Govt sets up high-powered committee to look into agrarian issues


Government has set up a high-powered committee of chief ministers to deliberate and suggests ways to transform agriculture and raising of farmers’ income following a directive from PM Narendra Modi at the governing council meeting of NITI Aayog last month.

The nine member committee will be chaired by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. Chief ministers of Karnataka, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh as it’s members besides rural development and agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar and NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand. The committee is expected to submit it’s report in two months time.

“The committee would discuss measures for transformation of agriculture and raising farmers’ income and suggest modalities for adoption and time bound implementation of the Agriculture Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2017’ and the Agriculture Produce and Livestock, Contract Farming and Services (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2018,” it said in a notification on Monday.


As per the offer, the committee would also examine various provisions of Essential Commodity Act (ECA), 1955 and suggest changes in the ECA to attract private investments in agricultural marketing and infrastructure.

“It will suggest mechanism for linking of market reforms with e-NAM, GRAM and other relevant schemes. It will outline policy measures to boost agricultural export, raise growth in food processing and attract investments in modern market infrastructure, value chains and logistics.

The committee would also suggest measures to upgrade agri-technology to global standards and improve access of farmers to quality seed, plant propagation material and farm machinery in agriculturally advance countries.

The high powered committee of chief ministers for ‘Transformation of Indian Agriculture’ will be serviced by NITI Aayog.

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