Mumbai, May 9: Farmer organisations in Maharashtra have called a ‘jail bharo’ andolan (protest) on May 14, seeking a complete loan waiver, and electricity bills and scrapping of the Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway, among other demands.
Citing sources, the Indian Express reported around two lakh farmers are likely to participate in the protest.
The steering panels of farmer organisations, which has called the “jail bharo”, includes the Shetkari Sanghatana led by Raghunathdada Patil, All India Kisan Sabha, Baliraja Shetkari Sangh, Satyashodhak Shetkari Sabha, Akhil Bharatiya Shetkari Sanghamong and others.
“After the announcement of farm loan waiver, around 2,000 farmers have committed suicide. The loan waiver hasn’t helped in stopping farmer suicides. We don’t accept the government loan waiver. It should be a complete loan waiver for all farmers,” the Indian Express qouted Raghunathdada Patil as saying, who is also part of the committee.
He further stated that there has been no action against the milk dairies for not paying the rate of Rs 27 per litre to peasants.
“Besides, the government is also not following the norms of making payment in 24 hours after receiving goods from farmers. The sugar factories are paying as per the fair and remunerative price (FRP),” Patil claimed.