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Friday, 30 October 2020

Farm laws will derail state’s agro economy, says Jakhar

Ravi Dhaliwal

Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, October 29

PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar addressed a farmers' rally here today in which he accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of trying to derail the entire agro-economy of the country by bringing in a "set of Bills best suited to some selective industrialists".

Ready for debate with centre's experts

BJP leaders and bureaucrats who have drafted the laws know nothing about the agriculture sector. I challenge the so-called experts of the Centre to have a one-to-one debate with me. - Sunil Jakhar, PPCC President

He urged farmers to be ready for a "fight to the finish as their survival depended on it". "We have to win both the battle and the war. The Vidhan Sabha has stood by the agriculturists by negating the laws. Unfortunately, BJP leaders and bureaucrats who have drafted the laws know nothing about the agriculture sector. I doubt if they can even properly name the implements commonly used in farming. I challenge the so-called experts of the Union Government to have a one-to-one debate with me. The laws envisage that farmers can enter into a contract with private players and sell their produce at a pre-agreed price. But the Union Government is not telling the farmers that they will be the weaker players in such an arrangement in terms of their ability to negotiate what they need," he said.

Jakhar said being private companies, these players would have an edge in negotiating disputes. "The players will also have the freedom to stock foodgrain. This, in turn, means they will dictate terms to farmers which may lead to lesser prices for the cultivators," the PPCC chief said.

Referring to the ordinance passed by the Centre in which it proposed a fine of Rs 1 crore apart from imposing a five-year jail term on farmers engaged in paddy stubble burning, Jakhar said the Centre had showed its myopic attitude in solving agriculture-related problems.



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