Farm laws Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Shifts Protest To Jantar Mantar Amid “Security Concerns”

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Punjab Chief Minister, MLAs Protest Against Farm Laws At Jantar Mantar

The protest was shifted from Delhi’s Raj Ghat to Jantar Mantar in view of “safety causes”.

New Delhi/Chandigarh:

All ministers and Congress MLAs from Punjab, led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, have gathered at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar to protest towards the suspension of excellent trains to their state, the place farmers have been agitating towards the three newly enacted farm legal guidelines for months.

The MLAs, together with Navjot Singh Sidhu, marched in direction of Jantar Mantar from Punjab Bhavan regardless of being stopped by the Delhi Police.

Protesting MLAs have accused the central authorities of attempting to “choke Punjab” with suspension of products trains, the place all important items at the moment are briefly provide, together with coal for energy crops and fertilizer for winter crops.

Whereas state-owned energy utility PSPCL has began energy cuts throughout classes from Tuesday night, urea fertiliser is being introduced in vans by means of Ambala and Dabwali, growing prices.

Based on officers, Punjab wants 14.50 lakh tonnes of urea for winter crops like potato and wheat, however solely about 75,000 tonnes is on the market within the state. That is more likely to hit sowing within the nation’s whaet basket state. 

The protest, earlier scheduled to be held at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Raj Ghat, comes a day after President Ram Nath Kovind turned down a gathering with Amarinder Singh to debate the brand new farm legal guidelines in Punjab. The positioning of protest was modified in view of “safety restrictions”.

“The Chief Minister will now lead dharna of Punjab MLAs at Jantar Mantar, the place he’ll attain at 12:15 pm, after paying his respects to Father of the Nation (Mahatma Gandhi) at Rajghat,” Punjab chief minister’s media advisor Raveen Thukral tweeted.

The Railway Ministry suspended items practice companies to Punjab citing issues over safety of its “males and materials” in view of the farmers “rail roko” protest. The suspension, nevertheless, got here after farmers had scaled down their protests, and principally moved them away from railway tracks days after Punjab state meeting handed three payments to counter the Centre’s farm legal guidelines on October 20.

The state’s farm payments are but to be cleared by Governor Virendra Pal Singh Badnore, who has given no cause for the delay.

The three legal guidelines – the Farmer’s Produce Commerce and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Invoice, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Safety) Settlement of Value Assurance and Farm Providers Invoice, 2020 and the Important Commodities (Modification) Invoice, 2020 – had been just lately handed by the Parliament resulting in widespread protest by farmers.

Farmers concern the legal guidelines depart them weak to exploitation by the non-public sector, however the authorities has stated they merely get rid of the intermediary and would in reality assist them get higher returns for his or her crops by means of direct offers with patrons, together with retail chains.

Opposition events, led by Congress, and a few farmers’ organisations contend the legal guidelines will destroy the minimal help worth mechanism, Agricultural Produce Market Committees, or APMCs, and permit corporates to arm-twist the farmers.

Moreover Punjab, Congress-rules Rajasthan has additionally handed three payments to counter the Centre’s farm legal guidelines.

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