SAD will not allow tinkering with MSP or assured marketing: Sukhbir Singh Badal

Chandigarh, July 23, 2020: Shiromani Akali Dal
(SAD) President Sukhbir Singh
Badal today said the SAD would not
allow tinkering with the MSP or
assured marketing of wheat and
paddy even as he exposed the Congress
government by releasing a
copy of the Party’s 2017 assembly
election manifesto which clearly
stated that the party will amend the
State APMC Act to allow private
mandis in the State.
The SAD President also took on
the Congress party for failing the
maize farmers besides demanding a
CBI inquiry into purchase of agricultural
machinery from private
companies at inflated rates.
Addressing a virtual conference
here, the SAD President said despite
promising in the party election manifesto
that it would amend the
APMC Act, the Congress party was
now playing politics on this issue by
misleading farmers that the MSP
and assured marketing system
would end.
“This is furthest from the truth.
The SAD is a party of farmers. We
understand the problems of farmers
and have always fought for their
rights. Let me assure our brave
farmers that the SAD will not stand
for any discrimination against them.
We will not allow anyone to tinker
with MSP and assured marketing
policy now or anytime in the future
also.”
Sukhbir Badal also announced that
he would take up the issue in Parliament
and take an assurance from the
centre that MSP and assured marketing
of wheat and paddy would not
be tinkered with in any manner
whatsoever.
“I am also ready to accompany
farmer organizations and seek whatever
clarifications they need from
the Union Agriculture Minister.”
Meanwhile, the SAD President
held Chief Minister Capt Amarinder
Singh directly responsible for the
plight of the maize farmers of the
State.
He said against an MSP of Rs
1825 per quintal, maize was selling
at Rs 600 to Rs 800 per quintal in
the Doaba region of the State.
Asking Pradesh Congress President
Sunil Jakhar to wake up the
Chief Minister from his slumber,
Badal said the government should
include maize in the PDS system
and purchase the same on MSP
“This should be done immediately
to save the maize farmers of the
Doaba region from ruin.”
He also cited that the Congress
government had failed to implement
the scheme whereby the centre reimbursed
States whose farmers were
forced to sell maize at prices less
than the MSP.
He said Haryana and Madhya
Pradesh had taken advantage of the
scheme for which the union government
had allocated Rs 14,000 crore
this year.
Sukhbir Badal also demanded a
CBI inquiry into the multi-crore
scam in the purchase of agriculture
equipment from private companies.
He said the Congress government
had committed a fraud against farmers
by subsidizing purchase of agriculture
machinery from private
companies.
He said the machinery so purchased
was more expensive than
that available in the open market
and of poorer quality also.
He said the subsidy should have
been given directly to farmers and
they should have been allowed to
purchase the machinery as per their
needs.
He demanded that the government
should order a CBI inquiry into this
scam, saying the State officials had
colluded with politicians to loot the
State exchequer.
Senior leaders Jathedar Tota
Singh, Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra,
Maheshinder Singh Grewal and
Dr Daljit Singh Cheema also accompanied
the SAD President on the
occasion.

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