Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to handle the grievances of the farming neighborhood by holding direct talks with farmers’ organisations in addition to all different stakeholders.
In a press release, the SAD president mentioned the farmers’ organisations have rightly rejected the secretary-level talks provided by the Agriculture Ministry as a bureaucrat can’t supply something on the desk. “The secretary had called the farm leaders only to explain the Centre’s point of view,” he mentioned.
“The Prime Minister must understand that a lot of water has flown under the bridge. Farmers in Punjab and Haryana, besides other places, have taken to the path of agitation at grave personal risk to themselves during the pandemic because they are convinced the three recently-enacted agriculture laws will destroy their future generations,” he additional mentioned.
Mr Badal added in such a state of affairs, leaving apart any middlemen, the prime minister ought to intervene and maintain direct talks with the farmers in addition to different stakeholders, together with all political events. “This interaction should be followed up by scrapping the three agriculture laws and bringing in fresh legislation safeguarding the interests of farmers.”
Sukhbir Singh Badal mentioned so far as the SAD was involved, it stood for a written assurance on the continuation of the central authorities’s procurement of meals grains as per the minimal help worth (MSP), adopted by laws making this a statutory regulation. “We also stand for constitutional guarantees banning trade in food grains below the MSP,” he added.
He additionally introduced that the SAD would provoke the formation of a nationwide pro-farmer entrance by coordinating with different like-minded regional events to take this demand to its logical conclusion.
Mr Badal mentioned he’ll personally take up the reason for the farmers in Delhi by assembly representatives of like-minded regional events quickly.
“The PM should listen to jan ki baat (people’s talk), which he had also reflected as the chief minister of Gujarat when he had recommended making MSP a statutory right as head of the consultative committee of chief ministers. Presently, it seems that the NDA government is shifting its responsibility to private players,” Mr Badal mentioned.
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