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Badals laid foundation of Centre’s farm laws: Sidhu

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday attacked the Badals, accusing them of laying the foundation of the Centre’s farm legal guidelines over which farmers are protesting for the previous a number of months. The Congress chief alleged that one of the Centre’s legal guidelines is a “photostat copy” of the Punjab Contract Farming Act, 2013 enacted throughout the earlier SAD-BJP authorities led by Parkash Singh Badal.

The Amritsar MLA additionally claimed that the Badals initially supported the central legal guidelines after which took a U-turn after dealing with warmth from farmers.

“It is with conviction and clarity that I say that the Badals laid the foundation of the Centre’s three black laws,” mentioned Sidhu addressing his first press convention after assuming the cost of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.

“Badals are the policy makers (neeti nirmata) for the three black laws,” alleged Sidhu.

Sidhu mentioned former CM Parkash Singh Badal had tabled a invoice on contract farming within the Punjab Assembly in 2013 and later it was enacted because the Punjab Contract Farming Act.

The Punjab legislation is the “soul” whereas the Centre’s three “black laws” are the “body”, he mentioned.

Sidhu claimed that the Punjab’s legislation by no means talked in regards to the minimal help worth and it allowed corporates to purchase crop beneath it to be able to exploit farmers.

As many as 108 crops, together with wheat and paddy, have been introduced beneath the legislation, he mentioned.

In case of a dispute, the forms was given the ability to settle it beneath the Punjab Contract Farming Act, he mentioned, including that farmers have been barred from approaching the court docket.

Sidhu additionally in contrast some of the provisions of the Punjab legislation with the Centre’s Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, saying it’s a “photostat copy” of the state legislation.

He mentioned there was no MSP assure in each legal guidelines, which point out dispute settlement by forms, bar on jurisdiction of the civil court docket, quantity recovered as land income, interval of settlement and registration authority.

He mentioned as per these two legal guidelines, it was the company who would resolve farm companies and so they might additionally procure crop straight from fields that might kill the APMC mandis.

Subdivisional magistrates got safety and no farmer might file any swimsuit beneath these two legal guidelines, he mentioned.

According to the Punjab legislation, if a farmer makes any default, he may very well be sentenced to one-month in jail and compelled to pay a superb starting from Rs 5,000 to Rs 5 lakh, he mentioned.

These legal guidelines have been framed solely to profit the corporates, Sidhu alleged.

The cricketer-turned-politician slammed the Badals for first backing the Centre’s three farm legal guidelines after which taking a U-turn after criticism from farmers.

Some video clips of Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Singh Badal and Harsimrat Kaur Badal displaying them praising the Centre’s three farm legal guidelines have been additionally performed throughout the press convention.

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