The Shiv Sena alleged that the Centre launched Bills on agriculture “without consulting” its allies, farmers’ organisations or opposition events, and mentioned the resignation of Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has introduced the problem to the fore.
- PTI Mumbai
- Last Updated: September 19, 2020, 2:40 PM IST
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The Shiv Sena on Saturday questioned the Modi authorities’s insurance policies on financial system, commerce and agriculture, and alleged that it was shifting in the direction of privatisation of airports, Air India and railways and giving the management of farmers’ lives to merchants and personal gamers. The occasion additionally alleged that the Centre launched Bills on agriculture “without consulting” its allies, farmers’ organisations or opposition events, and mentioned the resignation of Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has introduced the problem to the fore.
In an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the Sena mentioned the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) through the time of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and senior BJP chief L Ok Advani was “different” as they used to “treat the NDA constituents with respect and consult with them”. “Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) member Harsimrat Kaur Badal has resigned from the Union Cabinet. The Modi government brought two anti-farmers bills (in Parliament) and she resigned in protest. Her resignation has been accepted. TheS hiv Sena has already walked out of the NDA and now comes the SAD’s move,” it mentioned.
“During the time of Vajpayee and Advani, the NDA allies used to be treated with respect, affection and trust. There used to be consultations on policy decisions and BJP leaders would hear out the views of the allies. In those times, spoken word had value,” the Sena mentioned.
“Like Maharashtra, Punjab is an agrarian economy. Hence, before introducing the farmers’ Bills, the government should have held talks with the representatives of farmers’ organisations and agriculture experts in Maharashtra, Punjab and the rest of the country,” it added.
The Bills suggest to create a system whereby merchants can buy farmers’ merchandise even outdoors ‘mandis’. The Congress, DMK and Trinamool Congress opposed this proposal. They assume it’s anti-farmers, the Uddhav Thackeray-led occasion mentioned.
“The Centre is pushing for privatisation of airports, Air India, ports, railways, insurance companies, and also giving control of farmers’ lives to traders and private players. The Modi government’s policies regarding economy, trade, agriculture create doubts,” it alleged. “The government says that the new system would benefit farmers. Even if one believes it to be true, what was the harm in holding consultations with a few leading farmer leaders in the country? It should have at least held talks with NCP chief Sharad Pawar. But this government has nothing to do with the words ‘dialogue’ or ‘consultation’,” the Sena mentioned.
The Lok Sabha on Thursday handed the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill. Harsimrat Kaur Badal mentioned her determination to resign from the Union Cabinet to protest the farm sector payments symbolises her “party’s vision, its glorious legacy and its commitment to go to any extent to safeguard the interests of farmers”.