The Punjab government will be bringing legislation to counter the farm laws of the central government. The Punjab government has decided to convene a special session of the state assembly on 19th October 2020 for the same. This decision was made at a meeting of the state cabinet which was presided by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh. According to sources, video conferencing was the mode for this meeting.
CM Amarinder Singh had earlier made an announcement that his government will fight the anti-federal and vicious farm laws. They will fight the laws tooth and nail through legal, legislative, and other routes. The CM, a few days ago had also said that he will call a special session of the assembly. This will be to bring in the necessary amendments to state laws to nullify the dangerous impact of the central legislations. According to him, the central legislations are put to design in a way so as to ruin the farmers. The laws will also ruin the state’s agriculture and economy.
Punjab Government To Bring Legislation Against Centre’s Farm Laws
With the cabinet’s decision, the Governor of Punjab has been authorized to convene the session. It will be the 13th special session of the 15th Punjab Vidhan Sabha, as per clause 1 of Article 174 of the Constitution of India. In the last assembly session on 28th August 2020, a resolution was passed by a majority. This was to reject three contentious farm ordinances, which later took the shape of the laws.
The three laws are
- The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation)
- The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance
- Farm Services and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has given his assurance that the Minimum Support Price mechanism will stay. He has also said that adequate protection of land ownership was in place to protect farmer interests.
But the opposition parties and farmers have been protesting and demanding from the Congress-led state government to convene a special session of the assembly to nullify the new farm laws by the Central government. Farmers have also given an ultimatum to the state government of Punjab to convene a special session of the assembly. They are demanding the revocation of the three laws that the Parliament passed recently.
Farmers have expressed their concerns with the new laws. According to them, these laws will pave a way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system. These new farm laws will leave them at the mercy of the big corporates.