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Farmers hold rally in Rajasthan demanding debt waiver, water for irrigation

Hundreds of farmers on Friday held a rally in Bharatpur demanding the state government to waive their debt, ensure water supply for irrigation and crop insurance

jaipur Updated: Dec 15, 2017 18:14 IST
Suresh Foujdar
Suresh Foujdar
Hindustan Times
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Farmers at a rally in Bharatpur on Friday. (HT Photo)

Hundreds of farmers on Friday held a rally in Bharatpur demanding the state government to waive their debt, ensure water supply for irrigation and crop insurance.

The farmers under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha warned that they would be forced to launch an indefinite sit-in at the district collector’s office if their demands were not accepted.

The rally started from Numaish ground and ended at the district collector’s office. The agitating farmers also sent over a memorandum to the chief minister through district collector Narendra Kumar Gupta.

Farmer leaders said they were fed up with assurances from the government and want action on the ground.

All India Kisan Sabha district secretary Natthi Lal accused the BJP government of ignoring problems being faced by farmers.

“We have launched the final warning rally to wake up the sleeping government to fulfil farmers’ demands like debt waiver, crops insurances, water from Gambheer and Yamuna rivers,” Lal said.

Farmers alleged that the district was facing water scarcity for a long time. “We have agitated earlier also demanding water from Yamuna through Gurgaon canal in Haryana,” he said.

On May 12, 1994 five states -- Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh -- inked a pact to release 1,280 cusec of water from Yamuna river for Bharatpur. The farmers said the pact was not being respected now.

Many farmers have committed suicide in the district allegedly due to increasing debt.

Bhagwan Singh, a debt-ridden farmer, committed suicide on November 20 in Jatauli Thoon village allegedly due to burden of bank debt. Another farmer allegedly hanged himself in Sogar village on June 29.

Notably, the district produces 3.50 lakh tonnes of mustard every year on 2.10 lakh hectare area.

First Published: Dec 15, 2017 17:47 IST