Central act extending BSF’s jurisdiction to the Punjab Fourth black law: Minister of Punjab

A Punjabic minister on Friday called central legislation extending the territorial jurisdiction of the BSF to 50 km from the Indo-Pakistan border inside the state a “fourth black law” after three agricultural laws enacted earlier.

Punjab’s Soil and Water Conservation Minister Rana Gurjeet Singh, who also holds the technical education and job creation portfolios, said the BSF’s increased jurisdiction by 15 km previously to 50 km is the “fourth black law imposed by Center on Punjab”.

Addressing a rally in Hoshiarpur after laying the foundation stone for an irrigation project using treated water, Singh said the Center previously imposed three agricultural laws and now more of the powers of BSF are a another black law on the Punjab. “The government of Punjab will strongly oppose this arbitrary decision,” the minister said.

Opposing the Centre’s decision to extend the territorial jurisdiction of the BSF in the state, the Punjab cabinet said on Monday that law and order is a state responsibility and the police are able to deal with it. any situation.

The Union government amended the BSF law to allow border guards to conduct searches, seizures and arrests within a radius of 50 km, instead of the existing 15 km, from the international border of Punjab, from West Bengal and Assam.

The minister also lambasted the Center “for having deliberately ignored the demands and concerns of the country’s farmers, who he said have been protesting at the borders of the national capital for eleven months”. He reminded the Center that the Punjabis have played a vital role in the struggle for the country’s freedom and safeguarding the country’s borders in addition to contributing enormously to the country’s food by producing crops.

But today’s farmers have been forced to sit down in Singhu and elsewhere for their rights, with the Center paying no heed to their demands.


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Thelma J. Longworth

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