Tribune News Service
New Delhi, March 15
Congress Rajya Sabha member from Punjab Partap Singh Bajwa on Monday accused the Centre of assembly out a step-motherly treatment to the state and highlighted how as an alternative of lending a serving to hand in coping with COVID-19 induced financial slowdown, it’s chopping down on central help.
Raising the matter throughout Zero Hour in the House, Bajwa mentioned, “Instead of serving to the State of Punjab recuperate from the COVID-19 financial slowdown, the Government of India has taken steps to hurt the State, corresponding to chopping the Rural Development Fund (RDF) from 3 per cent to 1 per cent, which can trigger a lack of over Rs. 1,000 crore to the exchequer of the state”.
He additionally highlighted that on the peak of the pandemic, the Centre had arrears over Rs. 8,200 crore to the state, due to gradual launch of GST dues.
Further noting the March 11 order of the Food Corporation of India, in which it has been proposed tighter quality control for the procurement of wheat and paddy, the Congress MP pointed that this transfer comes barely 15 days earlier than the harvesting of wheat begins in Punjab.
“The new necessities corresponding to 12 per cent moisture content material and discount of overseas matter in the produce are climate associated, and by penalising the farmers for this, the Government of India is actually arguing that world warming is in the fingers of the farmers.” he mentioned.
Bajwa alleged that the Centre is attempting to punish the farmers for his or her protests by making it virtually inconceivable for them to promote their merchandise at MSP, and thereby permitting the central authorities companies to run away from procurement.
Other adjustments corresponding to requiring farmers submitting land possession data to obtain MSP for wheat is additional signal of the Centre’s intent to cease procurement of grains.
“Nearly 45 per cent of land holdings in Punjab are leased out, and such a transfer together with direct financial institution transfers to the land proprietor, will tremendously have an effect on the cultivator,” he mentioned.