Tribune News Service
Amritsar, September 23
Congress MLA and former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday took to the streets of Amritsar towards the farm payments.
Among a number of slogans raised by the previous minister’s supporters, “aa gaya Sidhu, Chha gaya Sidhu”, “Sidhu teri balle balle..baaki saare thale thale”, and “Sidhu teri soch te…pehra diyange thok ke” stood out essentially the most.
Sidhu’s cavalcade carried out a large “rosh march” from Bhandari Bridge to the Hill Gate—the centre of the Holy City, that connects the Wall City to the Civil Lines areas.
While addressing the gathering, Sidhu pressured, that he believed in “politics of solution”, and the folks of Punjab would infuse their energy to make sure its implementation, be it towards sand mining, cable or liquor mafia, and, now the “Kaala Kanoon” (black legal guidelines) enacted within the form of farm payments.
“Kissan saada ‘Imaan’ hai…Saadi ‘gairat hai…‘pag’ hai ..te Saadi ‘pag’ nu ohna ne hath paya hai eh kanoon bana ke”. I’ve stepped out for farmers, and for the united reason behind Punjab for which I’ll combat until my final breath. Above the social gathering strains, 90 per cent MLAs opposed it. All Punjabis ought to unite towards it”, he stated.
He cautioned that the BJP-led Centre has one other Draconian invoice in ready, which is “Electricity Amendment (Draft) Act 2020”.
“Once it’s implemented, it will be the last nail in the coffin and destroy Punjab’s Agriculture model. The draft is already ready. Whenever they wish, they would implement it in no time”, he stated.
He stated, that the electrical energy modification act would equip the Centre to have management over energy regulation. Now, the management is with the PSPCL.
After this act, the entire management would shift to the Centre, and the most important affect could be, that every one energy subsidies could be scrapped.
He stated, that the Centre was changing the “successful mandi model” with the “free market model”—which has failed within the US and Europe. He stated, that it will affect the state’s income to the tune of Rs 4,000 crore every year, that was incurred from mandis solely.
“Where there are no mandis in states, the farmers faced worst conditions and were resorted to doing petty labour jobs The MSP, since 1980 was raised just by 15 times whereas the employees of all sectors got enhancement of more than 500 times during the same pan. It was through farmers’ that the Centre procure food grains for underprivileged people on subsidised rates and the farmers were being ruined”, he stated.
The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill had been handed in each homes of Parliament, amid protests by opposition events.
The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, was handed in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
“The ‘roti’ is the most essential commodity. How could it be shunted out of the essential commodities list?. Similarly, hoarding which has been legalised that would resort to food inflation”, he concluded.
However, farmers in Punjab will likely be intensifying their agitation after “Punjab Bandh’ on September 25. An indefinite “Rail Roko” marketing campaign will likely be launched within the state from October 1 onwards.
This choice was taken in a joint assembly of 31 farmer unions, held at Moga on Wednesday.
The representatives of all these unions determined, that an indefinite marketing campaign could be launched subsequent week onwards, to pressure the BJP-led Central authorities to withdraw the three controversial farm Bills.
It has additionally been determined, that they are going to be forcing the Capt Amarinder Singh authorities to name a particular session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha to reject the Bills.
“The Congress government, too, should show their sincerity towards saving farming by rejecting these Bills,” stated Jagmohan Singh, General Secretary of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda).
Other than this, the farmer unions will begin “gheraoing” the homes of all BJP leaders within the state and boycott them.
“The most important decision taken in the meeting today is to ask all Gram Sabhas in Punjab to pass resolutions against the Bills and reject them,” stated Dr Darshan Pal of Krantikari Kisan Union.
In the approaching days, these Unions plan to accentuate their agitation and begin to “gherao” Delhi.