Farmer’s Strike: A Political Drama or A Reality Check!

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The farmer’s strike is spreading across the country. It started in Maharashtra. But Now, agitation has begun in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The farmers had started to revolt because they did not get their loan waivered. Political Parties are also responsible. The strike call coincided with the BJP’s fortnight-long campaign. This was held in samvaad shivar. 10,000 workers spread out across 90,000 booths. They want to communicate the policy reforms of the state and Centre.

Situation in Maharashtra

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While the strike was happening. Political forces are trying to reassert their might. They are trying to counter the electoral consolidation of the ruling BJP in rural Maharashtra. Because BJP is ruling party in Maharashtra. There are many indications. Farmers are facing distress. It is about the power tussle within the party and the opposition. Maharashtra Cheif Minister, Devendra Fadnavis announced Rs 30,000 crore waiver. This is highest ever in Maharashtra.

Farmer’s Demand

The strike held in 36 districts of Maharastra. The strike’s epicenter is confined to districts of Pune, Nashik, and Ahmednagar. The farmers’ organization lead by Kisan Kranti Morcha and political parties demanded a complete loan waiver. They also want minimum support prices at 50% over costs of production. A pension scheme for farmers aged 60 years and above. Interest-free credit, higher prices for milk and fully-subsidized micro-irrigation equipment given to farmers. Hence, Farmers will not commit suicide.

Demonetization effect

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Demonetization of high-value currency was introduced in November 2016, led to the collapsing of wholesale vegetable prices due to a severe cash crunch. forcing many to dump their onion and tomato harvests. farmers were also forced to sell their bumper arhar (pigeon pea) crop at wholesale rates substantially lower than government announced minimum support prices (MSP)—about Rs4,000 per quintal or lower, compared to an MSP of Rs5,050 per quintal. Preceding these events, drought in 2014 and 2015 made the farmers unable to repay their loan. Since then, Farmers are committing suicides.

The state government also declares. But these declarations are not affecting farmers as they want their condition to be uplifted. Now, the time has come when everyone should understand the value of farmers as. India is an agricultural based country. A farmer living a happy life is still a distant dream. This dream should turn into reality very soon.

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