RSS kisan wing terms agri ordinances unacceptable - ECAS Punjab

RSS kisan wing terms agri ordinances unacceptable

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23

Even as the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) refuses to change its stand in support of the three controversial farm ordinances brought by the BJP-led NDA government, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), has said these ordinances in the present form are "unacceptable and have the potential to exploit farmers."

The stand by the BKS comes at a time when various farmer organisations have taken to the roads, protesting against these ordinances. A state-wide protest has been launched by all farmer organisations, beginning July 21, and it is now taking political overtones.

False narrative: SAD

Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, senior vice-president, SAD, said the party had studied the ordinances in detail and even discussed these with the Union Agriculture Minister. "A false narrative is being created that the ordinances are a step to move away from the MSP regime," he said.

Talking to The Tribune, Sushila Bishnoi, general secretary of the Punjab unit of BKS, said: "Whenever the ordinances are brought up for discussion in the Parliament, we will be raising certain points that fuel apprehensions that these ordinances have been brought in to promote privatisation of mandis. The issue of having a Minimum Support Price (MSP) on all crops that are bought by private or government agencies, within or outside the mandis, will be stressed upon," she said.

Gurdev Singh, organising secretary of the BKS, said: "These ordinances, especially The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, that allows for private players to procure crops outside the mandis in private yards, needs to be amended."

The Sangh is now recommending that amendments be made to ensure that all purchase of crops (by private or government agencies) is done at an MSP; all those operating private market yards be registered by state and Central Governments and made to give a bank security; and independent 'Kisan courts' be set up for dealing with any disputes in payments arising between private entities and farmers.

from The Tribune

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