Agitating farmers from across the country reach Jantar Mantar

Agitating farmers from across the country reach Jantar Mantar

Parliament March from Ramlila Maidan demanding MSP and one time loan waiver

New Delhi : Agitating farmers from across the country have reached Jantar Mantar from Ramlila Maidan under the banner of All India Kisan Sangharsh Cooridnation Committee (AIKSCC) this morning demanding Minimum Support Price and one time loan waiver.

Farmers from different states - Odisha, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, etc have gathered under the banner of AIKSCC.

Terming the present Modi regime as the most anti-farmer govt ever, they stated that "Kisan Mukti March" is for the 'Mukti' or liberation of farmers from the spectre of suicides, from various forms of exploitation propagated by the state and from organised loot and plunder. "We are not alone in this struggle, the nation stands with us. Students, artists, lawyers, doctors, all sections of society have extended it's support and solidarity to the marching farmers."

On Thursday, the first day of the Kisan Mukti Morcha, Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav led farmers through a footmarch of 26 kilometres. The march started at Outer Delhi's Bijwasan culminating at the Ramlila Maidan.

Before this, welcoming the farmers from all over the country, the Delhi Dehaat Morcha of Swaraj India had facilitated their stay in Delhi.

The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee has demanded that the Parliament call 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.

The demand is to guarantee remunerative price to farmers as per recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission, that says to fix MSP at 50% above the comprehensive cost of production, C2.

"The march has been supported by different contingents like the students, journalists, artists, lawyers and doctors. The civil society has come out in solidarity with us," they added.

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