Chandigarh, March 23: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has slammed the Haryana government for its dictatorial decision to implement the anti-farmers’ scheme ‘Meri fasal, mera verva’ making it mandatory for the farmers to register their names ahead of selling their produce in the ‘mandis’ (grain markets) in the state.
Kotkapura MLA and Punjab state unit chief of Kisan Wing of the party, Kultar Singh Sandhawan, in a statement issued from Chandigarh here on Saturday, said that unilateral decision of the government would, surely than not, create a wedge between farmers from the states of Punjab and Rajasthan as only their Haryana counterparts would be permissible to register their names, while others stood debarred from selling their produce there under the scheme, which, he said, was discriminatory.
The dictatorial decision has left a vast majority of farming community red-faced in the country, especially in the neighboring states, who had been since time immemorial, selling their produce anywhere in any state without any hassles or physical boundaries, Sandhwan said.
Sandhwan further said that the anti-farmer decision of the saffron government in the state, which to have taken in a tearing hurry, would prove to be a disaster, to say the least. He added that the decision had left the farmers from Punjab and Rajasthan with no options but to show their resentment on the roads to make the deaf dispensation hear. He said that under the 1992 inter-state pact, which allowed access to farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the neighboring state ‘mandis’ for a comparatively better price, AAP leader said.
He said that the Punjab state government headed by Captain Amarinder Singh should immediately broach the issue with the union government to redress the issue lest it should become a mass movement as the farmers, Sandhwan said, were already over-stressed with number of other issues, like the complete loan waiver announced by the govt in power and ensuring remunerative price for their produce.