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House must scrap Amarinder's 2017 APMC Act, declare Punjab a notified mandi: Sukhbir Badal

PUNJAB NEW EXPRESS | October 06, 2020 11:28 PM

CHANDIGARH: Shiromani Akali Dal president Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal said here today that  demanded that the  anti farmers and pro-corporate provisions of the APMC Act 2017 enacted by the  Amarrinder-led Congress government must be scrapped in a special Vidhan Sabha session.

Commenting on  the Chief Minister Captain Amaridner Singh’s statement on the convening of the assembly session, Mr Badal said that the CM’s U-turn on the session   “is  a decisive first victory of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the farmers organizations. This  was one of the major objectives of the massive Kisan Ros  March organized by the party on October 1, along with the annulment of the center’s three Acts on farm marketing.

Mr Badal recalled how Captain Amarinder Singh had ridiculed the Akali demand saying that this was no solution to the problem. “But seeing the intensity of the Punjabis’, especially the farmers’ rage during the October 1 Akali Ros March and in the protests of the farmers’ organizations, Amarinder has felt compelled to  take this  U-turn and to agree to convene a session, ” said Mr Badal in a statement here this evening.    

Scrapping of the provisions of the anti farmer 2017 APMC act  as well as declaring the whole of the state of Punjab as notified Mandi, or Principal Market Area, have been the consistent demands of the SAD while  urging the state govt  to convene a special session of the state assembly., ” said Mr Badal.

The Akali supremo however added that though the center’s Acts must be rejected by the state assembly, ” yet  a mere rejection of these Acts would have no practical implication or utility for the farmers if  the state is not declared an agricultural market and also if the   2017  APMC Act continues to remain in force in the state. “The only way to render the center’s legislation redundant and un-implementable  in Punjab is to put the whole of the state beyond the purview of the central Acts by declaring the whole of the state a Principal Market Area or notified Mandi because  those Acts are not applicable in  areas declared as markets by a state government, ” said Mr Badal.

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