New Delhi, June 3: The 10-day nationwide farmers protest entered its third day on Sunday. The on-going agitation has disrupted the supply of vegetables, fruits and milk in many parts of the country. While clashes broke out in parts of Punjab between protesters, traders and milk sellers.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh described the ongoing protest by farmers as a sign of their desperation in the face of the wrongs being perpetrated on them by the Central government.Already reeling under high fuel prices, people suffered a further jolt as prices of vegetables shot up manifold.
The farmers’ organisations are demanding immediate implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report on farming, giving minimum support price to farmers for their produce, waiving loans and helping them make agriculture cost effective.
The strike, declared by the All India Kisan Mahasangh, is being staged in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh among other states.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Saturday said that production and productivity in agricultural sector have increased during the four years of NDA rule at the Centre, compared to the UPA regime. The Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister also said that the NDA government has also given push to policy reforms in the sector.
Singh has stated that some farmers have been staging protests just for the sake of media attention.
Singh said “There are crores of farmers in the country but only a few farmers have been staging protest. It has no relevance at all.”
Singh’s controversial remarks came in response to a question on the protests by thousands of farmers in Madhya Pradesh and elsewhere over low support price for their products, among others.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday threw his weight behind the farmers protesting countrywide ahead of the first anniversary of the deaths of seven peasants during police firing in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur on June 6 last year.
“Everyday, about 35 farmers commit suicide in our country. To attract government’s attention towards the agrarian crisis, farmers are forced to protest for 10 days.”
Two debt-ridden farmers allegedly ended their lives in Madhya Pradesh since 1 June, police said on Saturday. According to reports, sixty-year-old Gordhan Ahirwar’s body was found floating in a well in Sujalpur tehsil of Shajapur district on Friday night. His son Sitaram said he had borrowed Rs 2 lakh, and was worried about repaying it.
Sohanlal Ahirwar (48) died at Simriya Krishi Upaj Mandi in Seoni district on Friday. His brother Munnalal blamed mismanagement at the mandi for the death.