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  • Congress to challenge the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 in court: Punjab CM

    Published on September 16, 2020

    Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has said that the State Congress will challenge the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 in the court, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. 

    He alleged, the government has imposed a Central law on a state subject, thus eroding the federal structure of the country.

    Asserting that he will not allow the interests of the farmers to be compromised, Captain Amarinder said, the enactment of the legislation is clearly a step towards abolition of the MSP regime. He said, the legislation talks of encouraging competition among farmers.

    The Punjab Chief Minister aksed how could the poor farmers, who are only competing with themselves for survival, be able to compete with rival big corporates for protecting their interests.

    Captain Singh further said, the enactment, along with the other two farm Ordinances that the Centre has already tabled in the Lok Sabha, is in line with the recommendations of the Shanta Kumar Committee which had also suggested dismantling of the MSP regime.