Navjot Singh Sidhu conducts ‘rosh march’ in opposition to farm payments in Amritsar

GS Paul
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, September 23

Congress MLA and former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday took to the streets of Amritsar in opposition to 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 probably 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 burdened, that he believed in “politics of solution”, and the folks of Punjab would infuse their power to make sure its implementation, be it in opposition to 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 for Punjab for which I’ll struggle until my final breath. Above the social gathering traces, 90 per cent MLAs opposed it. All Punjabis ought to unite in opposition to 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 each 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 could 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.

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