Tribune News Service
Patiala, April 4
Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday mentioned that Food Minister Piyush Goyal was a “liar” and if his letter to Punjab Chief Minister urging online MSP payment was applied, small farmers can be the most important victims.
Punjab pays farmers by arhtiyas and is but to combine its land data with the central procurement portal. Goyal had written to Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh citing previous exemptions the state was granted on this regard and urged pressing compliance.
Addressing media in Patiala at his residence, Sidhu mentioned Goyal’s actions had been “part of a larger conspiracy”.
He says the Centre was concentrating on Punjab and the latest letter by the central minister was “a bundle of lies”.
Direct on-line payment of minimal assist worth (MSP) to farmers highlighted by Goyal in his letter states “that the land record department of Punjab has all record of land record holdings, which is not correct,” mentioned Sidhu.
He cited a nationwide pattern survey of 2012 -13 “which says 24 per cent of farming is on a contract basis”.
“It all happens on an oral contract. If Goyal’s letter is implemented in letter and spirit, no farmer will get payment. The small farmer will be the biggest sufferer,” he mentioned.
Sidhu questioned the federal government over direct subsidy into the accounts of farmers and likewise within the accounts of beneath poverty line (BPL) households.
He accused the centre of selling the personal sector, led by “Adanis and Ambanis”.
Sidhu mentioned the transfer may very well be termed “economic blackmail of farmers”.
The Centre is arm twisting farmers when they’re protesting, he mentioned.
A cease on money credit score restrict timing by RBI clearly exhibits that each one establishments of the nation are getting used towards farmers, he mentioned.
“The centre is giving relaxations to private companies to return bank loans but no such relaxation ever is given to farmers,” mentioned Sidhu.
Sidhu accused the Centre of making an attempt to disturb the peace and the financial system of Punjab.