Farmers’ agitation fails to make a big impact in Maharashtra
Districts that were impacted the most were Ahmednagar, Sangli, Nashik and parts of PuneUpdated: Jun 08, 2018 11:06 IST
The Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sabha (ABKS) along with 11 other farmer outfits on Thursday organised demonstrations and raasta roko at several places in the state but failed to make any big impact as the protests were limited to some districts. The supporters held protests at Ahmednagar, Sangli, Nashik and Pune districts. The outfit said the protest will intensify on June 10, which is also the last day of their agitation. They will try to hold chakka jam across Maharashtra on that day.
“We have held protests that include raasta roko and demonstrations at several places in the state. Some farmers even chose to throw their vegetable on roads in Sangli. The districts that were impacted the most were Ahmednagar, Sangli, Nashik and parts of Pune,” said Ajit Nawale, general secretary, ABKS.
He added, “As we had already decided that intensifying the agitation doesn’t mean use of force or aggression, there were no incidents of forcibly blocking supplies of the essential commodities. We want farmers to join the protest voluntarily and are hoping that it will be intensified from tomorrow onwards’’.
Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh (RKM) is already holding a 10-day countrywide farmers strike since June 1.
Meanwhile, Swabhimani Paksha headed by farmers' leader Raju Shetti demanded a special session of the Parliament to discuss and resolve issues of the agrarian community.
Shetti said the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), a coalition of over 190 farmer organisations, have prepared two private member bills — Farmers Freedom from Indebtedness Bill 2018 and Farmers’ Right to Guaranteed Remunerative Minimum Support Price for Agricultural Commodities Bill 2018, which will act as permanent solution to the farmers’ problem.
“We want both the bills to be passed in the Parliament as the Farmers Freedom from Indebtedness Bill will help in ending their debt issues while Farmers’ Right to Guaranteed Remunerative Minimum Support Price for Agricultural Commodities Bill will prevent from becoming debtor in future,” Shetti said.
He assailed the BJP-led governments of causing harm to the farmers and described the state government loan waiver as a sham. “On the onset of monsoon, the farmers has no money to buy seeds nor fertilisers. The banks are not ready to give loans as they term farmers as defaulters and hence farmers are forced to borrow money from private moneylenders at high rate of interest,” said Shetti. He said despite chief minister Devendra Fadnavis claiming success, the ground reality was that farmers are still a distressed lot.