Adopt Haryana model, Kisan leader urges State

Call to scrap provisions providing for auctioning farm land to recover dues

Confabulation KPCC President R V Deshpande having a word with Working President D K Shivakumar at the All India Kisan Khet-Mazdoor Congress  farmers and agricultural labourers State- level convention in Bangalore on Sunday. AIKKMC President Shamsher Singh Surjewala is also seen. DH photo

Addressing a press conference in Bangalore, Surjewala said, the State also need to scarp the present provisions wherein farmers’ land can be auctioned to recover the money which he borrows from a bank but fails to return. The Government should ensure that a farmer is not deprived of his land and the means of livelihood if he is not able to repay the loan. The money can be recovered by other means, such as giving his land on lease, he added.
Surjewala said, Haryana has adopted a system wherein, in addition to the land acquisition cost, the farmers are paid an annual payment for 15 years.

He said, Kisan Khet-Mazdoor Congress will set up centres in all 29 districts in the State.
Earlier in the day, inaugurating the convention organised by the Khet, KPCC President R V Deshpande said the State government had failed on all fronts to protect the interests of farmers and deserved to be rooted out of power by the people.

KPCC Working President D K Shivakumar said, the Centre had released grants for the State government under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. However, the State had failed to utilise the grants. Congress workers at the booth-level should expose the inefficiency of the Government, he said. A 10-point resolution including setting up of Welfare Committees for farmers was adopted.

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