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Farmers warn of indefinite stir in Rajasthan from June 15

The Rajasthan Congress has already announced a state-wide agitation on June 14 in support of the farmers

jaipur Updated: Jun 12, 2017 19:52 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Rajasthan,Bharatiya Kisan Sangh,indefinite stir
Police use force to disperse activists of Youth Congress, demanding waiver of farmers' loans, in Jaipur.(HT File/Himanshu Vyas)

The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) Monday threatened to launch protest across Rajasthan if the BJP government failed to meet its demands that include minimum support prices for farm produce and a special assembly session to discuss farmer issues.

The Rajasthan Congress has already announced a state-wide agitation on June 14 in support of the farmers.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated farmers’ outfit also wants the Vasundhara Raje government to declare as crime the procurement of agricultural produce below the MSP from farmers.

“We will organise an indefinite ‘maha padav’ (sit-in) at seven divisional headquarters, including Jaipur, Kota, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Sikar, from Thursday morning. We will come with our families and cattle and cook food there. The agitation will continue until the government agrees to our demands,” BKS state general secretary Kailash Gandolia told reporters here.

“After two years of drought, the farmers reaped a good harvest this year but the government did not purchase many crops such as groundnut, mustard, and moong dal at MSP. We approached the government but it paid no attention. The attitude of the government towards the farmers is not right,” Gandolia added.

Gandolia said that this year the mustard production in Rajasthan was 37 lakh tonnes but farmers sustained a loss of ₹2,600 crore as government did not purchase the oil seed at MSP.

“In March, we held demonstrations in all the districts after which the government assured that it will begin procuring mustard at MSP from April 1. The government, however, kept delaying the procurement process and as a result many farmers committed suicide. When we told state agriculture minister Prabulal Saini about the crash in prices of garlic during his visit to Kota, he said who had asked us to plant so much garlic,” he alleged.

Unlike the farmers in some other state, the BKS is not demanding loan waiver.

THE BKS demands

1. Call a special Assembly session to make suitable changes in policies for benefit of farmers

2. Purchase the agriculture produce at MSP

3. Purchase of crops below MSP should be made a crime

4. Implementation of irrigation projects

5. Electricity to those whose applications are pending

6. Electricity should be provided at flat rates

First Published: Jun 12, 2017 19:52 IST