Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 11
Maintaining that the farm agitation could pose a security threat to Punjab and the country with Pakistan-backed anti-India forces looking to exploit the farmers’ anger against the Centre, CM Capt Amarinder Singh today urged PM Narendra Modi to repeal the contentious laws and amend legislations to include farmers in the free legal aid category.
“The laws should be revoked as these have triggered widespread resentment among farmers of Punjab and other states,” the CM said, submitting a letter on the issue. He underlined the need to compensate farmers for management of paddy straw at Rs100/quintal and to address DAP shortage fears. In another letter, the CM said the Central Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, provided free legal aid to vulnerable categories.
“Farmers too are vulnerable and are at times driven to suicide due to financial problems,” he held.