Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann to Raise Issues of Legal Collateral to MSP and Farm Debt at NITI Aayog Meeting

Speaking to reporters in Chandigarh on August 6, Bhagwant Mann criticized his predecessors Charanjit Singh Channi and Amarinder Singh for not attending such meetings earlier.

Speaking to reporters in Chandigarh on August 6, Bhagwant Mann criticized his predecessors Charanjit Singh Channi and Amarinder Singh for not attending such meetings earlier.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said he would raise several issues including a statutory minimum support price (MSP) guarantee for crops and agricultural debt at the NITI board meeting Aayog in Delhi on August 7.

Speaking to reporters in Chandigarh on August 6, Mr Mann criticized his predecessors Charanjit Singh Channi and Amarinder Singh for not attending such meetings earlier.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the seventh board meeting of NITI Aayog, the government’s top policy think tank. “I will be attending the NITI Aayog meeting. I have done my homework on the Punjab issues which will be presented at the meeting,” Mr Mann said.

He said it was after three years that a representative from Punjab was going to attend the NITI Aayog meeting.

“I will raise the issues of water, farmers’ debt, legal guarantee to the MSP, the canal system, the cleaning of ‘buddha nallah’ [in Ludhiana]BBMB [Bhakra Beas Management Board] and also health-related issues,” Mann said.

The Chief Minister said he would also try to meet Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in Delhi and raise the issue of direct international flights from Amritsar and Mohali airports to London, Chicago, San Francisco and Vancouver. .

Responding to a question about the MSP committee formed by the Centre, Mr Mann said the government should involve representatives of farmers rather than those who were in favor of the now repealed farm laws.

The Center formed a committee on the MSP last month. The committee will explore ways to make the MSP available to farmers by making the system more efficient and transparent.

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