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    Govt which reneged on GST can't be trusted on MSP: Capt Amarinder Singh

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    The new agricultural Acts will be a non-starter in Punjab as farmers for whose apparent benefit the laws have been framed are unhappy, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh said.

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    New Delhi: The new agricultural Acts will be a non-starter in Punjab as farmers for whose apparent benefit the laws have been framed are unhappy, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has said. “In such a situation no private trader or investor is likely to venture into private mandis in Punjab,” the CM told ET in an interview. The CM said he has asked his advocate general to challenge the Acts in the court. “I am sure we will get relief from the court. But if we don’t, we will look at options,” the CM said when asked if the state would refuse to implement the laws.

    When asked about PM Modi’s statement that the Centre intended to retain the system of announcing the minimum support price for procurement before each harvest season, he said: “So why have they not mentioned it in the bills? Why should we believe them? Obviously farmers don’t believe it, nor do we. A government which has let us down so badly on GST is not to be trusted,” Singh said. He claimed that the laws were unconstitutional as agriculture was a state subject and Centre had encroached upon states’ domain. “They have gone against the federal structure of our Constitution,” he alleged. Singh said the new legislations were based on recommendations of the Shanta Kumar Committee which suggested abolition of MSP and FCI. “If they have implemented other suggestions what stops them from implementing the ones on ending MSP regime and shutting down FCI,” the CM asked.

    Singh said the small and marginal farmers, who make up 86% of farmers, “want state protection as private players do not give them even MSP”. The new laws will destroy that security, they will destroy farmers who have saved our nation from hunger and given us food security as they cannot compete with or bargain with big buyers or market players, the CM said. “My topmost priority is to protect the farmers, most of whom will not survive if the new system comes into place.” Singh slammed the Shiromani Akali Dal, Punjab’s opposition party, for “a total farce” by Harsimrat Badal’s resignation from the Union Cabinet. He said SAD had lost the last vestige of hope of returning to power in Punjab. “Frankly, I don’t think Akalis pose any challenge for the 2022 elections. They never did, but after the way they have cheated farmers they are a spent force,” Singh said when asked on prospects of the next assembly elections.

    “If Harsimrat’s resignation was real, why did SAD not quit NDA? The farmers are not fools. They know how SAD has backstabbed them and are pretending now to be on their side. The Badals have lost confidence of the people of Punjab completely, especially farmers. Nothing they do now will help them,” the CM said. Singh dismissed BJP’s claims that Congress manifestos had promised similar laws, saying “we had clearly stated that we will protect MSP. Nowhere do the new laws make even a mention of it. They want farmers to believe in their verbal assurances which we all know are not trustworthy. As for APMC, we never said we will replace APMC with contract farming and private procurement. We don’t want farmers to become pawns in the Centre’s larger conspiracy to hand over the agriculture sector to private players.”
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    4 Comments on this Story

    Vaneet Vaneet65 days ago
    what wrong happened with gst? some people don't come out of slumber that the kingdom days are over ð , poor will no longer get poorer because of the divisive approach of congress.
    Indian 66 days ago
    This Sardar has lost it! Becoming another Pappu.
    Shubham Pal66 days ago
    I believe it is time come again play politics in Amit Shah way they must be shown their place. enough of chaos we have seen, we will not let our country down by this antinational parties and its crown prince's chamchas.
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