PUNJAB CM PRESENTS DRAFT RESOLUTION REJECTING FARM LAWS & ELECTRICITY AMENDMENT BILL IN ASSEMBLY

· DRAFT RESOLUTION SEEKS ANNULMENT OF FARM LAWS/ELECTRICITY BILL BY CENTRE TO PROTECT FARMERS

· URGES GoI TO BRING IN NEW ORDINANCE MAKING MSP STATUTORY & ENSURING CONTINUANCE OF PROCUREMENT BY GOVT AGENCIES

· CM REGRETS FRIVOLOUS ACTS OF SOME MLAs TO GAIN MILEAGE, APPEALS ALL PARTIES TO RISE ABOVE POLITICAL INTERESTS

Chandigarh, October 20: In a major move to protect the state’s farmers and agriculture, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday presented in the Vidhan Sabha a draft resolution rejecting outright the Centre’s anti-farmer Laws and the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill, with an appeal to all parties in the state to rise above political interests in the spirit of saving Punjab.

The draft resolution seeks annulment of the Farm Laws and the proposed Electricity Bill, as well as promulgation of “a fresh ordinance making the procurement of food grains on the Minimum Support Price a statutory right of the farmers and continue with procurement by Government of India through FCI and other such agencies.”

Regretting that several legislators indulged in frivolous activities on Monday to gain political mileage, with some coming in tractors and some spending the night in the Assembly precincts in protest against non-receipt of his government’s Bills, the Chief Minister said he had signed the same at 9.30 p.m. after extensive discussions and consultations with various experts. Such delays in sharing copies of Bills happen in emergent session, he said, pointing to something similar happening when his government had brought in the Punjab Termination of Water Agreements Act during his last tenure in 2004.

Captain Amarinder said the Bills being presented today would form the basis of the state’s legal battle ahead and, hence, needed to be thoroughly vetted before presentation.

The draft resolution expresses the deep regret of the State Legislative Assembly over the “callous and inconsiderate attitude of the Government of India in attending to the concerns of the farming community on recent allegedly farm legislation enacted by them.” It reads that the Assembly is constrained to unanimously reject the three (Farm) legislations and the proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

Referring to The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020, the draft resolution notes that the Union Government had converted the relevant Farm Ordinances into Acts and notified the same on September 24 and 26 even though the concerns and sentiments of the House were conveyed to the Prime Minister of India through letter No. CMO/Confi-2020/62/35 of 14th September 2020 by the Chief Minister.

“These three legislations along with the proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 are clearly against the interests of farmers and landless workers, and time-tested agriculture marketing system established not only in Punjab but also in original green revolution areas of Punjab, Haryana, and Western UP,” it said, adding that the Government of India had clearly enacted trade legislations and not farm legislations.

Further, said the draft resolution, these laws are also against the Constitution of India (Entry 14 List-II), which comprises agriculture as a subject of the State. These legislations are a direct attack, and use of subterfuge to encroach upon the functions and the powers of the States, as enshrined in the country's Constitution, said the draft resolution, read out by the Speaker.

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READY TO QUIT OR BE DISMISSED RATHER THAN BOW TO INJUSTICE TO FARMERS, SAYS PUNJAB CM

· WARNS CENTRE OF THREAT TO PEACE & SECURITY, SAYS NOBODY CAN TOLERATE RELIGIOUS HURT OR ATTACK ON LIVELIHOOD

· APPEALS TO FARMERS TO END BLOCKADE, SAYS ‘WE’VE STOOD WITH YOU, NOW PLEASE STAND WITH US’

Chandigarh, October 20: Asserting that he was prepared to resign or be dismissed rather than bow to injustice towards Punjab’s farmers, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday warned of possible disruption of the state’s peace and threat to national security as a result of the Farm Laws, pointing out that nobody can tolerate religious hurt and attack on livelihood.

“I am not afraid of resigning. I am not afraid of my government being dismissed. But I will not let the farmers suffer or be ruined,” said the Chief Minister, pointing out that he had chosen to quit at the time of Operation Blue Star instead of accepting or endorsing the assault on Sikh ethos.

Cautioning the Centre against allowing the situation to get out of hand, Captain Amarinder said if the Farm Laws are not revoked, angry youth can come out on the streets to join the farmers, leading to chaos. The way things are going on at present, the situation has the potential to disturb the peaceful atmosphere, he warned, observing out that this is what had happened in the 80s and 90s. Both China and Pakistan will collude and try to take advantage of any disruption of the state’s peace, which would pose a serious threat to national security, he added.

The Chief Minister said he was uneasy and upset over the situation and wanted to understand the Centre’s decision to cause such suffering to the farmers amid the Covid crisis. Even as he reiterated his full support to the agitating farmers, who he said were left with no option but to fight to save themselves and their families, Captain Amarinder appealed to them to help out the state government by ending the Rail Roko and blockades and allow movement of essential commodities.

“We have stood with you, now it is your turn to stand with us,” he appealed to the farmers, adding that the entire House was with them but the state was going through tough times, with power generation at a precarious low, no urea for fertilisers and no space in godown for fresh paddy arrivals.

The Chief Minister was speaking in the Vidhan Sabha while presenting his government’s four Bills to negate the Union Government’s Farm Laws, on the second day of the special session of the House.

The Bills, which are part of the state government’s multi-pronged approach to safeguard the interest of the farmers and the identity of Punjab, seek to amend the Farmers Produce Facilitation Act, the Farmers Agreement and Farm Services Act, the Essential Commodities Act, and the Civil Procedure Code, with the overarching aim of countering the disastrous effects of what the Chief Minister termed as “legislation by subterfuge.”

“In the name of Farming Laws, we have actually enacted Trade Laws. It is not farmers who will have access to a national market, but traders. Hence, the use of term “trade area” in the so-called Farmers legislations is also very telling,” said Captain Amarinder presenting his government’s four Bills for consideration of the House.

The Chief Minister slammed the Centre for trying to finish Punjab with the Farm Laws, and questioned the Prime Minister if this action was justified. The Centre has ignored the farmers of Punjab since other states have now also started providing food grains to the country, he said, blaming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) squarely for sidelining the state’s agriculture. They forgot how Punjab saved the country and came to its rescue to feed the nation for 70 years, he added. Pointing out that the state government had not been paid its promised GST, Captain Amarinder questioned the Centre over failure to adhere to the constitutional guarantees.

Referring to the backdrop of these legislations, the Chief Minister said the seeds of the crop the state was harvesting today were actually sown back in 2015 by the Shanta Kumar Committee, which recommended "to explore the possibility of compensating the farmers when prices fall below MSP instead of physically handling the large quantities of grains…… This will help in bringing rationality in procurement operations and bringing back private sector in competition with State agencies in grain procurement".

Captain Amarinder made it clear that his government would not allow the state’s farming community and agriculture, which were the back of its growth and development, to be ruined by the BJP through such devious methods. His government’s four Bills, said the Chief Minister, were aimed at preventing the damage that the central laws would cause to the state and its agriculture, while allying the fears of farmers and consumers.

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PUNJAB GOVT’S BILLS PROVIDE MINIMUM 3 YEARS’ PRISON & FINE FOR SALE/PURCHASE BELOW MSP

· FARMERS TO GET EXEMPTION FROM ATTACHMENT OF LAND UP TO 2.5 ACRES

· CM ALSO MOVES TO CHECK HOARDING & BLACK-MARKETING OF AGRICULTURE PRODUCE

Chandigarh, October 20: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday urged all parties to unanimously pass in the Vidhan Sabha his government’s four historic Bills, which provide for imprisonment of not less than 3 years and fine for sale/purchase of wheat or paddy under a farming agreement below MSP, exemption of farmers from attachment of land up to 2.5 acres and prevention of hoarding and black-marketing of agricultural produce, among other things.

The provision on punishment for sale/purchase below MSP has been incorporated in The Farmers' (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2020. One of the four Bills presented in the Vidhan Sabha today by the Chief Minister, the Bill provides that no sale/purchase is done below MSP and violation of the same shall invite imprisonment and fine as above.

The Bill seeks to amend sections 1(2), sections 19 and 20 of the Centre’s Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020. It also proposes to add new sections that are section 4, 6 to 11.

The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2020, also seeks to amend sections 1(2), 14 and 15 the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 to ensure that sale or purchase of wheat or paddy in the State is not allowed below the MSP. The amendment Bill also seeks to provide for punishment for harassment of farmers or payment of less price to the farmers by inserting new sections 6 to 11.

Both these Bills are aimed at preventing the damage apprehended by the farmers of Punjab with the enactment of the Central Act by restoring various safeguards, including Minimum Support Price mechanism through the regulatory framework of the APMC laws, in order to secure and protect the interests and livelihood of farmers and farm labourers as also all others engaged in agriculture and related activities.

Meanwhile, to protect the consumers from hoarding and black-marketing of agricultural produce to secure, and protect the interests and livelihood of farmers and farm labourers as also all others engaged in agriculture and related activities, the state government has brought in The Essential Commodities (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2020.

The Bill seeks to amend the Centre’s 'The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020' by amending section 1(2) and section 3(1A) of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. It seeks to ensure status quo ante as on 4th June 2020 with regard to implementation of the Central Act namely, 'The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020'.

The fourth Bill introduced by the Chief Minister provides relief to the farmers from attachment of their land not exceeding 2.5 acres. "The Code of Civil Procedure (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2020" seeks to insert a provision for exemption of agriculture land not exceeding 2.5 acres from Section 60 of The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, which provides for attachment/decree of various properties - moveable and immoveable. Proviso-b to this Section states that the properties of the farmers such as cattle, implements, cowsheds, etc, would be exempt from attachment, but as on date agriculture land can be attached. Given the farmers’ apprehension about attachment/decree of their land as a consequence of enforcement of farming contracts or otherwise, the state government is seeking, through this Bill, to give full exemption to small farmers and others from attachment or decree of land up to 2.5 acres.

This is in line with the Congress election manifesto for 2017, in keeping with which the state government had earlier amended the Punjab State Cooperative Societies Act, 1961, deleting section 67-A, which allows the cooperative financing institutions to attach the land of farmers. For the financing institutions other than the Cooperative Banks, the matter is within the jurisdiction of Central Government.

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SUKJINDER SINGH RANDHAWA LAMBASTS UNION GOVERNMENT DURING DEBATE ON AGRICULTURAL BILLS IN VIDHAN SABHA

  • STATE GOVERNMENT READY FOR ANY SACRIFICE UNDER LEADERSHIP OF CHIEF MINISTER: RANDHAWA
  • CAPTAIN AMARINDER SINGH AGAIN PROVED HIS DEDICATION TO PUNJAB BY BRINGING AGRICULTURAL BILLS AFTER TERMINATING WATER AGREEMENTS

Chandigarh, October 20:The border State of Punjab has more to fear from Modi Government than the neighbouring countries. The Union Government in the garb of Covid-19, has framed three laws which are anti farmer in nature and broken the backbone of farmers, labourers and arhtiyas. This was stated by the Cooperation and Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa in his address in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

S. Randhawa was participating in the debate in Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday on four bills brought out by the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh regarding the issue of anti farmer agricultural enacted by the Union Government in an attack on the federal structure of the country thus meddling on a State subject.

The Minister, who is MLA from Dera Baba Nanak said, "I belong to that region where Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji practiced Agriculture and gave the message of work being worship, so agriculture is not an income source or just a profession for us but a legacy bestowed by Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. " He further said that the agriculture is significant for the farmers from religious, social and economic point of view and that is why the brutal attack on the same would not be tolerated. He further averred that by his talk of resigning today, the Chief Minister has made it clear that the State Government is not shy of any sacrifice against the black farm laws.

Divulging more, S. Randhawa said that it is ironical that the very persons i.e. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar are taking decisions with regard agricultural sector, who don't possess even an inch of cultivable land. The Union Government should beware of imposing its dictatorial directions on Punjab considering it a mere two percent of the country's population because it is the same Punjab which didn't bowed before Mughals, Abdali and the British. The Punjabis who are just two percent of the population of the country, made 80 percent contributions in the freedom movement and also contributed 50 percent in meeting the needs of the country with regard to foodgrains. Warning the Central Government, he said that the race which is born out of struggles, cannot be suppressed.

S. Randhawa also placed on the floor of the house various reports including the one from NABARD from which it is clear that the farming community is passing through harrowing times in the States where such laws are already existing. Now, the Union Government is hell bent upon destroying the farming sector of Punjab. Congratulating the Captain Amarinder Singh for coming to rescue of the farmers, S. Randhawa said that the Chief Minister has again proved his dedication to the Punjabis by bringing in the bill after earlier termination of the water agreements.

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Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab Media Bulletin-COVID-19 20thOctober 2020 (05:00pm)

1. Details of Samples and Cases:-

1

Total Samples taken

2359842

2

Total samples collected on the day

20444

3

Total No. of patients tested positive

128590

4

No. of patients discharged

119658

5

Number of active cases

4895

6

No. of Patients on oxygen support

115

7

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

27

8

Total Deaths reported

4037

On 20thOctober 2020

1.

Number of new patients on oxygen support

NIL

2.

Number of new patients admitted in ICU

NIL

3.

Number of new patients put on ventilator support

03

(Patiala-2, Hoshiarpur-1)

4.

Number of new patients discharged

891

(Ludhiana-48, Jalandhar-144, Patiala-47,SAS-106, Amritsar-59, Gurdaspur-28, Bathinda-92, Hoshiarpur- 111, Pathankot-32, Sangrur-13, Kapurthala-17, Faridkot-18, Muktsar-28, Fazilka-38, Moga-12,Ropar- 20, FG Sahib-12, Barnala-12, Tarn Taran-20, SBS Nagar-10, Mansa-24)

5.

Number of new deaths reported

08

(Amritsar-1, Hoshiarpur-2, Jalandhar-2, Ludhiana-1, Patiala-1, Ropar-1)

Patients reported positive on 20thOctober2020-520

District

Number of cases

Source of

Infection outside Punjab

Local Cases

Remarks

Ludhiana

46

---------------

6 Contacts of Positive Cases, 8 New Cases (OPD), 22 New Cases (ILI), 2 New Cases (Health Care Workers), 1 New Case (Pre-operative), 7

New Cases

---------------

Jalandhar

43

---------------

Case details are pending as reports received late

Case details are pending as

reports received late

Patiala

45

---------------

7 Contacts of positive Cases, 38 New Cases

---------------

SAS Nagar

32

---------------

---------------

Case details are pending as reports received late

Amritsar

36

---------------

11 Contacts of Positive Cases, 25 New Cases

---------------

Gurdaspur

22

---------------

9 Contacts of Positive Case, 2 New Cases (ILI), 11 New Cases

---------------

Bathinda

57

---------------

11 New Cases (ILI), 1 Contact of Positive Case, 1 New Case (P.W), 44 New Cases (OPD)

---------------

Hoshiarpur

109

---------------

11 Contacts of Positive Cases, 4 New Cases (ILI), 94 New Cases

---------------

Ferozepur

11

---------------

9 New Cases, 2 Contacts of positive Cases

---------------

Pathankot

9

---------------

9 New Cases

---------------

Sangrur

16

---------------

3 Contacts of Positive Cases, 13 New Cases (OPD)

---------------


Kapurthala

3

---------------

3 New Cases

---------------

Faridkot

13

1 New Case (International traveler)

2 Contacts of Positive Cases, 9 New Cases (OPD), 1 New Case (Frontline worker)

---------------

Muktsar

18

---------------

2 Contacts of Positive Cases, 6 New Cases (ILI), 10 New Cases (OPD)

---------------

Fazilka

13

---------------

5 New Cases (ILI), 8 New Cases (OPD),

---------------

Moga

4

---------------

4 New Cases

---------------

Ropar

9

---------------

9 New Cases

---------------

FG Sahib

3

---------------

3 New Cases (OPD)

---------------

Barnala

6

---------------

6 New Cases (OPD)

---------------

Tarn Taran

8

---------------

3 Contacts of Positive Cases, 3 New Cases, 1 New Case (Front line worker), 1 New Case (P.W)

---------------

SBS Nagar

1

---------------

1 New Case

---------------

Mansa

16

---------------

16 New Cases

---------------

1 Cases source of infection out of Punjab

2. Cumulative Cases:-

S. No.

District

Total Confirmed Cases

Total Active Cases

Total Cured

Deaths

1.

Ludhiana

19747

272

18654

821

2.

Jalandhar

14483

475

13552

456

3.

Patiala

12524

438

11718

368

4.

SAS Nagar

11826

646

10956

224

5.

Amritsar

11499

289

10778

432

6.

Gurdaspur

6745

268

6285

192

7.

Bathinda

6736

319

6283

134

8.

Hoshiarpur

5572

125

5250

197

9.

Ferozepur

4118

296

3704

118

10.

Pathankot

4264

156

4004

104

11.

Sangrur

3839

104

3573

162

12.

Kapurthala

3905

136

3606

163

13.

Faridkot

3088

169

2865

54

14.

Muktsar

2866

181

2626

59

15.

Fazilka

2825

206

2573

46

16.

Moga

2436

73

2285

78

17.

Ropar

2377

202

2070

105

18.

FG Sahib

2089

54

1936

99

19.

Barnala

2013

198

1766

49

20.

Tarn Taran

1946

140

1725

81

21.

SBS Nagar

1845

44

1740

61

22.

Mansa

1847

104

1709

34

Total

128590

4895

119658

4037

From Jalandhar 17 repeat case entries and 16 out of state case entries are deleted and 30 cases shifted to Hoshiarpur.

From Mansa 2 cases shifted to Gurdaspur.

From Tarn Taran 2 old cases shifted to Hoshiarpur

Containment Zones:-

S.NO

District

s.no.

Containment

Total population of the area contained

1

Fazilika

1

NaiAbadiAbohar

3539

2

BSF FallianWala

250

Total

3789

2

Jalandhar

1

LalKurti , JalCantt

62

total

62

3

Muktsar sahib

1

District Jail, Sri Muktsar Sahib

800

total

800

Punjab Total

4

4651

Micro Containment Zones:-

s.no

District

s.no.

Microcontainments

Total population of the area contained

1

Amritsar

1

Ideal Lane Court Road

78

2

Sunder Nagar 7 B

165

3

Raj Avenue

40

TOTAL

283

2

Hoshiarpur

1

BHAGTUPUR, PHC : PALDI MAHILPUR, THE GARSHANKAR, P S: KOT FATUHI, HOSHIARPUR

660

TOTAL

660

3

Ludhiana

1

Village Khattra

377

2

Sham Singh Road Ludhiana

142

3

Shakti Nagar , Pakhowal Road Ludhiana

4

#1 New Green City AyaliChowkLdh

5

138 Galada Heights Ph-2 Dugri

6

B-1/617 Railway Road Sahnewak


7

VillBarmi

2912

8

New Subash Nagar St no 5/1 ldh

9

#210 A Shastri Nagar Namdev Colony

1503

TOTAL

4934

4

Jalandhar

1

Kalia Colony

79

2

Guru Ram Das Nagar

341

TOTAL

420

5

Muktsar sahib

1

SarabhaNagr, Malout

2200

TOTAL

2200

6

Fatehgarh sahib

1

VILL KHANPUR, PHC NANDPUR KALOUR

125

TOTAL

125

7

Bathinda

1

kotha guru block bhagta

226

TOTAL

226

8

Ropar

1

RTP Colony (Nuhon)

172

Total

172


9

Kapurthala

1

Professor Colony Kapurthala

68

TOTAL

68

10

Gurdaspur

1

VILL NAUSHERA BAHADAR PHC RANJITBAGH

500

TOTAL

500

11

SBS Nagar

1

Partap Nagar, Banga

21

2

Taunsa

120

Total

141

12

Faridkot

1

HirasinghNaggar , st. Number 1 kotkapura

58

Total

58

13

Fazilika

1

Khuranj

1558

2

Army cant Fazilka

136

Total

1694

14

Patiala

1

Vill. Badla, Block DudhanSadhan, Patiala

89

Total

89

GRAND TOTAL

27

11570