Farmers hold protest march,
mock Parliament session in Delhi
Business Standard, November
Thousands of farmers
from across the country held a protest march here on Monday and
organised a 'Kisan Mukti Sansad' or mock Parliament session to
present two bills on crop loans waiver and remunerative prices
for farm produce.
The protest march organised by the All India Kisan Sangharsh
Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) -- an umbrella body of 184
farmers organisations -- started from the Ramlila Maidan and
ended on Parliament Street near Jantar Mantar.
"We want Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh to visit
the Kisan Sansad and hold discussion with farmers," Kirankumar
Vissa, a farmer activist from Telangana, said, The bills will be
sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
All members in the mock session were women, who spoke about
their sufferings due to the "wrong and anti-farmer policies" of
Lok Sabha member and farmer leader Raju Shetti tabled the bills,
which were then discussed.
"We will pass these bills in the evening after discussions,"
Social activist Medha Patkar was designated house Speaker during
the mock session.
Criticising the NDA government for "failing" to fulfil its
promise of 50 per cent profit over crop production cost, the
farmers warned it of repercussions during the 2019 Lok Sabha
Pooja More, a farmer from Maharashtra, said thousands of farmers
had committed suicide as the government had no concern for them.
"There are leaders who make tall claims, but do nothing. The
current system is not beneficial to farmers."
Prabhavati from Karnataka's Bidar said her brother committed
suicide as crop prices fell drastically.
"We grow pulses, grains, and sugar cane on our 10 acres. Despite
good yield, we could not even recover the production cost. So,
my brother committed suicide," she said.
Many farmers said they were under tremendous financial burden
due to the fall in prices and lack of government help.
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