On 18th September 2020, President of India, Ram Nath Kovind accepted the resignation of Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries with immediate effect. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Lok Sabha leader of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) tendered her resignation in protest against anti-former ordinances and legislation which were passed on 17th September 2020.The resignation was accepted under the clause (2) of Article 75 of the Indian Constitution.
- Cabinet Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was assigned to the additional charges of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries(MoFPI).
The current portfolio of Narendra Singh Tomar includes the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Rural Development and the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.
i.Ms Badal resigned from the union cabinet against the following Farm sector bills,
- Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020
- Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance Farm Services Bill, 2020
- Essential Commodities(Amendment) Bill
ii.Her Husband, Sukhbir Singh Badal is the president of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and a Lok Sabha member.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is a centre-right Sikh-centric state political party in Punjab, India. The party is the second-oldest in India, after Congress, being founded in 1920.
Recent Related News:
i.On June 22, 2020, The Union Minister of Food Processing Industries (FPI) Harsimrat Kaur Badal launched the Food Processing Edition of the Exclusive Investment Forum (Webinar) hosted by Invest India.
ii.On February 26, 2020 Union Food Processing Industries(FPI) Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal Launched Market Intelligence & Early Warning (MIEWS) at Delhi. MIEWS portal is a ‘First-of -its-kind’ platform that monitors the prices of TOP Crops (Tomato, Onion & Potato) & generates alert for timely market intervention under the terms of Operation Greens(OG) scheme for price stabilization during glut situations.
About Ministry of Food Processing Industries:
Union Minister (additional charge)– Narendra Singh Tomar
Minister of State(MoS)– Rameswar Teli