In Pics: Stories From Delhi’s Kisan March Rally
Thousands of footsteps thundered the national capital on Thursday morning as farmers from across the country marched to Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi.
The country is staring at a major agrarian crisis and the marching farmers aim to put the same crisis in spotlight.
Farmers’ rights group are demanding that the Indian Parliament calls for a special session and pass the two bills: the first bill relates to one-time full loan waiver as a relief to debt-ridden farmers. The second bill is a long term institutional measure to ensure farmers are not pushed to indebtedness again.
Their demand is to guarantee remunerative price to farmers as per recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission, that calls for fixing Minimum Support Price at 50 percent above the comprehensive cost of production.
The march has been supported by different contingents like the students for farmers, journalists for farmers, artists for farmers, lawyers for farmers and doctors for farmers. The civil society has come out in solidarity with the agitating farmers.
Frustrated farmers have taken to the streets of Delhi in hopes of a better livelihood. Lakhs of farmers and volunteers are taking the 'Kisan March' to the Ramlila Maidan in the heart of the National Capital.
Farmers from across the country are walking on the roads of the national capital, only to demand basic rights for themselves to be able to facilitate their livelihood. From not being able to feed family to not being able to repay loans, everyone has a story to tell.
Here are some of the faces that marched on Thursday morning to reach the Ramlila Maidan.
‘Youth Support Will Make Farmers Hopeful’
The farmers are demanding the implementation of the MS Swaminathan Committee report, increased minimum support price (MSP).
They also want a special Parliament session to discuss two Bills – Farmers’ Freedom from Indebtedness Bill, 2018, and Farmers’ Right to Guaranteed Remunerative Minimum Support Prices for Agricultural Commodities Bill, 2018.