Electricity Amendment Bill: No discussions held with stakeholders, says Harsimrat in Parliament

Published on Aug 09, 2022 03:38 AM IST

Speaking in the Lok Sabha on Monday, Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal asserted that the agriculture ministry had given a written assurance to the farmers’ organisations that these Bills will be placed in Parliament after consultation with them.

SAD MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal at Parliament House during ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Monday. (PTI)
SAD MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal at Parliament House during ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Monday. (PTI)
By, Chandigarh

Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Monday asked Union power minister RK Singh to place in Parliament the details of the meeting held with the state governments and farmer organisations on the Electricity Amendment Bill.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha on Monday, she asserted that the agriculture ministry had given a written assurance to the farmers’ organisations that these Bills will be placed in Parliament after consultation with them.

“No discussion was held with those whose interests are connected; the NDA government is running away from the written assurances made on the amendment bill in the same manner as it had avoided fulfilling its promise on forming a committee for MSP guarantee for the farmers,” she said.

She accused the power minister of misleading Parliament when he said that the central government had not given any written assurance to the farmers’ organisations. In a response, Harsimrat showed a letter dated December 9, 2021, to both the speaker and the power minister in which assurance was given.

Taking a stand on the matter she said that the central government is discriminating against the farmers and wants to impose the electricity amendment bill on people in the same manner in which the three farm ordinances were issued without a prior consultation.

Talking to reporters outside Parliament, the MP said the manner in which the three farm laws were passed, the electricity amendment bill will also be passed and the power sector will be handed over to corporate houses adversely impacting the interests of farmers and weaker sections of the society. She demanded that all these issues should be resolved before the bill is tabled in Parliament.

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