Farmers Protest In Punjab And Haryana Shows Distance Between People And Govt: P Chidambaram

Mumbai: Congress senior leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday slammed centre following agricultural reform Bills he said that farmers from states like Punjab and Haryana are on streets protesting which states distance between people and government. 

In a series of tweets, Chidambaram said, “Two farmer-related ordinances have been approved by the Lok Sabha. Farmers of Punjab and Haryana are on the streets protesting. Captures the distance between the people and the government.”

“The two ordinances challenge the three pillars of our still-imperfect food security system. They are Minimum Support Price; public procurement; and Public Distribution System,” he added.

“States were not consulted. The passage of the laws is a huge blow dealt by the BJP government to States’ rights and federalism. Farmers in Tami Nadu have told me that they are selling paddy at Rs 850 to private traders against an MSP of Rs 1150. State government must explain,” he added.

Chidambaram’s statement comes after the Lok Sabha on Thursday passed Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Farmers’ Product Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Bill, 2020.

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