Ujjain: All India Farmers Struggle and Coordination Committee (AIFSCC) has blamed the Union and state governments for the pathetic condition of farmers. The organization said the present NDA government had easily waived taxes amounting to several millions from the industrial houses, but had done nothing to provide justice to farmers.
Addressing the media here on Friday afternoon, AIFSCC convener VM Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP had time and again announced that they would procure agricultural produces on a minimum support price (MSP) and would also waive-off the agricultural loans due on farmers. “Despite being in power at the center for more than three years, the NaMo government has done nothing to fulfill their poll promises and instead waived-off various taxes to the tune of millions of rupees due on the corporate sector,” Singh charged. He demanded that the MSP should be given on all agricultural produces and all loans due on farmers should be waived-off.
AIFSCC leader Yogendra Yadav said that farmers’ agitation had reached a historic turn and it was for the first time that about 200 farmer organisations had joined their hands to ensure full justice to the farmers. “After 30-35 years, I am experiencing a great change in the common perspective towards farmers as people have now started talking about their economic status and resolving their issues sensibly,” Dr Yadav said. Member of Parliament from Maharashtra and farmers leader, Raju Shetty said farming had become a non-profitable business because of unnecessary interventions by the Central government. He stated that the issue will be raised during the monsoon session of Parliament.
AIFSCC leader and former MLA Dr Sunilam informed that a ‘kisan mukti yatra’ had been launched from Mandsaur on July 6 and its first phase would come to an end at Delhi on July 18, where farmers would stage a sit-in at Janter-Mantar. The yatra will remain in Madhya Pradesh for three days, for two days each in Maharashtra and Gujarat, four days in Rajasthan and for one each day in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and conclude at Delhi.
He informed that 6 urns containing ashes of mortal remains of six farmers killed in police firing in Mandsaur and a seventh urn symbolising suicides committed by the farmers will accompany the yatra. He demanded registering offences of murder against the guilty cops.