Chandigarh/Patiala, April 5 -- Attacking the Union Food Minister Piyush Goyal over his letter regarding the issue of direct payment to farmers, Punjab's former Minister and senior Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday alleged that the Central Government wanted to destroy and disrupt the State's tried and tested mandi system.

Notably, Goyal had written a letter to the Punjab Government asking it to implement a system for direct payment to farmers for crop procurement, besides asking the State Government to integrate land records available with the revenue department with the procurement portal.

Sidhu, addressing the mediapersons in Patiala, alleged that the motive of the letter was to disrupt the age-old, tried and tested, and succe...