LS passes 2 Agri bills, Harsimrat quits

NEW DELHI, Sept 17:
Lok Sabha today passed two bills relating to the agriculture sector, including the one which seek to promote barrier-free inter-state and intra-state trade in agricultural produce, amidst protests by the ruling NDA constituent Shiromani Akali Dal and the Opposition.
Union Minister and SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from the Union Cabinet to protest the two Bills as well as another similar measure passed by the Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal voted against the bills.
She was present in the House when the Bills were being passed.
Kaur submitted her resignation soon after party chief Sukhbir Badal announced in Lok Sabha that she would quit the Union Cabinet in protest against the three farm Bills.
The Bills passed today will replace the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance 2020 issued in June this year. (PTI)