Agrarian crisis: Farmers’ protest continues for 2nd day

NEW DELHI: Farmers’ protest against agrarian crisis continued for second day here on Tuesday. Farmers from across the country assembled at Parliament Streetin support of their twin demands of ‘freedom from debt’ and ‘guaranteed fair and remunerative prices for all farm produce’. They said these two measures would be important to end the existing agrarian crisis in many parts of the country. The farmers on Monday held ‘Kisan Mukti Sansad’ (farmers’ liberation parliament) at Parliament Street where they presented two ‘bills’ by Swabhimani Paksha leader and sitting MP Raju Shetty and former MP Hannan Mollah on behalf of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC). Shetty has joined the Committee after leaving ruling alliance of Maharashtra government. These ‘bills’ will be introduced in Parliament during the forthcoming winter session as private member's bills by Lok Sabha member Shetty and CPM leader and Rajya Sabha member K K Ragesh. The farmers during their ‘Sansad’ spoke about farmers of Mandsaur where six of them killed in police firings and also about farmers of Yavatmal who died due to pesticide poisoning. A large number of women farmers, including widows and daughters of the farmers who committed suicide in different states due to farm distress, also organised a separate all-women Parliament at the protest site on Monday. They extended their support to the AIKSCC which is an umbrella group of over 150 farm organisations from 25 states. They all have joined hands to work unitedly to secure for all farmers their twin demands.

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