Congress to stage protests across Rajasthan in support of farmers from Wednesday
On June 16, the Congress will hold a demonstration in Kota to protest the recent death of a farmer who died of heart attack after allegedly not getting a fair price for garlic.jaipur Updated: Jun 13, 2017 20:31 IST
The Rajasthan Congress will stage a statewide agitation on Wednesday in support of a range of issues, including loan waiver and fair prices for agriculture produce.
“The government has been neglecting the demands of farmers for the past three years. We will protest in all 33 district headquarters and take up issues of the farming community,” state Congress president Sachin Pilot told reporters here on Tuesday.
Pilot, along with former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and other senior leaders, will address a rally in Sikar on Wednesday.
On June 16, the Congress will hold a demonstration in Kota to protest the recent death of a farmer who died of heart attack after allegedly not getting a fair price for garlic.
“The BJP has a habit of blaming the Congress whether they are in the government or the opposition. For three years, the central government has not done anything for the farmers and every 41 minutes there’s a farmer suicide in India,” he said.
Pilot said that the Rajasthan government should follow in the footsteps of the BJP governments in UP and Maharashtra and waive off farmers’ loan. “About 10 lakh farmers are yet to receive compensation for crop damage three years ago. The MSP should be fixed at more than 50% of the cost price,” he said.
Terming the BJP’s claim that farmers’ income will double by 2022 as an eyewash, he said that BJP has a habit of procrastinating issues.
In reply to a query that MSP comes under the central government’s domain, he said that the state government provides feedback on the input costs and there is a provision for a bonus. Moreover, the state government was not giving even the MSP on designated crops.
Sidestepping a query about Rahul Gandhi’s next foreign trip, Pilot said that it is because of pressure from the Congress and Rahul Gandhi that the governments in MP and Maharashtra have taken certain steps.
Invisible hand protecting cow vigilantes: Pilot
Reacting to cow vigilantes beating up officials of Tamil Nadu in Barmer on Monday, Pilot said, “The so-called gau rakshaks are breaking the law brazenly but there is no reaction from the government. There is an invisible hand which is protecting these so-called gau rakshaks. The prime minister says that 80% of gau rakshaks are criminals, and these criminals have a free run in Rajasthan so it puts a question mark on the law and order situation in the state.”