Won’t allow tinkering with MSP system: SAD - ECAS Punjab

Won’t allow tinkering with MSP system: SAD

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the party would not allow tinkering with the MSP system or assured marketing of wheat and paddy. He 'exposed' the Congress by releasing a copy of the party's 2017 Assembly election manifesto, which clearly stated that the "party will amend the APMC Act to allow private mandis in the state".

Talking to reporters via video-conferencing here, the SAD president said the Congress was playing politics on the issue by telling farmers that the MSP or assured marketing system would end. "The SAD is a party of farmers. We understand their problems and have always fought for their rights. Let me assure them that the SAD will not stand any discrimination against them. We will not allow anyone to tinker with the MSP system."

Badal said he would take up the issue in Parliament and take an assurance from the Centre in this regard. "I am ready to accompany farm organisations and seek whatever clarifications they need from the Union Agriculture Minister," he said.

'Govt not utilising funds adequately'

The SAD on Thursday asked Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh why the state government was not releasing money from the CM Relief Fund for providing assistance to hospitals and patients affected by Covid-19. Party spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said more than Rs64 crore had been collected in a private bank under the CM Relief Fund, but the money was not being utilised for those suffering due to the pandemic.

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