Farmers Set Up ‘Kisan Sansad’ To Formulate Loan Waiver ‘Bill’
“Sirf hungama khada karna mera maksad nahi, meri koshish hai ki ye surat badlni chahiye”.
This famous ghazal by Dushyant Kumar was recited by Pooja More from Beed, Mahashtra during ‘Kisan Mukti Sansad’ in Delhi. It loosely translates to "I don't want to make empty noise, I want to force real change."
They had just two demands – farm loan waiver and that Minimum Support Price (MSP) should be 1.5 times the cost of their produce.
Speaking to The Quint, Pooja More said:
Similar stories were heard from other farmers who had come to Delhi to participate in this ‘Parliament’. Kulsumben from Gujarat lost her 8 acres of cotton produce due to untimely rainfall.
The ‘session’ was presided under the leadership of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC). They formulated various ‘Bills’ related to farmer issues during this ‘session’ that can be presented to the government.
Speaking exclusively to The Quint, the national President of Swaraj India, Yogendra Yadav said:
In 2015, there were 12,602 farm-related suicides. Of these, 8,007 were farmers while 4,595 were labourers that worked on other’s farms.
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