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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

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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

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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

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Tribals’ Struggle in Chettupalli Village (Telengana) in Defence of Their Land

Exposing that its electoral promises were totally hollow, the KCR led TRS Govt of Telengana has launched an all out offensive against land being cultivated by adivasis and non tribal poor. The KCR Govt. came to power in June 2014 and 30 months have passed since then. In the election manifesto, KCR promised that the TRS would give 3 acres of land to each adivasi and dalit family by purchasing land. Not even one cent of land has been given to adivasis and distribution of land to Dalit families is farcical. On the other hand the Govt. is evicting the Adivasis and poor non tribals from land they have been cultivating for years together, some for close to four decades. This is when they are entitled to pattas for the land under the Forest rights Act 2006. They are doing this also on land for which the tribals have already been issued patta certificates earlier. This offensive was started last year itself in the name of Harithaharam (Green Belt) and crops over thousands of acres were damaged in the adivasi areas. This year, from February itself, eviction was begun well in advance of the sowing season by digging trenches in the cultivated land using JCBs.… Read More

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AIKMS Statement on UP Loan Waiver

UP state executive committee of AIKMS has criticized BJP giving just partial relief to debt ridden farmers in loan waiver by the BJP govt and backtracking from its promises made during the elections.

BJP had made two loud promises in its election manifesto. One was that all the cropping loans of the small and marginal peasants, i.e. those with less than 2 hectares (5 acres) shall be waived immediately on its assuming office. Second was that all small and marginal farmers shall be given “byaj mukt fasli rin”, i.e. interest free crop loans.

Total crop loan burden of small and marginal farmers was Rs. 62,000 crores. Of his the govt. has waived only Rs 30,729 crores, leaving an Rs 31 thousand odd crores outstanding. This has been done by limiting the waived amount to Rs 1 lac of the loans taken upto 31st March, 2016 and pending till 31, March 2017.

During last rabi crop, due to extreme shortage of cash due to demonetization done by banks on the one hand hardly any KCC loans were disbursed and farmers were put to great distress as their crop could not sell. Now of the total outstanding loans of Rs 62,000 crores, only half the dues have been waived.Read More

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Gujarat Police lobs tear gas, lathichages 5000 farmers for protesting diversion of Irrigation canal water to Big Industry

CEC of AIKMS has strongly condemned lathicharge and tear gas firing on several thousand protesting peasants of Sanand, Gujarat who were marching to Gandhinagar against the govt. having diverted irrigation water for their fields for Sanand industries. Peasants have been left starved for both irrigation and drinking water and their rabi crop is facing severe drought while big corporates draw the  benefit of Sanand canal water being diverted for them by BJP govt. of Gujarat.
While Sri Modi is conspicuous by his silence on the issue his party and the govt. are not only depriving peasants of water meant for them, but also the right to peacefully represent their problems.
On Feb 14 about 5000 peasants began the march on tractors. They were from 32 villages of the area including Veeramgam, Bavla and Sanand. Led by a DSP police stopped them at Nal Sarovar and brutally lathicharged with even women and children being attacked by men in uniform. When they protested tear gas shells were lobbed to disperse them.  The injured peasants are being treated at Sola Civil Hospital. However Ansari has claimed injuries to 7 policemen and none to the civilians. He has taken 20 peasants into custody under various allegations.… Read More