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Farmers hold rally in Shimla, submit memo to CM

The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-affiliated State Kisan Sabha on Tuesday staged a rally outside the Vidhan Sabha and submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister.

The farmers are demanding an immediate check and end to evacuation of agricultural land of tillers by the government. “We expect serious efforts by the government in checking the wild animal, especially the monkey menace, and solving the problem of stray cattle,” said State Kisan Sabha secretary and MLA Rakesh Singha and president Kuldeep Tanwar.

They also demanded a support price for milk producers. Farmers get just ₹16 or ₹17 for a litre of milk but bottled water is available at ₹25 per litre in the State, they alleged. Successive Congress and BJP governments have done nothing to solve the problems of farmers. The Jai Ram Thakur government that had made huge promises has also not done anything concrete so far, they alleged.

The Modi government, instead of addressing farmers’ issues, is dividing people on caste and religious lines, said Biju Krishanan, joint secretary of the All India Kisan Sabha. The government has been exposed by the CAG in its farm insurance scheme in which some corporate houses have been benefited, he said. The Kisan Sabha would obtain at least 10 crore signatures on the anti’-agrarian policies of the incumbent government, he added.

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