Case against Minister for ‘anti-farmer’ jibe

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jun 2018 09:03:33



A CASE was lodged against Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on Monday for “insulting farmers”, a lawyer said. Social activist Tamanna Hashmi filed the case in the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court. It will be heard next week.

Commenting on the ongoing nationwide agitation by thousands of farmers demanding loan waiver and higher price for their produce among other things, the Minister had said some farmers are doing it for media attention.
“There are crores of farmers in the country but only a few farmers have been staging protest. It has no relevance at all,” he had said.

The 10-day protests that started on June 1 coincide with the farmers’ agitation in Mandsaur of Madhya Pradesh last year when seven farmers had died in a police firing on June 6.

Farmers in the agrarian States of Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra and Rajasthan on Friday joined the protest call given by various farmer organisations. Radha Mohan Singh’s comments that farmers were committing suicide just for media coverage have been widely criticised.
Milk, vegetables supply further hit in Raj: PRICES of vegetables soared amid disruptions in supplies and procurement of milk was also hit in parts of Rajasthan as farmers’ agitation.

“Jaipur Dairy alone has suffered a loss of nearly Rs 1 crore as ‘anti-social elements’ spilled nearly 60,000 litres of milk on roads. Twelve tankers were vandalised.
Jaipur Dairy has lodged 8-9 FIRs for damaging and manhandling employees,” Jaipur Dairy chairman Om Prakash Punia told PTI.
He said that problems are being witnessed in Sikar, Chomu, Kaladera and parts of Jaipur.

Mixed response on day four of farmers’ stir


TENSION prevailed in some parts of Punjab as farmers continued their protest for the fourth day and tried to block other farmers and traders from carrying vegetables, fruits and milk to urban areas. Local traders clashed with protesting farmers in Gidderbaha town in south-west Punjab on Monday as the latter tried to stop the traders from selling agricultural produce. Police intervened and two farmers were booked.

Reports from other places also said that protesting farmers forced other farmers and traders from carry vegetables and milk to urban areas. This led to tension at some places.
The protesting farmers continued to dump agricultural produce and milk in vegetable markets and on roads to show their protest, while in some villages and towns, they set up temporary stalls to sell the vegetables at throwaway prices.

The farmers are protesting against the policies of Central Government towards them. Reports of protests by farmers were received from several places in agrarian States Punjab and Haryana. The farmers, under Bharatiya Kisan Union, started a 10-day protest on Friday in 7 States, imposing a blockade on movement of agriculture produce from rural to urban centres.