Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not go forward with the laws of “anti-farmer ordinances introduced in parliament in the present day (Monday)” and introduced he would lead an 11-member Congress delegation to submit a memorandum to Governor towards the ordinances on Wednesday.
In accordance with an official launch, rejecting the Centre’s declare that Punjab was taken on board earlier than the promulgation of the anti-farmer Ordinances introduced in Parliament on Monday, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh urged the Prime Minister to not go forward with their laws.
In addition to the Chief Minister, the delegation will embrace Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar together with some ministers and MLAs of the occasion, an official spokesperson mentioned.
The choice to satisfy the Governor got here after the BJP-led central authorities introduced the three controversial Ordinances in Parliament for the laws regardless of robust protests by farmers in varied states, together with Punjab.
The Chief Minister additionally wrote a letter to the Prime Minister requesting him to not pursue the Ordinances and in addition to make MSP a statutory proper of the farmers. He urged the Prime Minister to not disappoint the folks and farmers of Punjab and favourably contemplate their request to not go forward with the Ordinances, which aren’t within the curiosity of the farmers.
In the meantime, asserting that his authorities had been constantly opposing the so-called reforms introduced in by the Ordinances, the Chief Minister mentioned, in a press release, that at no level did Punjab endorse any such transfer, opposite to what was being projected by the central authorities. In actual fact, the Ordinances weren’t mentioned even as soon as on the sole assembly of the high-powered committee held after Punjab was made a member, he added.
Reacting to the assertion made in Parliament in the present day by Union Minister of State for Shopper Affairs, Meals and Public Distribution, Raosaheb Patil Danve, that the high-powered committee on agriculture had selected the Ordinances after due consideration by all member states, Captain Amarinder termed it as irresponsible since Punjab by no means supported any such transfer, nor was it consulted earlier than the promulgation of the Ordinances.
Mentioning that Punjab was initially excluded from the high-powered committee arrange by the central authorities in July 2019, the Chief Minister mentioned it was solely after the state authorities protested that it was included, in August 2019. By that point, the committee had already held its first assembly.
On the second assembly, on August 16, 2019, Finance Minister Manpreet Badal had represented Punjab, and solely sure fiscal points associated to Agriculture had been mentioned. The Ordinances or their provisions didn’t come up in any respect for dialogue at that assembly, in line with Manpreet. Subsequently, a gathering of the Agriculture Secretaries of the member states was held on September 3, 2019, at which Punjab had taken a robust stand towards any dilution of APMC Act. The draft report of the committee was circulated for feedback and Punjab had once more made its stand clear, strongly opposing any transfer to dilute the farmer pleasant legal guidelines.
Nonetheless, mentioned the Chief Minister, the central authorities didn’t handle Punjab’s feedback and, in actual fact, there was no assembly or dialogue in any respect thereafter. As an alternative, within the midst of the pandemic, the Centre selected to promulgate the Ordinances in June 2020, he added.
The clandestine method during which the Ordinances had been launched clearly confirmed that the central authorities had no intention of defending the pursuits of the farmers however was bent on implementing the report of the Shanta Kumar committee, which had really useful the gradual withdrawal of MSP and dismantling of FCI, mentioned the Chief Minister.
The Ordinances usually are not acceptable to Punjab, mentioned Captain Amarinder, including that these are additionally anti-federal as Agriculture is a state topic.
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