Farmers to rock Delhi on Nov 20, 21

Farmers to rock Delhi on Nov 20, 21

Thousands of farmers will culminate their country-wide marches over four months with a two-day protest in the national capital from Monday demanding loan waiver and hike in support price for crops.

Under the backing of All India Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (AIKSS), an umbrella organisation of 184 farmers' organisations across the country, the farmers will march from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament Street where they will stay put for two days.

The nationwide marches started after the police firing on protesting farmers in Madhya Pradesh in June, and has covered 20,000 km.

With farmers' suicides on the rise, one of the main demands  of the protesters is loan waiver. Another major demand is hike in minimum support price by one-and-a-half times of production cost.

"Farmers are agitated. A large number are committing   suicide. They are demanding that Parliament pass bills regarding loan waiver and crop remunerative price," All CitnIndia Kisan Sabha Joint Secretary Vijoo Krishnan told DH.

Centre anti-farmer

Following the Mandsaur incident, the country had witnessed a number of protests by farmers demanding loan waiver and increase in minimum support price, including in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. Krishnan said these protests had generated enormous response.

Explaining the price mechanism, he said, "For example, the Centre fixes Rs 1,550 per quintal as MSP for paddy. In the entire north, the states fix MSP for paddy at Rs 800-1,100, while Kerala pays Rs 2,350. Why can't other states follow suit?"

"The Centre is discouraging states  from  compensating. It says it will distort the market. The Central government is only helping market forces," he added.  

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