The 33rd national conference of the All India Kisan Sabha that opened here on Wednesday came down heavily on the anti-peasantry policies of the Centre and decried the talk of second Green Revolution that would only pave the way for corporatization of agriculture.
Leading the attack from the front, national president of the Sabha S.Ramachandran Pillai said that the agrarian policies of the Manmohan Singh government completely ignored the interests of vast majority of the peasantry and agriculture.
“They are playing only into the hands of the landlords and corporates. Now the Centre is talking about second green revolution whose aim is nothing but corporatization of agriculture. The latest ruse is public-private partnership in which all the policies would be tailored to the needs of the corporates,” Mr Pillai said.
He said that the experience of the Green Revolution was that it had helped only the richer sections and increased the divide between the rich and the poor and let to agrarian crisis. The neo-liberal economic policies pursued by the government after 1990s aggravated the agrarian crisis.
Post liberalization, the seed market was opened up to predatory multinational companies like Monsanto, Cargill, Syngenta etc., and as a result the cost of seeds had gone up. Lashing out at the Centre’s nod for foreign direct investment in retail trade, Mr Pillai said that it would not only endanger food security but also affect the sovereignty and independence of the country.
Elaborating the point, he said that once a foothold is given the multinational companies would decide the crops the peasantry should grow. The passage of legislations such as the Seed Bill and the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority Bill were meant to facilitate the process of take-over of many sectors by corporates.
Former Sabha president N.Sankaraiah said that neither the Congress nor the Bharatiya Janata Party could frame farm policies to improve the lot of peasantry and the working class. In this regard, only a democratic alternative, as was practiced in West Bengal, Tirupura and Kerala, could be of any help to mitigate their sufferings.
Tamil Nadu unit president K.Balakrishnan, MLA, recalled the heroic struggles launched by the peasantry in the State.