You are here: Home » Current Affairs » News » National
Business Standard

Farmers on strike from Nov 20; demand better prices and 'freedom from debt'

The AIKSCC, an umbrella forum of farmers, will also organise 'Kisan Mukti Sansad' or farmer's parliament

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

File Photo: Farmers

Farmers from all over India will participate in a two-day protest from November 20 under the banner of the (AIKSCC) to demand "better prices for their produce and complete freedom from debt".

According to the AIKSCC, members of around 180 farmer organisations are expected to participate in the protest.

"Our main demand will be full remunerative prices as a legal entitlement with correct cost estimations and at least a 50 per cent profit margin over the cost of production," president Ashok Dhawale said.

"We will also demand freedom from debt, including an immediate comprehensive loan waiver, as well as a statutory institutional mechanism to address farmers' debt on an ongoing basis," he said.

Dhawale said, "Even though Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his Lok Sabha poll campaign, had promised that if elected, farmers would get good prices for their crops and he would implement the Swaminathan Commission recommendations, nothing has been done so far".

According to the "steady rise in input costs, like fuel, pesticides and fertilisers and even water, and slashing of subsidies by the government" are some of the key factors behind cost versus income imbalance presently being faced by the farmers.

"This massive injustice in prices is pushing farmers into debt, to commit suicide and ignite repeated protests across the country. To address the plight of farmers we are congregating in large numbers in Delhi on November 20 in a 'Kisan Mukti Sansad'," an leader said.

The AIKSCC, an umbrella forum of farmers, will also organise 'Kisan Mukti Sansad' or farmer's parliament at the venue of their protest.

On November 20, a draft 'bill' encompassing the two demands will be introduced and passed after the debate by the farmers' parliament.

First Published: Sat, November 18 2017. 16:27 IST