Farmers hold protest in Haryana to protest MP firing

The recent agitation by farmers in several states in India, demanding farm loan waivers and other measures, to boost the agricultural sector, has resulted in many states planning to waive loans.

"Indian agriculture is not in tune with the economic reforms".

He criticised Chief Ministers Shivraj Singh Chouhan of Madhya Pradesh and Devendra Fadnavis of Maharashtra for not having a dialogue with the farmers earlier.

However, loans of small and marginal farmers have been written off with immediate effect and they shall be entitled to fresh agricultural loans beginning June 12, he added.

After the Uttar Pradesh government took the decision on farm loan waiver, there have been similar demands from farmers across the country.

Farmers in Maharashtra, who have been reeling under a drought since the last few years, went on their first ever strike on June 1. I, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi promise that we will irrigate every land.

"Chouhan told collectors to procure the entire onion stock being brought by farmers", the official said. "We will protest strongly", said Shiv Mohan Singh, BKS spokesperson, urging the government to chalk out a strategy for easy repayment of loans rather than "threatening that their farmland would be attached". They want higher MSP (Minimum Support Price).

A day after the Maharashtra government announced a total loan waiver for farmers in the state, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said states keen on setting aside such loans will have to generate funds from their own resources, IANS reported on Monday.

"The farmers of the country have been mercilessly backstabbed by the callous and insensitive attitude of the BJP government".

The Mandsaur-Neemuch region, about 300 km from the state capital Bhopal, became the nerve centre of the gathering storm of farmer distress.

"The way protests are being promoted, putting farmers in front, it could be political", he said.

The farmers' demands included a waiver on farm loans, free electricity, appropriate remunerative prices for their produce, grants for irrigation, pension for farmers aged 60 years and above and implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Committee recommendations.

  • Rogelio Becker