Updated: February 14, 2021 2:05:21 am
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Saturday said his government will soon enact a legislation for recovery of damages to public property from protesters. Khattar, who met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi, said among other issues they discussed the ongoing farmers’ protest.
“We discussed the farmers’ protest among other issues. We will be bringing a law for recovery of damages to public property from protesters,” Khattar said after the meeting.
Khattar’s statement comes two days after the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet cleared the Uttar Pradesh Recovery of Damage to Public and Private Property Ordinance, 2020. The ordinance on the recovery of damages for destruction of public and private Properties was promulgated by the UP governor last year. It has a provision for the setting up of claims tribunals, one or more, to “investigate the damage caused (during protests) and to award compensation” and to cover “cost of action” taken by the police and the administration for prevention of damage to properties.
While Khattar didn’t say if the proposed legislation will be similar to that of UP, he added that his
Khattar said that he apprised Shah about the ongoing farmers’ agitation, party’s organisational activities, political situation and various other relevant issues.
“Whatever the situation is, I apprised the Union home Minister about that. Complete information was passed on regarding the ongoing protests and farmer panchayats,” Khattar said.
The Haryana CM earlier in the day said some people were agitating just for the “sake of protest” against the Centre’s farm laws, which reflected their “vested political intent”.
“The three agricultural laws are for the benefit of the farmers and will certainly boost the economic prosperity of the agricultural sector. Some people are protesting just for the sake of protest and it also shows their vested political intent. However, if through positive dialogue, any amendment in these laws is required, then the central government is and will always be ready for making the required amendments. I am hopeful that soon the issue would be resolved,” Khattar said after holding a pre-Budget meeting with the state MPs at the residence Union Minister Rattan Lal Kataria in New Delhi,
Later, speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Institute of Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Daulatabad village, he said farmers should study everything as “aware citizens” and, in case of any “shortcomings”, should communicate the same to the government.
“Our government is farmer friendly and will work in favour of the farmer. Farmer brothers should study everything as aware citizens and, if there are any shortcomings, should tell us. In the modern age, experimentations should also be done regarding new things,” said Khattar, who attended a series of meetings and events in Gurgaon on Saturday.
Reiterating that “MSP was, MSP is, and MSP will remain”, he also took a dig at opposition parties. “The work of opposition parties is to make dents in the work of the government but, even while doing this, it is important to keep certain boundaries in mind,” he said.
“The three farmer bills regarding which demonstrations and protests are happening and in which opposition parties, including the Congress, are doing politics, the same Congress wanted to implement these bills… These bills were discussed during the Congress term as well… There are 17 lakh farmers in Haryana, we have to make schemes for them all,” he said.
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