Peasants

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Sangrur (Punjab) – Struggle of Dalits for Panchayat land advances facing State Repression

Recently the struggle of Dalits in Sangrur district of Punjab for their share of Panchayat land faced severe govt. repression. This struggle has been continuing for last two years under the banner of Zamin Prapti Sangharsh Committee (ZPSC). On May 24, 2016 Akali-BJP Govt. fired upon and lathi charged Dalits protesting against auction meant to defraud them of their right. In village Ballad Kalan, police action injured a large number of Dalits and police framed false cases against 170 activists, 71 named and others un-named, for having attacked police. It charged them for attempt to murder though no policeman had sustained any injury. This attack occurred on May 24th, on the eve of the anniversary of the famous Naxalbari armed peasant uprising.

Police has arrested several activists. Arrests are continuing. Cases are open-ended, allowing the police to round up whomever they consider the leaders of the movement. Police has seriously clamped down on the area. Movement of the activists is becoming difficult in these rural areas. But the people are determined not to let the Govt. rob them of their share of land and give it to the landlords. Panchayats in the area are controlled by rich landowners, panchayati administration and representatives of the ruling parties.… Read More

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Resolutions from Third All India Conference of All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha (AIKMS)

Resolutions

  1. On compensation for crop damage.

The third All India Conference of AIKMS expresses its grave concern at the serious losses suffered by peasants due to damage to crops on account of inadequate protection from natural causes like drought and floods and havoc caused by companies supplying spurious seeds, fertilizers and pesticides. Such crop damage depresses the conditions of the already crisis ridden peasantry, pushing many of them into destitution and helplessness.

The third All India Conference demands that the govt. must pay full compensation for the entire loss of crops suffered by any number of peasants. No criteria should be artificially fixed to deprive them of this right. This compensation should be paid to peasants, share croppers and agricultural labourers suffering due to damage to crops.

  1. Indebtedness and loan waiver

The third All India Conference of AIKMS expresses its grave concern at the rise of indebtedness in the peasantry and agricultural labour, pushing many of them to suicide. Peasant suicides are continuing in Vidharba, Telengana, Punjab and many other parts of the country, while cases of suicides of agricultural labourers are also being reported. The cause of rising indebtedness lies in the adverse terms of trade with regard to agriculture – rising cost of inputs and absence of remunerative prices, inadequate institutional lending forcing peasants to take private loans.… Read More

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3rd All India Conference of AIKMS at Allahabad from April 2 to 4, 2016

All India Organization of peasants and agricultural labourers is holding its third All India conference at Allahabad (UP) from April 2 to 4, 2016. All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha (AIKMS) was founded in 2000 at a conference at Rajahmundry (AP). AIKMS has influence in 11 states of the country.

All India Conference will be attended by representatives of peasants and agricultural labourers elected at their respective state conferences. Nearly six hundred delegates representing nearly 3 lakh members are expected to participate in the deliberations of the delegate sessions to be held at Mandapam Hall on April 3 & 4.

The delegate sessions will be preceded by a rally of peasants and agricultural labourers which will start from Chandrashekhar Azad Park in Allahabad. The rally will culminate in a public meeting which will be addressed by leaders of AIKMS and others.

Delegate sessions of All India Conference of AIKMS from April 2 to 4 shall be inaugurated on April 3 at 10 am by Retd Justice BG Kolse Patil of Mumbai High Court. Justice BG Kolse Patil is a famous social crusader of Maharashtra. and is a leader of the ‘Lok Shasan Andolan’ based in Pune which opposes SEZs and destruction on environment.… Read More

Peasants Protests

Why are Punjab’s Peasants on the Path of Protest? – Gurmukh Singh

This time in Punjab, especially in Malwa Pati, cotton crops have been destroyed. According to a survey, during the crop season in Narma Pati districts this year, 4.35 lakh hectares of cotton was planted in Malwa area in Punjab. In this, Bathinda had 1.4 Lakh hectares, Barnala had 9000 hectares, Faridkot had 13,000 hectares, Fazilka had 99,000 hectares, Mansa had 85,000 hectares,  Mukhtsar had 72,000 hectares, and Moga had 15,000 hectares of cotton planted.

Till now 70,000 hectares of cotton has been destroyed because of attacks of flies. Either the white flies have destroyed the rest of the cotton as well or there has been very little yield. Most of the cotton is diseased due to the attacks of the insects.

The main reason for the destruction of the crops is duplicate seeds. This was unearthed through two reports which revealed  the scandal of gunda taxbeing taken on behalf of the Agriculture Minister of Punjab.  However, due to the “orbit incident” the scandal wasn’t talked about much in Punjab’s newspapers. Then a seed company was caught giving the Agriculture Minister, Tota Singh, 50 lakh rupees out of the seed profits but this news was also stifled. The other reason is fake insecticides.… Read More