National President of Welfare Party of India Dr SQR Ilyas strongly criticised the Modi government for introducing Bills that are detrimental and changing the nature of our country.

He said the the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill passed in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday will infringe upon the rights of the states and is against the spirit of federalism enshrined in the constitution.

He pointed out that the Co-operative Banks are cooperative societies registered under State Co-operative Societies Act of the state and this sector has been playing a pivotal role in reaching out to the rural population and poor people across the nation. The government should have removed the lacunae in this sector and strengthened it instead of bringing it under the central control of RBI and thereby disempowering it.

Dr Ilyas said the condition of farmers in the country is pathetic, there have been many incidents of farmer suicides, the Modi government instead of improving the condition of the farmers is bringing about laws which are anti Farmers.

He said the Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 which has provisions that will attract corporate sector, private sector/FDI into Agricultural sector which is pronouncing death knell on the small/medium farmers.

He said that the contract farming provision in the Bill will make farmers the weaker players and the sponsors will ignore the small and marginal farmers and these farmers will not be able to stand against the giant players who have huge money and government’s backing.

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