'Not afraid of dismissal of govt': Punjab CM Amarinder Singh passing bills against Centre's farm laws
Chandigarh/IBNS: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said he was not afraid of getting his government dismissed, passing three bills in the state assembly against the contentious farm laws enacted by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
"I am not afraid of my government being dismissed. But I will not let the farmers suffer or be ruined," Singh said as quoted by NDTV.
The three bills are Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment Bill 2020, the Essential Commodities (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill 2020.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which has resigned from the Modi government protesting against the Centre's three farm bills (now laws), said Singh's bills should have been tabled in the assembly on Monday itself despite being in opposition in the Congress-ruled northern state.
The Centre's new farm laws will now allow farmers sell their produce to institutional buyers beyond the regulated wholesale market.
However, farmers and opposition leaders criticised the Centre's move stating small peasants will have little bargaining power while selling their produce to institutional buyers, running the risk of getting exploited.