Rajasthan farmers demanding loan waivers launch indefinite stir across 8 cities

Updated on Jun 17, 2017 04:12 PM IST

Besides loan waiver, the farmers in Rajasthan are also demanding rise in Minimum Support Price (MSP) based on input cost.

Farmers protesting in Jaipur, Rajasthan.(Himanshu Vyas/HT Photo)
Farmers protesting in Jaipur, Rajasthan.(Himanshu Vyas/HT Photo)
IANS, Jaipur | By

Hundreds of Bhartiya Kisan Sangh farmers demanding loan waivers launched an indefinite ‘mahapadav’ (sit-in) at eight cities in Rajasthan on Thursday.

“Farmers in hundreds are sitting across the state at divisional headquarters in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Kota, Bikaner, Bharatpur and Sikar. We want the government to listen and do something for welfare of farmers,” BN Chaudhary, a BKS functionary, told IANS over the phone.

Besides loan waiver, the farmers are also demanding rise in Minimum Support Price (MSP) based on input cost, calling of special session of the state assembly for discussion of their issues, formulating farmer-friendly agricultural policies and implementation of some irrigation projects.

“The state government should make it a crime if crops are purchased below MSP,” Chaudhary said.

He alleged that the state government tried to stop farmers from protesting.

Meanwhile, the state government has cancelled the leave of district collectors and police officials in view of the protest and has asked them to keep a close watch on the situation.

Security has been tightened in areas around the ‘mahapadav’ sites. To pacify farmers, the state government has begun procurement of garlic and has also extended the date for wheat procurement to June 30.

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