Chandigarh, September 12
Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday wrote to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, in search of action on farmers’ demands, together with cancellation of “unfair” FIRs registered in opposition to growers throughout their agitation.
Asserting that the Congress stood by farmers’ agitation in opposition to the farm legal guidelines at each stage, Sidhu, nonetheless, requested the state authorities, “we should do extra” and “not let the three black legal guidelines be applied in Punjab at any value.”
Sidhu wrote to the chief minister two days after assembly representatives of 32 farm our bodies which had raised their demands with him.
In a gathering with representatives of all political events besides the BJP, the farmer leaders had instructed them not to perform electioneering until the Punjab polls are introduced.
In a letter to the CM, Sidhu wrote, “This is to deliver to your consideration and request for obligatory action, upon the demands raised by 32 farmer unions on the assembly referred to as by them.”
Sidhu mentioned farmer leaders demanded “the cancellation of unjust and unfair” FIRs registered in opposition to the farmer unions due to circumstances of violence in the course of the agitation within the state.”
Noting that the Congress and the state authorities supplied help to farmers protesting in opposition to the Centre’s farm legal guidelines, Sidhu mentioned, “Yet, some FIRs have been registered due to untoward incidences,” including that the federal government might arrange a mechanism to contemplate every case on compassionate grounds and cancel all “unfair” circumstances.
Referring to farmers’ worry of demand for land information by the Centre earlier than the crop procurement, Sidhu requested the state authorities to battle in opposition to the Centre’s “injustice”.
“I personally imagine it’s unfair,” mentioned Sidhu, including that partition of land had not occurred in lots of components of the state for many years.
“This can also be an assault on the resilient system of procurement by MSP by way of Arhtiyas and to push the farmers away from APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committees) mandis in the direction of non-public markets the place no such information are being demanded. Thus, I strongly really feel that the Central Govt is definitely creating ‘One Nation, Two Markets’ with completely different guidelines for APMC and personal markets. This injustice we should battle in opposition to !,” wrote Sidhu.
Sidhu additionally identified a hike in price range allocation for agriculture, Rs 7,181 crore of energy subsidy, Rs 5,810 crore of farm debt waiver and Rs 520 crore of mortgage waiver for farm labour and landless farmers.
“Noting the effectivity of Govt procurement finished by the Congress Govt. Congress employees and leaders have stood by the farmer agitation at each stage of the protest.
“Yet, we should do extra, standing firmer on our decision handed in Vidhan Sabha in October 2020, We mustn’t let the three blacks be applied in our state at any value !,” he said.
Sidhu burdened on procurement of pulses and oilseeds by way of state firms to improve farmers’ earnings.
“We should take steps forward from the farmer agitation’s battle in opposition to the three black legal guidelines to do extra and current the imaginative and prescient for Punjab agriculture, to improve Punjab’s farmers’ earnings utilizing each useful resource and energy we now have as a state to stand with the farmers,” he wrote.
He mentioned, “We should start procurement of ‘dals’ and oilseeds by way of state firms.” “Further, spend money on diversification with giving MSP on extra crops, giving storage capability in palms of farmers and strengthening farmer’s monetary capabilities by way of cooperatives and ahead linkages to commerce with out dependence on corporates,” he wrote. PTI