Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has noted that the central government is falsely claiming to be pro-farmer. Farmers have been protesting for 134 days for today demanding fair prices for crops and rising input cost. The farmers’ union observed that the farmers are in a deep crisis at this time. As and when farmers are not receiving prices for their crops as per the fixed Minimum Support Price the expenditure on farming has increased by multiple times.
According to the notice recently issued by Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Ltd (IFFCO), the Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP) will now be available for Rs 1,900 instead of Rs 1.200. Similarly, the prices of other products have also increased. This increase is a ‘direct attack on farmers as they are forced to buy DAP at expensive prices,’ said SKM. The Union strongly condemns and opposes this move of the government.
IFFCO is one of India’s biggest cooperative societies which is wholly owned by Indian Cooperatives. The cooperative according to its website aims to augment the incremental incomes of farmers by helping them to increase their crop productivity through the balanced use of energy efficient fertilisers; maintain the environmental health; and to make cooperative societies economically and democratically strong for professionalised services to the farming community to ensure an empowered rural India. As SKM observes, the increase in prices is not going to help farmers in any way. The Union has warned the IFFCO and the government that ‘the movement will be intensified if the prices of all products are not reduced.’
Today, on the call of Haryana organisations of SKM, All India Kisan Khet Mazdoor Sangathan (AIKKMS) and All India Democratic Youth Organization (AIDYO) activists on local Rewari bypass protested against the newly enacted “property damage law” of the Haryana government. Similar protests were held in Matanahal, Dujana and Achhej. Farmers burned copies of the anti-people law and demanded the cancellation of this law. The farmers said that ‘this law has been introduced with the objective of crushing the ongoing historical farmers movement. The government wants that no one in the country should raise their voice against the government, no matter how much anti-people work is done by the government. It is an attempt to assassinate democracy that will not succeed.’
Haryana’s youth farmer leader Ravi Azad has got bail today. The Haryana government has been arresting those who talk about farmers and labour rights. ‘But with the rising power of the people, the government has to release them from jail. We warn the Haryana government that such behaviour should be stopped immediately, otherwise the agitation of farmers will become more widespread,’ noted SKM.
On April 10, the Kundli–Manesar–Palwal (KMP) highway will be blocked for 24 hours. Concerning this, preparations are going on at all the Delhi borders. SKM makes it clear that farmers can never disturb or harm any citizen, but the government is ignoring the voice of the farmers. On behalf of all the farmers, we want to assure the common citizens that during the KMP bandh, the citizens will not face any other problem and they will be treated well. At the same time, we urge common citizens to cooperate in this program in honour of the Annadata