Dewas: Kishan Bachao Yatra of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday reached Dewas after visiting neigbouring districts, including Sehore and Shajapur. AAP recently launched a yatra to interact with the farmers across the state and highlight their plight.
Addressing the farmers here in Dewas, AAP convener Alok Agrawal demanded government to waive farm loans citing the poor condition of farmers in the state. Agrawal claimed that on an average five farmers have been committing suicide every day in the BJP-ruled state due to rising debt.
During the 42-day-long Kisan Bachao Yatra (Save Farmers March), AAP leaders and volunteers will travel across 130 Assembly segments, spread over 51 districts and interact with agriculturists and highlight problems being faced by them, a party functionary said.
“On an average, five farmers have been committing suicide every day due to debt burden. Overall, there is a debt burden of Rs 20,000 crore on farmers in the state. So, we are taking out this march in support of our 10-point demands,” Agrawal said here.
He said the party is against imposing tax on agriculture income. The AAP leader said the BJP, in its 2013 manifesto, had announced to constitute a commission to look into farm loan waiver, but no headway has been made on this front since then.
“On the contrary, farmers are being harassed for non- payment of loans. They are being jailed for non-payment of electricity bills.” The 10-point charter of demands included waiver of all agriculture loans, Rs 5 lakh assistance to the family of farmers who have committed suicide and 18-hour power supply to cultivators, among others.