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AIKMS on Kerala Devastation

CEC of AIKMS has called upon the people to come forward and help the affected people of Kerala in their misery due to the havoc caused by incessant rain and floods. Thousands of houses have been destroyed in land slips, more than 2 lacs have been forced to leave their houses and tens of thousands of crores have been lost in value.

CEC also calls upon the central govt to shed its apathy to the people and declare this Kerala tragedy as a National Calamity to mobilise the entire country to help the people. The whole state is dislocated and is now staring at arriving water borne diseases, hunger and lack of shelter. Imperial type aerial surveys, as undertaken by the leaders will not be of help.

CEC pays tribute to the spirit of sacrifice and help of specially the members of fishermen community who have mobilized their 100 private double engined motorized boats, 300 skilled swimmers and have brought out 20 to 25 marooned people with great risk to their lives.

CEC calls upon all democratic forces to step up pressure on the govts to immediately look into the Gadgil Committee report of 2011 which was deliberately watered down and not implemented for sake of promoting environmentally damaging deforestation, quarrying, real estate constructions.Read More

AIKMS Peasants

Peasant March in Delhi on 20.07.2019

The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) organized a protest black flag march today from Mandi house to Parliament Street today to declare Modi Govt’s announcement of MSP as a betrayal of peasants on the election promises made by the govt. AIKMS members from Punjab and UP participated in significant numbers. Nearly three thousand peasants participated in the March which started under the heavy downpour.

The peasants exposed the ‘historic’ betrayal of the Prime Minister who has claimed that he has fulfilled his poll promises on MSP, by raising Black Flags and shouting – Modi ka MSP Dhokha Hai. Central Government had promised the peasants fifty percent profit on comprehensive cost (C2 – as mentioned in Swaminathan Commission report) has adopted the same formula of A2 + FL by which Manmohan Singh Government had fixed MSP for crops.

Two Bills for Farmers’ Freedom From Debt and Guaranteed Remunerative Minimum Support Prices, prepared by AIKSCC (a co-ordination of 200 peasant organisations) and were scheduled to be tabled in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha today. The peasants also declared their No Confidence in Modi govt because of the betrayal.

While the Govt has restricted announcement of MSP to only 14 crops the peasantry has been demanding MSP for all crops including fruits and vegetables and Milk amongst other agriculture related produce.… Read More

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FINDINGS OF THE FACT FINDING TEAM ON THE THOOTHUKUDI POLICE FIRING

The press note issued by the team consisting of leaders of IFTU, AIKMS and POW after the team visited Toothukudi on May 29, 2018 is being published here. This press note has been released by the team at the press conferences held at Vijayawada (AP), Hyderabad (Telengana) and Chennai (Tamilnadu). – Editor
On 22-05-2018, a demonstration of about 50000 people before the Collectorate in Thoothukudi, Tamilnadu opposing the expansion of Sterlite company was fired upon by the police killing 11 persons and another two were killed in a similar fashion the next day bringing the death toll to 13. In order to check the veracity of various versions on this grave incident of national importance and find out the real facts, a Fact Finding Team(FFT) was constituted jointly by the Indian Federation of Trade Unions(IFTU), All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha (AIKMS) and the Progressive Organisation of Women(POW), AP. The FFT members, J.Chalapathi Rao,Vice-President, AIKMS, P. Prasad, Secretary, IFTU and Lakshmi,General Secretary of POW, AP visited Thoothukudi on 29-05-18 along with two advocates of TN, Prabhaker and Jyothi and PUCL organizer Sampath. The FFT was helped by the NDLF in organizing the programme.The FFT met families of those killed and the injured.… Read More

AIKMS Peasants

AIKMS Supports Maharashtra Farmers Protest March from Nasik to Mubai

Farmers led by AIKS have launched a massive pad yatra of 173 kms from Nasik to Mumbai to gherao the state assembly today demanding waiver of all agricultural loans and electricity bills and declaration of MSP of 50% higher than the comprehensive cost of production as per the recommendations of Swaminathan Commission. They have also raised other demands of implementation of Forest Rights, PDS, pension amongst others. More than 40,000 farmers are marching in protest.

The NDA govt at the centre and the Fadnavis govt. in Maharashtra had promised to fulfill the above demands, doubling of farmers’ income along with Ache Din, Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas. But the Union Budget has made no allocations to fulfill these. They have only announced that they are already giving a MSP of 1.5 times the cost, which is a total lie.

Already in June 2017 Maharashtra peasants blocked highways and stopped supply of milk, vegetables and fruits to the cities as a protest against losses. At that time the BJP govt. made promises to solve the problem, but it has done little. Lofty announcements notwithstanding, it has allotted meager Rs 4800 cr for loan waiver and that too with several impractical preconditions.

More than 18000 peasants are committing suicides in the country every year due to high cost of inputs and low prices of crops.Read More

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AIKMS Statement on Union Budget 2018-’19

Union Budget presented by Arun Jaitley has failed to address agricultural distress and rising rural unemployment in the country. It is full of lies and and false claims, a “Hindutwa” privelege of RSS/ BJP.

The peasant crises particularly intensified with every step to liberalize the economy and hand over controls over input supplies and purchase, storage and agro processing of crops to MNCs and corporates and winding up of govt. agricultural securities and welfare.

It resulted in steep rise of fuel prices, winding up of input subsidies, reduced maintenance of irrigation and other infra and then GST and Demonitization ruined small agricultural traders and peasants, leading to huge losses, rising indebtedness, increase in protests and firing  and repression on them by BJP govt.

Anti Pakistan propaganda of RSS/ BJP not withstanding, it must be highlighted that as on 29, January, 2018  Petrol and Diesel prices in India are the highest in the sub continent. Petrol per litre costs Rs 76.16 in India while it is Rs 46.92 in Pakistan, Rs 41.27 in Afghanistan, Rs 52.94 in Srilanka, Rs 68.00 in Bangladesh and Rs 56.31 in Bhutan. Diesel cost per litre too shows similar trend. It is Rs 66.51 in India, Rs 51.74 in Pakistan, Rs 42.18 in Afghanistan, Rs 39.29 in Srilanka, Rs 49.66 in Bangladesh and Rs 51.95 in Bhutan.Read More

AIKMS Peasants

AIKMS Statement on Economic Survey

Economic Survey released by the govt. fails absolutely to provide answers for declining peasant incomes, rising agricultural crises and rural unemployment in India. Its recommendations further the same policy initiatives that are aggravating this crises by promoting corporate and MNC penetration and income from Indian agriculture.

It recommends promotion of export markets and ignores the crying need to rejuvenate home markets by increasing income & purchasing power of peasants and rural labour. It pretentiously pats the govt. for ‘increasing’ Mnregs expenditure which actually less than the earlier peak, it also fails to question abysmally low wages, delayed payments, poor coverage and rampant corruption.

It identifies the rising levels of share cropping, now on 35% of agricultural land and talks of land consolidation to help use of precision technologies and mechanization, but ignores completely the task of progressive land reforms, giving land to the poor and ensuring that small holdings become economically viable. It is geared to promote contract and corporate farming by consolidating small farm plots which will further uproot small farmers from even this meagre means of livelihood.

It attacks ‘untargeted subsidies’ in power and fertilizer which will only mean a substantial rise in rural power tariffs and further stiffening of fertilizer costs.Read More

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AIKMS Condemns Firing on Peasants in Maharashtra

Central Executive Committee of All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha, AIKMS has condemned the Maharashtra govt. for firing with pellet guns on peasants of Shevgaon in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra yesterday grievously injuring two farmers. Firing on patriotic farmers is an anti national act and AIKMS has demanded immediate arrest of all guilty officials

AIKMS has also called upon all farmer bodies to come out in protest against the anti peasant, pro corporate policies of the Modi led BJP-RSS govt. which is hell bent on ruining peasant’s income to help companies earn more.

The peasants of Maharashtra have been demanding Rs 310 per quintal while the state govt. is adamant to pay only Rs 250. The Central Govt. has declared a Fair and Remunerative Price, FRP of Rs 255/q which is about the average cost of production for sugar cane in Maharashtra. BJP had earlier demanded Rs 340/q as price of sugarcane, but is again betraying the peasants.

While the cost of cultivation has continuously risen due to high cost of diesel, fertilizer, seed and insecticides, sugar cane prices have remained almost stagnant for last few years.

In Maharashtra and Karnataka mills claim that they will initially pay FRP and later on after 70% realisation of sugar sale and 5% realization of sale of by-products, they will calculate how much more they will pay.Read More

AIKMS Peasants

Join Peasants’ March to Parliament on 20th November 2017

Waive all loans of Peasants and Agricultural Labourers

Fix MSP at 1.5 times the cost of Production

Liberalization, Privatization, Globalization have led to Costly Inputs, Falling Rates, Indebted Peasants, Hungry People

Friends,

Agriculture is in deep crises. Input costs and rates of crops are against the peasants and in favour of companies. The “Green Revolution” model of agricultural development has favoured imperialist companies. PM Modi had promised to double farmers’ income in 5 years, waive their loans and make MSP 1.5 times the cost of production as per recommendations of Swaminathan Commission. Centre announces MSP of only 24 crops but this year it has announced MSP for 19 Kharif crops. Out of these the MSP of 9 crops is less than the Govt. assessed cost of production of those crops. BJP-RSS govt. is reneging on its 2014 election manifesto and promises.

Some states announced some loan waivers under pressure from peasant movements, but the central declarations were against these waivers. The Govt. says it does not have money for loan waivers and subsidies. If that is done the banks will suffer losses. But it has put Rs 10 lakh crore worth of corporate loans under NPAs which will not be recovered.… Read More

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AIKMS Condemns Police Firing on Peasants in Gujarat

CEC AIKMS has condemned police firing and tear gas lobbing on farmers protesting peacefully against a custodial death in Dahod, Gujarat. One farmer was killed and several others injured in the firing.

AIKMS has called for registration of separate FIRs of custodial killing and firing on unarmed protestors and arrest of persons involved in both the incidents. It has also demanded a judicial enquiry into both as is mandated by law.

 The police have registered a case of murder, section 302 and abetment, section 114 against 5 policemen while wrongly charging the victim peasants with a rioting case against 400 persons. The peasants were only demanding enforcement of law and it is the police which is responsible for the incident. None of the policemen has been arrested even though there is no way they could run away without depositing their arms.

AIKMS has also called for political will across the board to ban lawless actions of police force and strong administrative/ legal actions against such anti farmer, undemocratic, illegal actions by law enforcers. It has demanded measures to make police persons abide by the law. While govt. policies of ‘development’ are harming the people and undermining the peasantry’s ability to survive, the govt.Read More

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AIKMS Team Visits Mandsaur, Supports Peasants’ Struggle

AIKMS CEC delegation consisting of President Com. V Venkatramaiah, Vice President, Com. JV Chelapathirao, Com. Dattar Singh CEC member from Punjab and Com. Dharampal Singh, CEC member from UP visited Mandsaur district in Madhya Pradhesh on June 21, 2017. The team visited 7 villages – Pipliya Chonpet, Badkerapant, Pipliya Mandi, Richa, Buda, Chilo Pipliya and Tekaravad and talked to a wide cross section of peasants.

The delegation also met the families of the martyrs Abhishek, Dinesh Patidar in Badkerapant, Kanhaiyalal Patidar in Chilo Pipliya and Poonam Chand at Tekaravad, paid homage and consoled the families. In Richa village it met Ram Singh and Joginder Singh who were seriously injured in the police firing.

The team concluded that peasants of this area are facing serious economic crises. The immediate cause of unrest was rapid and drastic fall of prices of all agricultural produce to just half or one fourth of its earlier price. With input costs increasing year after year, the peasants have become deeply indebted. For this reason suicides of farmers also are continuing.

Instead of solving these problems, the govt of Shivraj Singh Chauhan allowed a section of goons and local businessmen to attack the peacefully protesting farmers and then, when the farmers tried to intensify their agitation the police fired straight on their bodies with the intention to kill.… Read More