Farmers Organisations have once again highlighted the issue of MSPs in the Mandis and the constant denial by Govt of India.
The prevailing mandi prices for various commodities across India, even as the harvest season for Kharif 2021 is fast approaching, are below the meagre MSPs that the government announced. It is also well-known that most trading is taking place outside the mandis, with the prices offered to farmers being even below the mandi modal prices. It is also well known that the Government of India is using the wrong cost concept for arriving at its MSP announcements, and comprehensive cost C2 is not being used for MSP-fixing formula with a margin of at least 50% over and above C2. It is further well established that cost estimations themselves are arrived at incorrectly, whether A2 or C2, as captured by the Ramesh Chand Committee report. The current situation showcases the plight of farmers of India, as well as the extreme apathy of the Modi government, which continues to turn a blind eye to this situation. SKM reiterates once again that it is high time that Government of India enacted a legislation that guarantees remunerative MSP at C2+50% at least for all agricultural commodities and for all farmers.
Karnataka Chief Minister’s statements about farmers’ movement strongly condemned and need to be retracted
The Karnataka Chief Minister SR Bommai has made objectionable remarks against the farmers’ movement, and called the protesting farmers as “sponsored”. The fact that he said this on the floor of the Karnataka state assembly is all the more condemnable. Samyukt Kisan Morcha has condemned it and demand to retract these derogatory statements.
In Uttar Pradesh, as soon as farmer unions started planning a black flag protest against the Chief Minister during his visit to Sambhal area, police repression began. Many farmers were detained. SKM would like to remind the Uttar Pradesh government of farmers’ right to peaceful protests.
On September 27th 2021, other than Bharat Bandh in India, there are solidarity protests being planned in other countries too. In Britain, on September 25th, there will be a solidarity protest outside India House in London. Meanwhile, in Canada, support for protesting Indian farmers has become an election issue there.
Solidarity protests and Planning Meetings across the Country
In Tamil Nadu, a state level planning meeting was organised today in Erode with more than 65 farmers’ organisations participating, to make the September 27th Bandh in the state a great success.
Yesterday, one such planning meeting took place for Maharashtra, in Mumbai. In this meeting, more than 200 leaders of nearly 100 organisations of farmers, agricultural labourers, organised and unorganised workers, employees, women, youth, students, teachers and other sections as well as eminent citizens from different fields participated.
In Darjeeling district’s Baghdogra, there was a state level planning meeting organised by AIKS and AIKM. On the 23rd of September, there is a Kisan Panchayat being organised in Ghoorpur Sabzi Mandi in Allahabad in which not just farmers and agricultural workers, but river bed sandmining workers are expected to take part.
The Union and state governments run by BJP do know that the solution to the current farmers’ agitation lies in fulfilling the demands of the protesting farmers. Instead of doing so, hoping that some court proceedings will resolve the farmers’ struggle is deeply ironic in the world’s largest democracy.