Chief Minister-led panel to meet Governor - ECAS Punjab

Chief Minister-led panel to meet Governor

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14

Categorically rejecting the Centre's claim that Punjab was taken on board before the promulgation of "anti-farmer" ordinances presented in Parliament today, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today urged the Prime Minister not to go ahead with the move.

He also announced that he would lead an 11-member delegation of his party on Wednesday to submit a memorandum to the Governor against the ordinances.

Besides the Chief Minister, the delegation will include Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar along with some ministers and MLAs of the party.

The Chief Minister also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him not to pursue the ordinances and also to make MSP a statutory right of the farmers. He urged the Prime Minister not to disappoint the people and farmers of Punjab and consider their request not to go ahead with the ordinances, which were not in the interest of the farmers.

Meanwhile, asserting that his government had been consistently opposing the so-called reforms brought in by the ordinances, the Chief Minister said in a statement that at no point did Punjab endorse any such move, contrary to what was being projected by the Central Government. The ordinances were not discussed even once at the sole meeting of the high-powered committee held after Punjab was made a member, he added.

Reacting to the statement made in Parliament today by Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Raosaheb Patil Danve that the high-powered committee on agriculture had decided on the ordinances after due consideration by all member states, Capt Amarinder termed the remark irresponsible since Punjab never supported any such move, nor was it consulted before the promulgation of the ordinances.

Meanwhile, Patiala MP and former Union Minister Preneet Kaur said she could not attend Parliament today since she was under quarantine after she came in contact with some Covid-positive persons. The Patiala MP said she would be attending Parliament where she would oppose the farm ordinances.

from The Tribune

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