Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately take steps for the repeal of the three farm laws, and amendment to the relevant law for including farmers in the free legal aid category.
The Punjab Chief Minister, who called on the Prime Minister in Delhi late Wednesday evening and submitted two separate letters, called for immediate review and revocation of the three farm laws over which farmers of Punjab and other states have been protesting at the Delhi borders since November 26 last year.
He said the prolonged agitation had cost the lives of more than 400 farmers and farm workers. The Chief Minister said the agitation could pose security threats for Punjab and the country.
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The Chief Minister said the continued agitation was not only impacting economic activities in Punjab, but also had the potential to affect the social fabric.
Captain Amarinder underlined the need to compensate farmers for the management of paddy straw @ Rs 100 per quintal and also to address the fears of DAP shortage, which could aggravate the farmers’ problems and the crisis triggered by the farm laws.
In another letter, the Chief Minister stressed that due to the fragmentation of landholdings, and persistent disputes with lessees and various market operators and agents, the farmers are also facing litigation these days, causing stress on their meagre financial resources.
The Chief Minister urged the Prime Minister to advise the central ministries concerned dealing with farmer welfare and laws to carry out necessary amendments to the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, in the larger interest of the farmers.
-PTC News with inputs from agencies