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BJP Kisan Morcha for amendments in proposed pesticides Bill

CHANDIGARH: The BJP Kisan Morcha has called for amendments in the proposed Pesticides Management Bill. Addressing the media on Sunday,morcha national president Om Prakash Dhankar said the Central government,through the Bill,was bringing the entire management of pesticides under its ambit,while state governments were being saddled with responsibilities. “The state governments are competent enough to monitor it. The forest minister of Kerala,too,has raised objections to it. Recently,the Karnataka government has banned the controversial endosulfan pesticide in the state as the chemical causes cancer,” he added. Pointing towards data prevention provision in the Bill,Dhankar said this would increase secrecy and make pesticides available at reasonable prices only a dream. On the lines of seed Bill,he demanded,the pesticide Bill too should have provisions for compensation so that in case of pesticide failure a farmer was adequately compensated.

It’s a wrong belief that farmers don’t pay tax on their income: Jakhar to SAD

CHANDIGARH: Congress MLA Sunil Jakhar has criticised the SAD-BJP government for suggesting that farmers should be taxed. In an open letter to Akali MP Naresh Gujral,he has written: “Farmers are the only producers in the world who pay turnover tax in the form of market fees and rural development charges.” The Congress had to stage a walkout in the ongoing session of the Vidhan Sabha to protest against this taxation. “This preposterous idea of taxing the farmer has its origin in the belief that the farmer does not pay any tax on his income. This is false,” he said.

Section 144 ahead of Hola Mohalla

Ludhiana: To avert any untoward incidence during the festival of Hola-Mohalla,Ropar Deputy Commissioner Arunjit Singh Miglani has imposed Section 144 at Anandpur Sahib and Ropar from March 15 to March 20 . As per the orders,carrying arms and ammunition in the open is prohibited. The district administration has also imposed ban on beggars from March 15 to 20. The DC has ordered that liquor vends situated in 5-km radius of Anandpur Sahib and Kiratpur Sahib will remain closed on these days.