Farmers in many states including Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, are on the ‘Gaon Bandh’ movement for 10 days. The farmers of seven states are on 10-day protests starting from today, and demanding that the government should pay the minimum support price (MSP) promised as soon as possible.
The National Kisan Mahasang has called for the strike to demand heavy discount on agriculture loan, minimum support price (MSP) for agriculture production and fix the rate of milk at Rs 50 per liter with other things.
Under protest, the farmer will suspend the supply of vegetables and dairy products in the nearby cities for 10 days and protest on the 30 major highways in the country. The national general secretary of RKM Abhimanyu Kohar said, “The farmers will not block any roads, the protests will be peaceful.” Nearly 200 organizations have supported protest”. He said If anyone wants to purchase vegetables and dairy products, they will have to drive to the villages to buy them.
In Maharashtra, vegetables auctioned in Nasik Agricultural Product Market Committees (APMC), but the product volume that reached the market was less in quantity.
In Rajasthan farmers protested and stopped the truck supplying milk and vegetables. Farmers in Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh, Jhunjhunu, Jaipur, Sikar, etc. spread milk on roads and highways. At some places like Chomu in Jaipur, they tried to forcefully shut the market. Agitated farmers have also blocked vegetables, milk and other farm produce on roads and blocked supplies to cities in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.
In Madhya Pradesh, the first day of the strike went peacefully, except for those who wander. However, in Bhopal the supply of vegetable was badly affected and only 30% of the requirement fulfilled in Mandi, which led to a price increase. Protesters spread 100 liters of milk on the road in Betul’s Kodaroti village, 180km south of Bhopal.
Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh (RKMM) national convenor Shiv Kumar Sharma said that the ‘Gaon Bandh’ stir, as the protest has been titled, is being held across 22 states, adding that farmers will not go to cities as they don’t want to create inconvenience to people. He said that on the last day of the stir on June 10, farmers organisations will observe a Bharat Bandh till 2 pm. He also appealed to the traders to join their Bharat Bandh call on June 10 to pay tribute to the six farmers who were killed in police firing in Mandsaur on June 6 last year.
Madhya Pradesh Agriculture minister Balkrishna Patidar on Saturday said that No strike of farmers are taking place in the country. Praising state government’s schemes, Patidar said that farmers are happy with the schemes CM has launched for their benefit. He further added that the farmers have faith on the state and central government.
In Jalandhar, Punjab, in the leadership of Doaba Kisan Sangha Samiti, farmers visited the vegetable market and other places and told the farmers that, do not bring vegetables, fodder or milk in the city till 10th July.