After Mumbai, farmers march towards Delhi to demand loan-waiver

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Mar 2018 09:08:57


 

NEW DELHI,

Demands of the farmers also included waiving the electricity bills, establishment of a national-level farmers’ commission, better health services for the farmers


AFTER Mumbai, the farmers from across the country hit the streets of the national capital on Tuesday to demand absolute implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations, loan waivers to them as promised by the Government and the Minimum Support Price for their agri-produce.


Thousands of farmers gathered here at the Parliament Street on Tuesday, under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), staged the protest. They alleged that the promises made by the Government were turning out to be false and that was not acceptable. Demands of the farmers also included waiving the electricity bills, establishment of a national-level farmers’ commission, better health services for the farmers, etc.


A BKU member Balram Tiwari from Banda in Uttar Pradesh told UNI that that electricity was being charged five times higher than the normal prices from the farmers of Bundelkhand region, with respect to the tubewell usage. He further alleged that corrupt practices also prevailed in that region in terms of certain Government schemes for the farmers that included ‘Anna Pratha’, for which crores of Rupees were given by the Government but the benefit did not reach the farmers. The farmers further demanded that there should be work done on land reforms and the extra and unclaimed and unused land be given to the landless farmers. Farmer suicides, which have been a very important concern was also stressed upon by the BKU. Implementation of the Swaminathan Commission proposals was one of the important demands by the farmers assembled in New Delhi. Also, the demands included formation of a system under which food and nutrition security, sustainability in farming systems and other benefits for farmers were ensured.