Harsh Vardhan Tripathi
In March 2019, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder while inaugurating the PepsiCo franchise plant said that, this will directly and indirectly provide employment to the people and farmers will get the right price for their produce, but it is amazing that now Captain Amarinder They are openly saying that they will go to any lengths to protect the interests of the artisans.
The Central Government has now made Khasra Khatauni (Farmer’s land paper) necessary for the government purchase, as well as the amount of money that will be received directly after the government purchase in the account of the farmers of Punjab, just like in other states. Agents of Punjab, the agents of Mandi have opened a front against it.
It is often said about the participation of farmers in the peasant movement that first borders Punjab and then Delhi, that the participation of ordinary farmers is very less in this movement and, mostly due to the large farmers and the factions, this movement should be carried out. Used to be.
The manner in which the government of Captain Amarinder Singh of Punjab is standing against the central government’s decision to give the amount of government purchases directly to the farmers’ account, it is clear from whom this movement is going on in the name of farmers. Is at hand.
The farmer of Punjab was already on the path of modern agriculture ahead of the farmers of other states. Pepsi started contract farming with farmers in the country from Punjab itself. The largest share of government procurement, the beginning of contract farming in Punjab much earlier than other states of the country, has greatly benefited the farmers of the state in the field of farming.
The farmers of Punjab were counted among the most affluent farmers in the country by selling the largest share in the government purchases of wheat and paddy, and potatoes and tomatoes to private companies. Due to better government procurement mechanism, the mechanism of buying wheat and paddy at cheap prices from the farmers of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and selling it in Punjab was gradually strengthened and the proof of this came when the paddy in Punjab came out Government purchases also exceeded 20 million tonnes of total production.
Punjab alone accounts for more than 30 percent of government purchases across the country. The farmers of Punjab had laddus in both hands. It also had the largest share in government purchases and private companies were also contracting with the farmers without any legal obligation. As the Chief Minister of Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal was first and thereafter Amarinder Singh was strongly advocating the modern agricultural system.
Even as Chief Minister, Sukbir Badal’s party Akali Dal had enacted the Contract Farming Act for the state in the Vidhan Sabha. How much this law made in the Akali government was anti-farmer and in favor of the companies, it can be estimated from this that a provision of fine of up to 5 lakh rupees was also made in the farmers, whereas in the central government law, the farmers could reach the agreement at any time. Can exit from.
At the time of the 2017 assembly elections in Punjab, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Akali Dal were contesting the elections together. The Bharatiya Janata Party was also a partner with the Akalis in power in Punjab trapped in corruption and drug arrest. There was also a discussion going on at the BJP headquarters in Delhi that, in Punjab, the Bharatiya Janata Party should contest the elections alone, but it was extremely difficult to take this decision given the strong hold of the Akali Dal through the rural areas and the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak.
As the national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Amit Shah was working on increasing the strength of the party in Punjab, but the situation of leaving the Akalis with him was not possible. Meanwhile, there was also a discussion in the corridor of power in Delhi that Captain Amarinder Singh walks away from the top leadership of the Congress and at times the Bharatiya Janata Party worker used to praise Captain Amarinder for the reason that he felt that Captain Congress I also talk about the same national discourse that the Bharatiya Janata Party talks about.
In the Punjab elections, the Akali-BJP fought together and as was being expected, the same thing happened, Captain managed to form a government in Punjab. It is also said that the restless Punjab BJP workers felt that the BJP would not be able to come out under the umbrella of the Akalis if they were in government to fight the Akalis apart and hence a large part of the BJP’s base in urban areas Amarinder’s face had gone to the Congress.
The people of Punjab felt that the economy of Punjab would be back on track under Captain’s government. Captain’s thinking was considered modern in the matter of agriculture, but the system of tenants and big farmers on the agricultural economy of Punjab made Captain Amarinder’s government as well as the Akalis sitting in opposition and the Aam Aadmi Party against the interests of ordinary farmers. Have done it.
Like the rest of the farmers of the country, the three agricultural laws of the Center have been brought to give more options to the farmers of Punjab. The central government is trying to put the amount directly in the account of the farmers of Punjab, who are taking the most benefit of the government purchases being made through the FCI, but the Amarinder government of Punjab remains an obstacle in its path.
The government is citing the same contract farming act, saying that the farm is in the name of another and farming is doing another, so it is better to pay the commission agent’s account and give the commission agent to the farmer. It is being argued that the commission agent is an all-time ATM for the Aadhatiya farmers, so that the farmer can take the money whenever needed, but no one is able to answer that when the farmer has the full amount of his rights If it will reach his account directly then why would he need the job of ATMs.
Due to the legal obligation, small farmers will also be able to take advantage of contract farming, which till now only big farmers are able to take. Overall, the discussion among the farmers is very strong in view of the opposition of the factions in Punjab about the agricultural laws and the Amarinder government standing with them, that the agricultural laws are for the good of the common farmers and the Narendra Modi government at the center is in their way It is fighting the obstructionists and the government of Captain Amarinder Singh.
For Captain Amarinder, who has stood up against the rights of ordinary farmers and in the rights of the middlemen, this may be overshadowed in next year’s assembly elections.
(The author is a political blogger and Hindi blogger)
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