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Sukhbir vows to repeal both central and state agricultural laws in Punjab if returned to power

The resolution had rejected Modi’s anti-farmer Acts and also sought declaration of Punjab as principal market area, he said. It also sought rejection of the APMC Act 2017.  

Published: 23rd October 2020 02:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd October 2020 09:49 AM   |  A+A-

SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal.

SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal. (Photo|PTI)

Express News Service

CHANDIGARH: Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal said his party on returning to power would repeal both the agri laws brought by the central and Punjab governments and instead declare the entire state as a Principal Market Area.

“(CM) Amarinder Singh has played a fraud on the farmers. He first thrust the Bill on us just minutes ahead giving no time for studying the Bills just as he had done with the water Bill in 2004 which has brought no result for Punjab,” Sukhbir said after presiding over the party’s core committee’s meeting.

“Also, the Bills on agriculture totally contradicted the resolution which we had passed.”

The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday had adopted a resolution rejecting the Centre’s new farm laws and passed four Bills.

The resolution had rejected Modi’s anti-farmer Acts and also sought declaration of Punjab as principal market area, he said. It also sought rejection of the APMC Act 2017.  

“But the Bills which Amarinder introduced had none of these provisions.” 

He also said that the farmers demanded that the government must ensure that the  farmers produce is procured at  Minimum Support Price for all the 22 crops for which the Centre  annually declares MSP.

“We have been demanding that the assured marketing at MSP regime must not only continue but also be expanded to cover all the 22 listed crops. When SAD forms a government, we will ensure that this demand is converted into an achievement.” The party is willing to do anything for the farmers because they are the backbone of Punjab’s economy, he added.

The opposition members  were shocked to see how the  Chief Minister had tricked Punjab by betraying the unanimous resolution passed by the Vidhan Sabha, he said. 

“The resolution had outrightly rejected the Centre’s anti-farmer Acts and  committed the state to declaring Punjab a Principal Market Area. It  had also rejected the APMC Act  2017 which is a photocopy of Modi’s anti-farmer Acts.” 



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  • Lokesh kakarla

    Can anyone explain benefit of declaring whole state as principal market? Does govt charge market cess on purchases outside APMCs?
    1 month ago reply
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