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Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Objections to Centre’s new farm ordinances unfounded: Dhankar

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31

State BJP chief OP Dhankar on Monday hit out at Opposition leaders for their “negative” response to the three farm ordinances introduced by the Centre. He said criticism just for the sake of criticism was not good.

Dhankar also criticised the Punjab Government’s resolution against the ordinances. “Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is working against the interests of farmers for the fear of losing revenue in the form of market fee,” he told the media at his Panchkula residence on Monday.

“If Opposition leaders had some better ideas, they should have given suggestions to the Centre rather than criticising the ordinances. Their points could have been incorporated while passing the Bills,” the BJP leader said.

“The biggest takeaway of these Ordinances is to open markets across the country to farmers so that they can sell their produce at a place of their choice ad get better remunerative prices for their produce,” he said.

To prove his point, he gave the example of mustard. “Haryana produces mustard in large quantities, but people here don’t consume it much. On the contrary, people in Bihar used mustard oil a lot while cooking. If a farmer from Haryana is able to sell his produce in Bihar, he will certainly get a better price there,” said Dhankar, who served as the Kisan Morcha president.

The state BJP chief said the ordinances gave farmers the freedom to decide the price of their produce.

from The Tribune

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