NEW DELHI: In another attempt to embarrass opposition parties supporting the farmers’ protest, the government’s proposal to the farmers referred to a committee headed by former Haryana chief minister Bhupendra Singh Hooda, which has recommended the abolition or abolition of the agri-production market committee (APMC).
Other members of the committee include the then CMs Prakash Singh Badal (Punjab), Nitish Kumar (Bihar) and Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal). “In May 2010, the Working Group of Agricultural Products was formed under Bhupendra Singh Hooda. The committee formed the then CM of Punjab, Prakash Singh Badal, West Bengal and Bihar CM,” the government said in a letter to farmers’ associations.
The government claims that the committee has recommended the removal of restrictions on the sale of agricultural products. “The Committee recommends that there should be no monopoly on the agricultural commodity markets.
The committee has suggested strengthening the private sector in the sale of agricultural products and developing terminal markets with the help of individual entrepreneurs. The Huda-led committee was quoted a few days after the BJP disseminated NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s letter to CMs seeking changes in the state’s APMC regulations to promote private participation as Union Agriculture Minister in 2010-2011.


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