Capt calls all-party meet­ing on farm sec­tor or­di­nances

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTPUNJAB - HT Corre­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDI­GARH: Chief min­is­ter Capt Amarinder Singh has called an all-party meet­ing on June 24 over the is­sue of three or­di­nances re­lated to the agri­cul­ture sec­tor, re­cently passed by the Cen­tre, state Congress chief Su­nil Jakhar said on Saturday.

“Views of all the par­ties will be taken to ar­rive at the con­sen­sus that these or­di­nances were against the in­ter­est of the farm­ing com­mu­nity and we should ap­proach the Cen­tre and the prime min­is­ter over this is­sue,” Jakhar said.

He said farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties were up against this ‘kala kanoon’ (black law) and they have ve­he­mently op­posed these or­di­nances.

“Un­der these laws, the ef­forts are be­ing made to hand over the rights of farm­ers to the multi­na­tion­als and big cor­po­rates,” he al­leged and ex­pressed fear that the Narendra Modi gov­ern­ment had de­cided to “dis­band” the min­i­mum sup­port price (MSP) mech­a­nism with these or­di­nances un­der a “planned move”.

The cen­tral gov­ern­ment re­cently passed three or­di­nances, the Farm­ers’ Pro­duce Trade and Com­merce (Pro­mo­tion and Fa­cil­i­ta­tion) Or­di­nance, Farm­ers (Em­pow­er­ment and Pro­tec­tion) Agree­ment on Price As­sur­ance and Farm Ser­vices Or­di­nance, and the Es­sen­tial Com­modi­ties (Amend­ment) Or­di­nance.

The Cen­tre had said these would trans­form the farm sec­tor and help raise farm­ers’ in­come.

How­ever, the Congress gov­ern­ment in Pun­jab had said these or­di­nances were com­pletely against farm­ers and would badly hit the agrar­ian state.

The amend­ment to the Es­sen­tial Com­modi­ties Act was meant to dereg­u­late food items, in­clud­ing ce­re­als, pulses and onion.

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