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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

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Convention against Polavaram Held Successfully

A national level convention against Polavaram was held on 24th Nov 2016 at the Conference Hall of the Tribal Museum in Odisha’s  Koraput town. Over 170 delegates from different states affected by this mega project along with leaders of different anti-displacement movements of Odisha attended the convention. The convention unanimously demanded to stop pro-corporate Polavaram project and urged the people to intensify the people’s struggle against it.

Inaugurating the convention, eminent academician of Odisha Prof. Bijaya Bahidar said that it is a historical event which has brought all the democratic, progressive and struggling activists of different states in one platform to protest against this so called national project. He said both the AP and Central Govt. are trying to complete this project at the earliest possible time only to serve the interest of different industrial houses based on the coastal corridor by pushing lakhs of people mainly tribals into displacement. In their desperation to carry out this anti-people project at any cost they even violated the PESA Act and Forest Right Act, 2006. Though hundreds of villages of Odisha and Chhattisgarh are going to be submerged by this project but no Gramsabhas were conducted prior to its construction and in AP also Gramsabha was done only in pen and paper.… Read More

AIKMS Peasants Press Release

OPPOSE commercial GM Mustard, DMH-11 is surrender before MNC Seed-Pesticide Lobby, Bayer, Monsanto

Central Executive Committee of AIKMS has filed objections on behalf of Indian farmers against the Central Govt.’s plan to release GM Mustard Seed, DMH – 11 for commercial use. It has appealed to the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee, GEAC to withdraw the plan as it will be disastrous for Indian agriculture. The GEAC set up by the Supreme Court had asked for objections to be filed by October 5 and the issue is to come up before the Supreme Court later this month.

AIKMS questioned the main claim of GM that it will increase production by 20 to 25% and reduce import bill on edible oils as deceptive as the timely provision of traditional seeds, fertilizers and irrigation and profitable sale will itself drastically increase production without burdening farmers with high cost of DMH-11. While it may reduce import bill of the govt, it will increase farmers’ dependence on MNC Bayer for seeds, fertilizers and insecticides, raise input costs and indebt them. The main reason for shortfall in oilseeds and pulses in India is inadequate govt. support to farmers, reduced under WTO guidelines.

The disastrous affect of Bt Cotton promoted by Monsanto is a pointer to the failure of this technology.… Read More

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AIKMS Statement on Supreme Court Verdict on Singur

AIKMS Central Executive Committee has welcomed the Supreme Court verdict on Singur land acquisition, annulling the acquisition of 997 acres on grounds of lack of proper procedure and ordering the land be returned to the cultivators and owners. Though the judgement has not clarified how the sharecroppers and other dependents will be compensated, it has said that all 83% owners who took compensation will not have to return it and the remaining owners will be compensated for not having enjoyed possession their land for last many years.
CEC has demanded that since the entire acquisition process has been held to be illegally conducted and invalid, the state govt should immediately pay compensation to all the share croppers, landless workers and other dependents on this land for 12 years as they all depended on it for their living.
CEC, AIKMS also demanded that all financial burden of this should be recovered from Tatas.
The judgement squarely exposes the nefarious and illegal method in which farm lands are being acquired by ruling class parties to serve interests of corporate profits including of foreign exploiters, as against the interests of Indian people. It questions acquisition “of agricultural land under emergency clause for industrial projects of private companies”.… Read More