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Punjab Assembly clears farm Bills to negate Centre's latest laws

Proposes three-year jail for forcing farmers to sell wheat and paddy below MSP

Captain Amarinder Singh
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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh during the second day of the Special Vidhan Sabha Session in Chandigarh, on Tuesday Photo: PTI

Sanjeeb Mukherjee New Delhi
The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a bunch of legislation seeking to penalise anyone who compels a farmer to sell wheat and paddy below the minimum support price (MSP) in the state and also entrust itself with powers to levy taxes on all out-of-mandi transactions. The move is aimed at nullifying a portion of the three recently enacted central farm Acts, besides safeguarding the state's financial interests. 

The Assembly passed the amendments to each of the three central laws to bring them in line with the provisions of the state’s own APMC Act of 1961, thereby establishing its supremacy

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First Published: Oct 20 2020 | 11:40 PM IST

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