Punjab Cong chief Sukhpal Khaira seeks introduction of invoice to limit buy of agri land in state by non-Punjabis

Punjab Cong chief Sukhpal Khaira seeks introduction of invoice to limit buy of agri land in state by non-Punjabis


Chandigarh, January 23

Senior Punjab Congress chief Sukhpal Singh Khaira together with social gathering chief Partap Singh Bajwa met Meeting Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan right here on Monday and sought to introduce a personal member’s invoice within the subsequent session to ban the acquisition of agricultural land within the state by non-Punjabis.

This, Khaira claimed, is to “defend our identification and demographic stability”.

“Right now myself and Chief of Opposition Partap Singh Bajwa met Speaker PB searching for to introduce personal member’s invoice within the subsequent VS session to limit/ban buy of agricultural land by non Pb’s with a view to defend our identification & demographic stability as carried out by Hp 1972 Act,” Khaira stated in a tweet.

Within the letter to the speaker, Khaira sought to introduce the invoice “to limit/bar non-agriculturist and non-bonafide Punjabis, from shopping for agriculture land in Punjab, as offered for in part 118 of the Himachal Pradesh, Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, 1972”.

“We’re not in opposition to non-Punjabis coming into our state for employment alternatives however sure, we now have a difficulty with them settling completely in Punjab, turning into house owners of agriculture land, turning into everlasting voters and so forth. because it endangers our distinct identification,” Khaira stated within the letter, which was launched to the media.

Referring to the Himachal Pradesh Tenancy Act, 1972, to press his viewpoint, Khaira stated there are provisions in accordance with the stated act to arrange trade and even purchase agriculture land after following the due means of regulation.

Khaira, MLA from Bolath, sought enactment of an analogous regulation like Himachal Pradesh, “to guard our identification and existence and that of our future generations”.

“Due to this fact, I request that the personal members invoice submitted by me be tabled within the subsequent session of Vidhan Sabha to enact an analogous regulation like Himachal Pradesh, to guard our identification and existence and that of our future generations,” wrote Khaira.

The letter to the Speaker mentions that there was large inhabitants migration of Punjabis to completely different elements of the world in quest of higher livelihood throughout the previous couple of a long time.

“As per tough estimates, roughly one-sixth of Punjab’s complete inhabitants of two.75 crore, that’s to say nearly 50 lac of our individuals have migrated overseas.

“Sadly, this development has additional escalated throughout the previous couple of years. Due to this development of such large migration, Punjab has not solely misplaced its finest educated, skilled and expert human useful resource, however it has additionally shattered the financial system of our state,” says the letter.

The Congress chief identified {that a} youth who migrate to nations equivalent to Canada, USA, UK, Australia, and so forth., on the premise of a examine visa, work allow or everlasting residence foundation takes alongside roughly Rs 20 lakhs to 25 lakhs and thereafter such remittances proceed to move out of Punjab.

“Because of this, the financial system of Punjab which already stands shattered resulting from a colossal debt is additional being eroded drastically, significantly within the rural elements of Punjab. “Our agriculture land costs which have been round 40-50 lakhs per acre a decade in the past have dropped to lower than half i.e., 15-20 lakhs per acre now,” says the letter.

Other than the destructive monetary impression on Punjab, as a result of shift of inhabitants at such massive scale, the demographic state of affairs has additionally began to alter drastically, the Congress chief claimed.

The letter identified that identification of Punjabis “is beneath a extreme risk as lakhs and lakhs of non-Punjabis have began to reside completely in our state”.

“Other than demographic risk, the exodus of our youth to different nations has led to sharp drop of Punjabis in central providers and armed forces which is a matter of grave concern too.

“..if this development if not nipped within the bud instantly, Punjabis significantly the Sikhs might be in a minority in their very own motherland within the subsequent 20-25 years,” he stated.

It was exactly due to this motive that states like Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan and so forth, with a view to defend 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,” they wrote.  

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