Punjab assembly again passes resolution to withdraw farm laws

Punjab assembly again passes resolution to withdraw farm laws

Even as he led the state Assembly in seeking unconditional withdrawal of the three farm laws, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday asked 10 questions from the nation to expose the intent of the Centre behind the legislations.

Singh said the farm legislations were unacceptable to the farmers and the state.

He also appealed to the government of India to withdraw all cases and notices against the agitating farmers to build a congenial environment for an amicable solution.

Introducing a resolution calling for repeal of the farm laws by the Centre, the Chief Minister declared in the Assembly that these laws cannot be accepted and allowed to remain on the statute book to the detriment of the farmers. Not only are they against the principles of cooperative federalism but their objectives are apparently preposterous, he added.

The resolution, which was later passed unanimously, expressed the angst of the members against the “inconsiderate and unresponsive attitude” of the government of India, which has aggravated the situation and enhanced unrest and anguish among the farmers.

It demanded the unconditional withdrawal of the farm laws in the interest of the farmers and the state, and to continue with the existing system of MSP-based government procurement of food grains.

While Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLAs were suspended by the Speaker over unruly behaviour when the Chief Minister was speaking on the issue, AAP members had staged a walkout before it was put to vote.

Ostensibly, these laws are aimed to achieve the objective of doubling the income of farmers, but it does not appear to be so, Singh said while tabling the resolution, pointing out that the farmers consider these a threat to their livelihood, and as a result, they started an agitation against these laws, demanding that these may be withdrawn.

Singh said his government had right from the beginning, since June 5, 2020 when the three Ordinances on the issue were promulgated by the Centre, opposed the laws. He termed as unfortunate the fact that the three Bills passed unanimously by Punjab assembly to counter the ill-effects of the farm laws had still not been granted the Presidential assent under Article 254 (2) of the Constitution.

News Source: DNA India

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