-fallout-on-pds-source/cid/1793068?fbclid=IwAR0iR6LGBFLbTesZs0wvyGdHrMvPSJhxUoY4P9lqChPyWqoUk8GHW3qWysQ
Tagged with: PDS Public Distribution System Access to Food National Food Security Act NFSA Right to Food Farmers’ Produce Trade And Commerce Promotion And Facilitation Bill Farmers Empowerment and Protection Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill Essential Commodities Amendment Bill