Chandigarh: In what might pave the way in which for a recent confrontation with the farmers protesting in opposition to the contentious farm legal guidelines, the Centre has written to Captain Amarinder Singh-led authorities demanding motion on the findings of an investigation achieved by the Border Safety Power (BSF) workforce that migrant bonded labourers from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh had been being employed within the farms of Punjab and administered medicine to extract lengthy hours of labor.
The Union Ministry of Dwelling Affairs (MHA) in a letter despatched to Punjab Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan and Director Basic of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta mentioned the BSF personnel apprehended 58 such labourers from the state’s border districts.
Directing the state authorities “to look into the matter and take applicable measures to handle this significant issue”, the MHA within the letter despatched on March 17 additionally requested that or not it’s knowledgeable on precedence with regard to the motion taken within the matter.
The Centre’s letter, nevertheless, drew sharp flak from the NDA’s former ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU).
Former SAD MP Professor Prem Singh Chandumajra whereas reacting to the identical mentioned “such letters from the Dwelling Ministry may also ship a unsuitable sign throughout the nation and create an environment of confrontation”.
Jagmohan Singh, the overall secretary of BKU (Dakaunda), hit out on the ruling dispensation on the Centre alleging it was making an attempt to malign the farmers’ picture.
Questioning the timing of the letter, he accused the Centre of “enjoying one more communal card” and urged the MHA to withdraw the letter.