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Punjab CM calls all-party meet to discuss Centre’s ordinances

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20

Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has convened an all-party meeting on June 24 to evolve a consensus on the Union Government's agriculture-related ordinances, which he said were totally unacceptable to the state as they were against the interests of the farmers.

Describing the ordinances as a precursor to the end of the MSP regime, which the Centre was clearly aiming to do, the Chief Minister said based on the meeting consensus, a letter would be sent to the Union Government, demanding immediate rollback of the ordinances.

Disclosing this during his Facebook live programme, the Chief Minister expressed confidence that all parties of the state were united on the issue and would seek the rejection of these ordinances.

He said that the Centre's move to end the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) monopoly through an ordinance will result in huge losses to the Mandi Board, which currently earns Rs 3,500-3,600 crore annually in the form of market fee and rural development fund.

He said any decline in these collections would adversely affect development in rural areas as this money was spent by the board for the improvement of roads and other infrastructure projects, aimed at improving the lives of state farmers.

Earlier this week, the CM had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking reconsideration of the three ordinances.

Allow soldiers to open fire in self-defence

Capt Amarinder on Saturday urged the Centre to change its policy to allow soldiers at the borders to open fire in their own defence and for protecting the nation's territorial integrity. He said it was wrong to send soldiers unarmed or not to allow them to defend themselves. When he and his Army colleagues used to go patrolling, during his posting along the LAC for two years, they carried all kinds of weapons, he said.



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