CHANDIGARH: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday kept up his attack on the central government over the recently enacted farm laws, and said these are a blatant attack on the soul of every farmer and that such legislations “weaken” the country’s foundation.
“These three laws are an attack on the soul of every farmer of this country, they are an attack on their sweat and blood. And farmers and labourers of this country understand this,” he said.
Referring to his “tractor rallies” against the laws during his recent visit to Punjab and Haryana, Gandhi said, “I came to Punjab and Haryana a few days ago and every farmer and labourer know that these three laws are an attack on them.”
He said he was happy that the Punjab government has decided to convene a special session of the Assembly on these laws on October 19 where MLAs will “decide about these farm laws”.
Gandhi was delivering a virtual address at the launch of the second phase of ‘Smart Village Campaign’ in Punjab.
Rs 2,663 crore has been allocated to execute approximately 50,000 different development works under the campaign.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, some of his cabinet colleagues were among those present at the virtual launch.
Hitting out at the BJP-led central government over the farm laws, Gandhi said, “If we weaken country’s foundation, India will be weakened.”
“When Congress party fights, we do that to protect and strengthen the foundation. This is the difference between us and the central government. They talk of the building, but they thrust schemes from the top without talking to the panchayat and the people and their laws weaken India’s foundation,” he said.
“If these laws were in favour of farmers and labourers, then why did the government not allow a debate before these were passed in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha? Why were they afraid of a debate? Entire country would have seen the debate and decided if these laws are for farmers’ benefit,” he said.
“But in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, voice of India’s farmers was suppressed. I am happy that in Punjab assembly, farmers, labourers’ voice will be heard in the special session,” said Gandhi.
The three farm bills — the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 — were passed by Parliament recently. Subsequently, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the bills.
The Congress, many other opposition parties and several farmers organisations have been protesting against these legislations, claiming that these will harm the interests of farmers and benefit corporates, a claim denied by the government.
The Centre has asserted that these new laws will be beneficial for farmers and will increase their income.
New Covid-19 cases in India dip below 50,000 for first time in nearly three months
NEW DELHI: The number of new coronavirus infections reported daily in India dropped below 50,000 for the first time in nearly three months, taking the Covid-19 caseload to 75,97,063 on Tuesday, according to the Union Health Ministry.
A total of 46,790 fresh infections were reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,15,197 with 587 fatalities being registered in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.
The number of new fatalities reported daily across the country was recorded below 600 for the second consecutive day.
The total recoveries crossed 67 lakh while active cases of coronavirus infection remained below 8 lakh for the fourth consecutive day.
With 46,791 new Covid-19 cases, India’s tally reaches 75,97,064
NEW DELHI: India reported 46,791 new Covid-19 cases and 587 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 75,97,064, according to the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW). As per the MoHFW, the number of active cases stand at 7,48,538 while the number of
The country had reported 47,703 new infections in a day on July 28.
There are 7,48,538 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 9.85 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.
A total 67,33,328 people have recuperated from the disease so far pushing the national recovery rate to 88.63 per cent while the case fatality rate due Covid-19 stands at 1.52 per cent.
India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September. It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28 and crossed 70 lakh on October 11.
According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 9,61,16,771 samples have been tested up to October 19 with 10,32,795 samples being tested on Monday.
The 579 new fatalities include 125 from Maharashtra, 64 from Karnataka, 63 from West Bengal, 56 from Chhattisgarh, 49 from Tamil Nadu, and 31 from Delhi.
A total of 1,15,197 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 42,240 from Maharashtra followed by 10,691 from Tamil Nadu, 10,542 from Karnataka, 6,685 from Uttar Pradesh, 6,453 from Andhra Pradesh, 6,119 from West Bengal, 6,040 from Delhi, 4,029 from Punjab and 3,643 from Gujarat.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.
Two terrorists killed by security forces in operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian
SHOPIAN: Two terrorists were killed by the security forces on Tuesday in an operation in the Melhora area of the Shopian district, the army said.
“One more terrorist killed during the operation in Melhora area of Shopian district. Total two terrorists have been eliminated so far. One AK rifle and one pistol recovered. The operation has concluded,” said Indian Army.
One AK rifle and one pistol was recovered from the spot.
Earlier today, Army’s northern command had reported the killing of one terrorist in the Melhora area.
With 46,791 new Covid-19 cases, India’s tally reaches 75,97,064
NEW DELHI: India reported 46,791 new Covid-19 cases and 587 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 75,97,064, according to the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW).
As per the MoHFW, the number of active cases stand at 7,48,538 while the number of cured/discharged/migrated people stands at 67,33,329. The death toll has reached 1,15,197.
With 1,83,456 total active cases, Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state by Covid-19 in the country. While 13,69,810 patients have recovered from the disease in the state, 42,115 have died so far.
Among other severely affected states, Karnataka has 1,09,283 active cases, while 6,45,825 people have recovered, 10,478 have succumbed to the coronavirus.
Delhi has 23,292 active cases, 3,01,716 recovered and 6,009 deaths reported so far.
Meanwhile, the trend of daily cases in the five most affected states – Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu – reveals stages of the decline of active cases. It mirrors a steady decrease in active cases in India with caseload being sustained below 8 lakhs for 3 days in a row, said the health ministry.
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