Farm leaders demand alternative legislation to protect interest of farmers | India News

Farm leaders demand alternative legislation to protect interest of farmers | India News

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NEW DELHI: Farmer leaders on Friday demanded for an alternative legislation to protect the interest of farmers. The agitating farmers resolve to intensify their movement outside the Delhi borders that completes three months on February 26 and a stalemate which continues with regard to talks with the Centre.
Sowing season is coming up in the northern states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan from where most farmers have joined the agitation. The agitating farmers at all the borders have decided to take turns at tending to their fields and keeping the dharna alive for as long as they need to keep the movement alive, said AIKS general secretary Hannan Mollah, while addressing media.
“They (government) have not understood the farmers… it is a do or die cause that they are fighting for… also this movement started with only farmers, but from kisan andolan it has now turned into a Jan andolan (farmers’ movement to mass movement)… it is a peaceful movement… they will not return to their lands without a victory,” Mollah said, when asked about the sowing season coming up.
While asking for the three contentious farm laws to be repealed and a legislation to guarantee minimum support price (MSP), the farmer leaders asked the Centre for an “alternative law to protect the interest of the farmers.” This alternative suggested by All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) leaders, put forward a draft model of the alternative law on Friday.
The AIKS model, put forward by AIKS leaders Mollah and Ashok Dhawale on Friday, has demanded that the Centre after consulting all the state governments should bring the law for MSP for all crops with guaranteed procurement to ensure MSP as the right of the farmers.
The state governments should then enact a law with making it essential for the agro-processing industries, trade and market enterprises in the private, public and cooperative sectors “to share the surplus with the respective farmers” to ensure MSP@C2+50%. The present MSP is far less than that recommended by the M S Swaminathan Committee.
Mollah said, home minister Amit Shah had said during a meeting with the farmers that government does not have the money to provide MSP as demanded by the farmers. Hence, we are saying that government should ensure procurement at a minimum price. The government, private corporates as well as cooperatives should share a part of their surplus earning with the farmers or producers.
“It is only farmers who do not tag the price of their products, when all other manufacturers have a price tag that the buyer is mandated to buy at,” he said, adding that this cannot happen.

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