Agriculture

Opposition unites on agrarian crisis, Centre yet to reply to farmers' demands

Farmer organisations have urged the Centre to pass two pass bills to free farmers from indebtedness and guarantee price for their produce

 
By Jitendra
Last Updated: Friday 30 November 2018
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Political parties vowed to pass two bills to free farmers from indebtedness and guaranteed price for their produce. Credit: Adithyan PC/CSE Political parties vowed to pass two bills to free farmers from indebtedness and guaranteed price for their produce. Credit: Adithyan PC/CSE

Opposition parties united on the issue of the agrarian crisis on the last day of the two day protest by farmers from more than 200 organisations across India. The march to Ramlila grounds in Delhi had representatives and party leaders of 21 political parties speak in a united voice. They vowed to pass two bills prepared by the organisation to free farmers from indebtedness and guaranteed price for their produces. Yet, there was no response from the Modi government on these demands.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other political parties took this opportunity to attack Narendra Modi government’s policies that ignore farm crisis and the broken promises of 2014.

“When Rs 3.5 lakh crore of 15 corporate houses loans could be waived off in last four years and another Rs 12.5 lakh crore loan has been declared non-performing asset, then farmers’ loans can also be waived off,” said Gandhi.

He accused the Modi government of favouring corporates through agriculture insurance schemes and endorsed the two bills - the Farmers’ Freedom from Indebtedness Bill, 2018 and the Farmers’ Right to Guaranteed Remunerative Minimum Support Prices for Agricultural Commodities Bill, 2018.

“Every responsible political party is in support of these bills. We will change law in the interest of farmers when come to power,” said Gandhi. 

Representatives of political parties have endorsed the two bills to address the farms crisis. Earlier, farmers marched from Ramlila maidan and police stopped before few hundred meters from Parliament. Representatives of different farmers’ organisations addressed farmer raised different issues related to farm crisis.

The government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court that Swaminathan Commission report cannot be implemented, which was poll promise of Bhartiya Janta Party. Yet they are claiming that they have fulfilled electoral promise of providing price of produce 1.5 times above cost of production, said Yogendra Yadav, leader of Swaraj Abhiyan.

Sitaram Yechuri, general secretary of CPI (M), Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh, National Conference Farrukh Abdullah, Samajwadi Party leader Dharmendra Yadav, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Dipankar Bhattacharya of CPI (ML) Liberation, farmer leader and Member of Parliament Raju Shetty and others came out in support of the bills.

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