Central farm laws to hit Punjab where it hurts most: mandi and rural development boards -Anju Agnihotri Chaba

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published Published on Oct 29, 2020   modified Modified on Oct 30, 2020

-The Indian Express

The Punjab government claims that if the earnings of these boards are stopped, the state will find it difficult to maintain over 31,000-km of rural link roads as well as farmers’ welfare schemes, including the debt relief scheme.

Jalandhar: The implementation of Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, which removes restrictions on farmers selling agri-produce outside the notified Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) yards, has not only brought the very existence of six-decade-old Punjab Mandi Board (PMB) under cloud, but it is also set to hit the three-decade-old Rural Development Board (RDB).

Both PMB and RDB are major revenue earners for the state, and are also the biggest infrastructure builders next only to the Public Works Department.

The Punjab government claims that if the earnings of these boards are stopped, the state will find it difficult to maintain over 31,000-km of rural link roads as well as farmers’ welfare schemes, including the debt relief scheme.

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The Indian Express, 29 October, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/central-farm-laws-hit-punjab-mandi-rural-development-boards-6908188/?fbclid=IwAR2XKAWcM0n40M3KWWkmxckQUbGDMPtJkKBY2MQ2wOBQ-x-b8J0clSEsBhs


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