Punjab CM Fears Facing Center for Direct Payment to Farmers: Sukhbir: The Tribune India


Ajnala (Amritsar), April 1

Shiromani Akali Dal chairman Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Thursday that Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh was “afraid” to stand up to the BJP-led Center on the issue of direct payment to farmers for purchase of wheat.

That is why he has not taken any concrete steps to stop the implementation of the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme for the purchase of the next crop, he alleged.

Speaking to the media after addressing a rally here, Shiromani Chairman Akali Dal (SAD) alleged that the CM was “playing a match-fixing” with the Center, which was clear from Amarinder Singh’s requested time to implement the program instead. to refuse to implement it.

“It is clear that the chief minister is now part of the central plot to punish the farmers of the Punjab for opposing the three agricultural laws,” he said.

Punjab’s “arthiyas” (commission agents) are protesting against the Centre’s latest directive on direct payment to farmers for grain supplies.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday assured the “arhtiyas” his government’s full support for the restoration of the old payment system through them.

Before addressing the meeting, the SAD chief clashed with AAP official and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly playing a “double game” on agricultural laws.

He said Kejriwal staged a “great drama” by opposing agricultural laws at the party’s recent meeting in Baghapurana, even though his government was “the first to enforce the laws in Delhi”.

He faced Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, asked him to name a hospital, college or road he had built in the past four years. SAD created 13 universities, 30 colleges and 300 hundred skill centers during his tenure, he said.

He said that rather than do anything, the chief minister “broke” a holy oath he took on behalf of the “Gutka Sahib”, promising to forgo loans from farmers.

“Likewise, the CM also stabbed the youngster to whom he had promised jobs in addition to an unemployment benefit of 2,500 rupees per month in the back,” Sukhbir said. PTI

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