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Farmers write to President Mukherjee, demand waiver for loan and power bills

NEW DELHI: Pleading fair price for farm produce, the Shetkari Sanghatana has launched a campaign through which hundreds of farmers have started sending letters to president Pranab Mukherjee demanding loan waiver and waiver of power bills for the farmers to prevent suicides.

The convener of the Shetkari KarjaMukti Andolan (Agitation for the loan waiver of farmers) Vitthalrao Pawar has issued a press release informing that thousands are farmers have sent letters to president in this regard. Pawar informed that the campaign would be continued so that awareness is created among the farmers since every farmer has to submit a pledge with the letter which is printed by the Shetkari Sanghatana. The pledge reaffirms faith of the farmers in one point agenda of getting fair price for the farm produce.

Pawar said that if the government purchases all farm produce from the farmers though marketing federation or Agricultural Produce Market Committees it would take care of the assured income for the m. He added that wrong policies are responsible for farmers’ suicides which has been on a rise in the last one decade. He said that it was farmers who brought the country out from the era of begging and were instrumental for ushering Green Revolution in the country. He said, despite this, farmers were left to opt for suicides and government was creating atmosphere conducive for suicides instead of providing preventing measures.

Pawar pointed out that Dr Swaminathan Committee, in its report submitted in 2005, had recommended for paying price to farm produce which would match fifty per cent more than the production cost for the farmers but it has not been implemented yet. He said that the Swaminathan Committee had recommended this to prevent farmers’ suicides and government has ignored it till date. He said that farmers are committing suicides and those who are laying their lives for protecting the borders are sons of farmers. He said that since state government as well as Union government has failed to prevent suicides, Shetkari Sanghatana has started campaign in which thousands of farmers are sending letters to president Pranab Mukherjee.

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