Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal Resigns

The Union Food Processing Industries Minister Shrimati Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned on September 17, 2020. Her resignation was to showcase her protest against the three farm sector bills that was introduced to reform the agriculture sector. The President of India Ramnath Govind has accepted her resignation on the advice of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

What is the issue?

  • The Lok Sabha recently passed three bills,
  1. Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) bill,
  2. Farmers (Empowerment and protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services bill
  3. Essential Commodities (amendment) bill.
  • The political parties have been protesting against the bill stating that the bills would only help big corporates and not the small farmers.
  • Amid the protest, Harsimrat kaur Badal has resigned.

Constitutional Provisions on Resignation

  • Third Schedule of Government of India (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1961- It states that the Prime Minister and other ministers of the union shall resign by submitting a letter to the President of India.
  • The President of India can reject or accept the resignation as advised by the Prime Minister.
  • However, since there is a provision of taking two oaths. One before the Chairman of Rajya Sabha or Speaker of Lok Sabha as a member and second before the President of India as a minister. So, if the representative is resigning as the minister, it does not affect the Membership of Parliament.

Thus, even though Harsimrat Kaur Badal has resigned as Minister. She is still the Member of Parliament.