Bengal worries about bill fallout on PDS source -Pranesh Sarkar

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published Published on Sep 26, 2020   modified Modified on Sep 26, 2020

-The Telegraph

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,

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