BREAKING: Punjab CM moves three bills against the Centre's Farm Laws, Assembly extends support

  • On the second day of the Punjab Government's call for a Special Assembly session, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh moved three bills against the Centre's recently passed Farm Laws. Key points of the bills introduced by the Punjab Government are-


  1. The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance (special provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill, makes it mandatory for those entering into contract farming with farmers are to necessarily pay them MSP rates or over MSP. Violation of this would lead to three years of prison.

  2. The Essential Commodities (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill states that power to decide the ceiling on stocks/stock limits will remain with the State Government.

  3. Further, now the State APMC Act will be applicable in the entire state, thus making the entire state of Punjab a 'Principal Market Yard'. This implies that Centre's objective of trade outside the mandis will not be in place anymore.

  4. Importantly, Private players will be levied tax on procurement. The State govt states that these taxes will be used for rural upliftment.

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