Punjab Congress seeks introduction of invoice to limit buy of farmland | Chandigarh Information

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CHANDIGARH: Leaders of Punjab Congress on Wednesday submitted a letter to meeting speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan, in search of the introduction of a non-public member’s invoice within the subsequent session to limit/ban buy of agricultural land by non-Punjabis so as to shield the identification and demographic steadiness of the state.
Citing Part 118 of the Himachal Pradesh Tenancy Act, 1972, chief of opposition Partap Singh Bajwa and All-India Kissan Congress chairman Sukhpal Singh Khaira requested that the non-public members invoice submitted by them be tabled within the subsequent session of meeting to enact an identical legislation on sample of Himachal Pradesh. They mentioned this was being accomplished to guard the identification and existence of future generations.
Each leaders contended that there had been huge inhabitants migration of Punjabis to completely different components of the world searching for higher livelihood throughout the previous couple of many years. The leaders added {that a} youth who migrated to international locations corresponding to Canada, USA, UK andAustralia on the idea of research visa, work allow or everlasting residence foundation took alongside roughly Rs 20 lakh-Rs 25 lakh, and thereafter such remittances proceed to circulate out of Punjab. Because of this, they claimed, the financial system of Punjab had worsened over time, significantly in rural components. “Our agriculture land costs, which have been round Rs 40-50 lakh per acre a decade in the past, have dropped to lower than half Rs 15-20 lakh per acre now,” their letter learn.
They claimed that the demographic state of affairs had additionally began to alter drastically. “The identification of Punjabis is below extreme menace as lakhs and lakhs of non-Punjabis have began to reside completely in our state. Other than the demographic menace, the exodus of Punjabi youth to different international locations has led to a pointy drop in illustration of Punjabis in central providers and armed forces which is a matter of grave concern,” mentioned the leaders.
“As per tough estimates, roughly one-sixth of Punjab’s whole inhabitants of two.75 crore, or nearly 50 lakh individuals, have migrated overseas,” mentioned Khaira. He added the development additional escalated throughout the previous couple of years. Because of the development of huge migration, Punjab has not solely misplaced its greatest educated, skilled and expert human useful resource, nevertheless it has additionally shattered the financial system of our state, the letter learn.
Khaira warned that if the development is just not nipped within the bud instantly, Punjabis significantly the Sikhs will probably be in a minority in their very own motherland within the subsequent 20-25 years. “It was exactly due to this motive that states like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and so on. so as to shield their identification and existence, handed legal guidelines of their respective states to bar outsiders from shopping for agriculture land, thus turning into everlasting residents of their states,” he mentioned.

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