The Punjab Cabinet passed a resolution demanding that Minimum support price (MSP) be made a statutory right and urged the Centre to “repeal the farm laws as agriculture is a State Subject under the Constitution of India.”
“The Council of Ministers demanded that the Centre make MSP a statutory right of the farmers who had been getting extremely low prices for their produce for the past several days despite being responsible for feeding the nation,” as per an official statement.
Amarinder Singh’s government asserted that it will take all measures to protect the interests of the farmers and made it clear that nothing short of repeal of the Centre’s “black farm laws”, which it described as anti-farmers, anti-nation and anti-food security, would resolve the present crisis.
“The Central Government is out of touch with the ground realities, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said at a meeting of the state Cabinet, whose members declared unequivocally that repeal of the farm laws was the only way out of the current imbroglio,” said an official release.
“Pointing out that even the Supreme Court had acknowledged the concerns of the protesting farmers, and had recognised their pain and anguish, the Council of Ministers said the Government of India should not stand on prestige and ego in this matter, which, if unresolved, could lead to devastating repercussions for the country for decades to come. If the Centre can make sweeping amendments to the laws then this adamancy about not revoking the legislations is inexplicable, said the ministers, joined by Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar,” as per the statement.