New Delhi, July 19: A ‘Kisan Mukti Yatra’ led by the Swaraj Abhiyan reached today at Jantar Mantar in national capital where thousands of farmers and their family gathered.
Farmers from all parts of the country, made two specific demands – “farming be made remunerative and made them debt-free,” Swaraj Abhiyan said in a statement.
Farmers from different parts of the country-Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh joined the farmers from Tamil Nadu for a ‘united agitation’.
“Our main is to stop farmer suicides. One way to stop farmers from committing suicide is to waive loans. However, this is not a long-term solution. We would like recommendations of the Swaminathan report implemented, and for agricultural produce to be fixed at 50% profitable price, which would be over and above the input costs,” said VM Singh, the convener of the All India Kisan Sangarsh Coordination Committee.
CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said, “Along with you, I take the pledge to fight for the rights of farmers and I promise you that I am going to take this fight to Parliament.”
Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, alleged, “The government is deliberately designing policies that are anti-farmer and pro-corporate. The govt is supporting products such as GM mustard which are designed to benefit the corporate and destroy the farmers as well their farming.”
Abhiyan said, farmers from Maharashtra who committed suicide, their children performed a skit at the venue to bring attention.
The major concern of farmers has been battling drought like conditions, which has ruined their crops. “We have no water in Rajasthan. What are we supposed to grow? How are we to feed our families,” asked Ram Das, a farmer.
“My father, who was a farmer, left me alone in the world. We are here, so that other kids don’t have to face the same situation. I would like to tell farmers here not to make your kids orphans like us,” said Ashok Patil, child of a farmer from Maharashtra, whose father committed suicide.
According to the National Crime Records Bureaus latest data, more than 2% farmers have committed suicide in 2015 from 2014.