Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh moved a resolution to the Assembly on Tuesday opposing the three farm legislation passed by the Center in Parliament and requesting that the Government revoke the legislation. He introduced three bills in the assembly — amending the Farmers Produce Facilitation Act, amending the Vital Crops Act and amending the Farmers Agreement and the Farm Services Act — to counter farm law.
The Chief Minister also introduced three bills to counter the Centre’s farm laws.
The three bills introduced by Amarinder Singh are – Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment Bill 2020, the Essential Commodities (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill 2020.
Addressing the members of the House, Singh said agriculture is a state subject but the Centre ignored it. “I find it very strange what the government of India wants to do,” he said.
The three farm bills – the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 — were passed by Parliament recently.
Punjab tries to mitigate the impact of state-level agriculture policy by enforcing state regulation as far as possible. The state has been the epicentre of farmers ‘and political parties’ demonstrations against the laws of agriculture.
On the first day of a specail assembly meeting, the opposition slammed Punjab ‘s government for not tabling bills. The two-day special meeting started with obituary references as Chief Minister Amarinder Singh led the House to pay tribute to the farmers who lost their lives during the ongoing fight against farm legislation. Amritsar East MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu attended the assembly for the first time since his resignation from the state cabinet last year.
SAD MLAs rode tractors to enter Vidhan Sabha in protest against the rules of the estate. You ripped copies of the farm laws of the Centre.
Out of the assembly facility, AAP MLAs carried out a rally using black capes while scraping and burning copies. Speaker Rana K.P. Singh postponed the house for an hour after a conference took over obituary. The house ran again almost 15 minutes before it was postponed until Tuesday.