October 20, 2020 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: During a special session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha three bills are introduced to counter Union Government of India’s three new agricultural laws.
Brief details available, at the time of writing this news, are as follows:-
As per The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment Bill no sale of paddy and wheat in Punjab will be valid unless it is paid equal to or over MSP. Imprisonment of three years and a fine in case anybody compells a farmer to sell his agricultural produce below MSP.
The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance (special provisions and Punjab amendment) Bill, makes it mandatory for those entering into contract farming with farmers too will have to pay the MSP or over the MSP. Punishment of three years if the Act is violated.
Essential Commodities (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill keeps all powers to fix stock limits of food grains with state. Rejects Centre’s powers to fix stock limits. Imprisonment of three years and a fine in case anybody compells a farmer to sell his agricultural produce below MSP.
Speaking during the special session, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh expressed apprehensions that the Punjab government or the President of India may refuse to give their content to these laws when passed by Punjab Vidhan Sabha.
At the time of writing this news the bills were being debated in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.
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