Farm Bills passage enormous blow to federalism: Chidambaram

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 18

With the Lok Sabha passing farm associated payments, the Congress at present mentioned the event is a blow to federalism.

In a tweet on Friday, Congress veteran P Chidambaram mentioned, States weren’t consulted for the payments. The passage of the legal guidelines is a big blow dealt by the BJP authorities to States’

rights and federalism.”

Chidambaram mentioned farmers of Punjab and Haryana are on the streets protesting. “This captures the distance between the people and the government. The two Ordinances challenge the three pillars of our still-imperfect ‘food security system’. They are (1) MSP; (2) public procurement; and (3) PDS. The grave flaw in the Ordinances is that they do not stipulate that the price which the farmer gets ‘shall not be less than the MSP,” he mentioned.

Chidambaram mentioned farmers in Tamil Nadu have informed me that they’re promoting paddy at Rs 850 to non-public merchants in opposition to an MSP of Rs 1,150.

“State authorities should clarify,” he mentioned.

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