Delhi

‘Kisan Ki Loot’ campaign launched

Farmers’ losses exceeded ₹2 lakh crore this current crop season, claimed the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) at a press conference held here on Thursday.

The committee, which launched the ‘Kisan Ki Loot’ campaign, also announced a ‘first of its kind’ mass gathering of farmers from across the country in the Capital on November 20 to press the government for acceptance of its demands.

“Full remunerative prices as legal entitlement with correct cost estimations and at least a 50% profit margin over the cost of production for all farmers and commodities is our main demand, in addition to a demand for freedom from debt,” said AIKSCC leaders

A coalition of over 180 farmers’ organisations, the AIKSCC is a pan-India forum of farmers and farm workers which aims to create a dignified and sustainable livelihood for farmers.

‘Promises broken’

The organisers accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of having failed farmers and breaking his promise of ensuring that Minimum Support Price (MSP) are 50% higher than the cost of production (CoP).

“The government sets the figures for CoP and MSP. There is a discrepancy between those figures and the actual investment of money, labour and time. On top of that, the government does not meet its own MSP figures,” AIKSCC convener V. M. Singh alleged.

The committee also presented data on losses that farmers across the country have suffered. It questioned the credibility of a government which “promised that farmers’ incomes would be doubled when in reality they are facing huge losses”.

“Farmers have already lost ₹ 6,283 crore for seven crops in the kharif season because they did not get the MSP. The estimated loss then is around ₹35,968 crore for the entire season,” said Kiran Kumar Vissa of Rythu Swarajya Vedika.

The committee further added that farmer suicides are a direct consequence of the frustration due to the huge gap in the investment amount and the prices received in the market.

“The government has imposed 10%-12% duty on wheat. Imports take place before crops are ready. Nearly 3.5 lakh farmers did not commit suicides for nothing,” said activist Medha Patkar.

The AIKSCC also launched a ‘Kisan Loot Selfie’ campaign inviting farmers from across the country to click selfies revealing the magnitude of their loss and share these pictures over the next two weeks.

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