Govt’s three farm ordinances ‘death knell’ for agriculture, alleges Cong

New Delhi, September 12

The Congress on Saturday hit out on the Centre over three farm ordinances, alleging that they might subjugate the farmers “at the altar of a handful of crony capitalists” and have been a “death knell” for agriculture.

The social gathering asserted that it’ll oppose the ordinances each inside and out of doors Parliament and attain out to like-minded events to place up a joint resistance on the difficulty.

The Congress’ assault got here amid protests by farmers, together with in Haryana and Punjab, towards the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.

The ordinances search to offer barrier-free commerce for farmers’ produce outdoors notified farm mandis, and empower farmers to enter into farming agreements with non-public gamers previous to the manufacturing on the market of agri-produce.

Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala expressed solidarity with these protesting towards the ordinances and mentioned the social gathering will struggle the Modi authorities “tooth and nail” on this subject.

“These three draconian ordinances are a death knell for agriculture in India. They will subjugate the farmer at the altar of a handful of crony capitalists, making them labourers to toil on their own land rather than getting a remunerative price for their crop under the system of minimum support price,” he mentioned at a web based press convention.

“Our floor leaders will speak to every party. They are already in touch and we will put up a joint opposition to the draconian ordinances of the Modi government aimed at subjugating the farming community and abolishing the livelihood of crores of people who are aligned with the grain markets and other market systems,” he mentioned.

Surjewala raised numerous points within the ordinances that might allegedly hurt the pursuits of the farmers.

There isn’t any provision within the ordinances for the safety of the rights of farm labourers or tenants, he mentioned.

“When the mandi system ends, the farmer will be dependent only on contract farming and the big companies will set the price for his crop. What is this if not a new zamindari system?” he requested.

“As soon as the mandis are done with, the livelihood of lakhs and crores of labourers, middlemen, book-keepers, transporters etc. working in the grain-vegetable mandis will end automatically,” he claimed.

Surjewala alleged it was a “plot” to transform the “disaster of the farmers” into “opportunities” for a handful of crony capitalists beneath the duvet of the coronavirus pandemic.

He claimed that the BJP must bear the implications of the “anti-farmers” transfer for a very long time to return.

Alleging that the three ordinances have been a “direct attack” on the ‘federal structure’, Surjewala mentioned ‘farming’ and ‘mandis’ come beneath the jurisdiction of states, however the Modi authorities didn’t even contemplate it applicable to seek the advice of them earlier than promulgating the ordinances.

With the abolition of the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), farmers will neither get the ‘minimum support price’ (MSP) nor the value of the crop in line with the market value, Surjewala mentioned.

“The government, through its crony capitalist friends, wants to establish ‘East India Company’. It wants to enslave farmers and labourers at the hands of crony capitalists,” he alleged. — PTI



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