JORHAT: The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) Jorhat district committee burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday in support of their demand to scrap the amendment to the Essential Commodities Act.
The AJYCP activists showing placards and shouted slogans against the Prime Minister and the Central Government and demanded fair prices for farmers' produce, decreasing the prices of essential commodities and re-implementing the minimum support price.
President of Jorhat district unit of AJYCP, Pranab Jyoti Saikia and acting secretary Surya Kalita called for scrapping of the amendment to the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 which was passed by Parliament on September 22 and was linked to the farmers' reform bills.
In this amendment, the government removed cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potatoes from the list of essential commodities.
The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill were passed by both the houses of Parliament on Monday. The AJYCP said that the bills were pro-corporate as they opened up the agriculture sector to private players and that farmers would not get a minimum fair price for these items from the government.
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