The four Bills introduced in the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday to negate the Centre’s agriculture laws provide for imprisonment of not less than three years and fine for the sale-purchase of wheat or paddy under a farming agreement below Minimum Support Price.
This provision has been incorporated in The Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2020. According to the Bill, no sale or purchase should done below the MSP and violation of the same shall invite imprisonment of three years and fine.
Asserting that he was prepared to resign rather than bow to “injustice” meted out to Punjab farmers, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday warned of possible disruption of “peace and threat to national security” due to the new farm laws enacted by the Centre.
He was speaking in the Vidhan Sabha, the Legislative Assembly, while presenting four bills to negate the Union Government’s farm laws, on the second day of the special session of the House.
The Bills introduced by Singh to counter the Centre’s laws are — the 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, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill 2020 and amendment to the Civil Procedure Code.
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