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Saturday, 17 October 2020

SAD’s Bill seeks removal of amendments to 2017 Act

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 16

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today submitted a private member's Bill in the Vidhan Sabha secretariat calling for removal of amendments to the Punjab Agricultural Produce Markets Act, 2017, to prevent farmers of the state from being exploited at the hands of private entities.

SAD legislature party leader Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said the Bill sought to undo the damage done to farmers' interests by way of amendments introduced to the Act by the Congress government.

Dhillon said the amended Act had put farmers at the mercy of private players as far as pricing and sale of their produce was concerned.

He said establishment of private marketing yards and direct purchase of produce from farmers had taken away the protection that had earlier been given under the Act.

Stating that it was of utmost urgency to protect the interests of farmers, Dhillon requested Vidhan Sabha Speaker Rana KP Singh to allow the amendment Bill to be introduced in the forthcoming special Assembly session by waiving the mandatory notice period of 15 days needed to move the Bill.



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