In a first, Punjab Assembly rejects Centre's agricultural laws


Chandigarh, Oct 20 (IANS): In a first in the country, the legislative Assembly in Punjab led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday unanimously passed three legislations and formally rejected the Centre's 'black' agricultural laws brought by the BJP-led Union government.

The Bills provide for imprisonment of not less than three years and a fine for sale or purchase of wheat or paddy under a farming agreement below the MSP, exemption of farmers from attachment of land up to 2.5 acres and prevention of hoarding and black-marketing of agricultural produce, among other things.

The three Bills, rejecting outright the Centre's 'anti-farmer' laws, and the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill that led to widespread protests by farmers in the agrarian states of Punjab and Haryana, were passed with a voice vote amid the presence of the Shriomani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members.

However, both the BJP members remained absent from the House during the special session of the Vidhan Sabha.

The Assembly also unanimously passed a resolution rejecting the Central legislations and the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill, seeking their immediate annulment along with a new Ordinance to protect the minimum support price (MSP) and ensure continuance of procurement by the government of India.

The Chief Minister informed the House that he had sought time from the President of India to raise Punjab's concerns on the farm laws and seek his intervention to protect the farmers.

He later led all the MLAs to the Punjab Raj Bhavan to submit the resolution passed by the House to Governor V.P. Singh Badnore.

Thanking all mthe embers for supporting the resolution, the Chief Minister said this would send a positive message to the farmers.

He assured all support to the farmers and vowed not to let Punjab's peaceful atmosphere be vitiated at any cost.

Amarinder Singh once again reiterated his appeal to the protesting farmers' unions to allow movement of trains for the transportation of coal, urea and foodgrains, pointing out that the state had already lost Rs 40,000 crore in revenue due to the 'rail roko'.

Industry and business was as much the responsibility of the state government as was agriculture, he said, adding that the farmers' fight was against Delhi, not against Punjab.

He expressed hope that the farmers' organisations will heed his appeal.

Earlier, responding to a suggestion from Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema on the MSP guarantee by state, the Chief Minister asked the AAP leader if he had any idea about the financial implications of such a move.

In any case, where would the state sell the produce even if it purchased the same, he added, terming the suggestion as impractical.

Replying to questions raised by SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia on the future of the State Amendment Bills, Amarinder Singh said he had already made it clear that the Bills would have to go to the Governor who may or may not approve them.

Thereafter, they would also need to go to the President of India, who may also approve or reject them.

However, he asserted that as in the case of the Punjab Termination of Water Agreements Act, the state government will continue to fight the Central laws legally, for which a team of lawyers and experts was onboard.

The Farmers' (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2020; The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2020; and The Essential Commodities (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2020, were passed to protect the state's farmers and agriculture by restoring various safeguards aimed at preventing damage apprehended by the farming community as a result of the Central legislations.

Besides ensuring MSP, with punishment in case of sale and purchase in violation of the same, the legislations provide for prevention of hoarding and black-marketing of foodgrains, the Chief Minister said.

The Code of Civil Procedure (Punjab Amendment) Bill of 2020 provides relief to farmers against attachment of land up to 2.5 acres, in line with the Congress government's election promise.

The House was adjourned after passage of the Bills till Wednesday, when it will meet for other legislative business.

 

  

Comment on this article

  • Joe, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    What is the use of rejecting the agricultural laws, when the chief minister himself says MSP guarantee cannot be given by the state, there lies the answer he is worried about the rich farmers and middleman who exploit the poor farmers.

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    BJP also supported in Punjab they where absent for the session, What about in Karnataka... they will go against and support Farmers ,..?

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  • RANGA, MANGALORE

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Just fake as his CAA assembly resolution. nothing going to happen..its central law, he has get President nod or go to SC..even SC will throw his appeal..its just politics..recent survey reveal majority of protestors doesnt know what farm law is..Punjab congress passed resolution against CAA but Sikhs are the benificiary of this law..Afgnaitsan pkaistan created hell for minority sikhs, CAA is only hope..Farm law opening avenue for farmers..Amarinder for his masters sake doing disservice to his people..his master mocks lockdown but punjab/maharastra keep on lockdowning..punjab, kerala/maharstara worst managed COVID state..

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    What if Amarinder Singh says we are not aware of this new law, nor it has been discussed with us or my party officially. States also have legislative assemblies to impliment or reject any policies of the centre which are not consulted and ratified suitable for the state and for the people. How CM Modi stopped army entering Gujrat for law and order sent by the then central congress govt during Gujrat riots and Modi allowed to continue the carniege.

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  • RANGA, MANGALORE

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    its fake as it is..lies ..no army called blah blah..they spinned lies/propaganda..riots daily news in WB..who cares..do u know in Maharastra kids rap#d killed just 3 days back...a Delhi boy was killed for freindship with other religion girl..what happened to secularism..its not communal..no protest..no black mark on india..really...same like CAA will remove indian citizenship..farm law brought after thorough deliberation..its not a day work..meeting consulation going on for months..every one was on board incl., punjab as it is major farming state..protest is fake , same like GST..every state FM was member..after years of consulation, meeting with state GST brought.. but after implemention Congress Govt start spreading lies as Gabbr singh tax!!..after GST taxes came down not increased, inflation totally under control even worse covid economic crisis..

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  • Bhavya Baliga, Udupi

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    He has no other choice because he is ruined and bankrupt with this pro-farmer policy.
    I still don't understand why some politicians still promote middlemen, dalals and pimps!!!

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    ' Thirukana Kanasu'. Don't say Sour Grapes when reality hits you.

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    This veer-shoor blah blah is because of sour-orange syndrome!!

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Veer
    There should be a limit for false propogonda.

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  • Sunil K, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Captain Amarinder Singh is the person who rightly deserves to be Prime Minister. If he puts forward (or allowed to) his name then all misguided souls will vote for Congress again.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    All unconstitutionally implimented laws and policies of this govt should be rejected by state assembly. BJP govt did no't even consult its own ally SAD, Shiv Sena and BJD before implementing these laws besides the opposition. Same goes for abrogation of article 370 in Kashmir where the central govt didn't consult with perfectly running J&K state assembly representatives, sitting MPs and MLAs nor the opposition in the parliament before brining guv rule at the middle of night at odd hours and arresting the sitting MPs. and MLAs of Kashmir putting them in house arrest under the pretext of security by NSA. This is not democratic way of running the govt. this is dictatorship.

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  • Bhavya Baliga, Udupi

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    get up tomorrow in sanity.

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  • Vish, Udupi

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Just a simple question to you, let me know how the new farm law will impact the farmers??

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