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India Farmers' agitation hits several states

Farmers’ agitation hits several states

Sidhu assured the protesting farmers that the Punjab government was sympathetic to their demands and stood shoulder to shoulder with them

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Chandigarh/Mandsaur: Protesting farmers dumped vegetables, milk and other farm produce on roads and blocked supplies to cities in several states as they launched a 10-day agitation to press their demands, including loan waiver and right price for crops.

Farmer organisations also called for the boycott of mandis or wholesale markets in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, leading to fears of shortage and price rise.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government came out in support of the State’s agitating farmers as minister Navjot Singh Sidhu slammed the Centre for ignoring the agriculture sector.

A 10-day long nationwide agitation against the alleged anti-farmer practices of the Union government began on Friday and as part of the protest, the supply of vegetables, fruits, milk and other items to various parts of Punjab and Haryana was stopped.

There was little impact of the agitation in other states but the Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh (RKMM) convenor Shivkumar Sharma claimed in Bhopal that the “Gaon Band’ stir is being observed across 22 states.

Police kept a close vigil in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh, where six farmers were killed in police firing during the farmers’ agitation on 6 June last year.

In his unique way, the cricketer-turned-politician visited village Patto along with Congress MLAs Kuljit Singh Nagra and Gurpreet Singh and bought milk and vegetables from farmers to highlight their significant contribution in the development of the nation.

At some places in Punjab, farmers dumped vegetables and milk on road as a mark of protest.

In Rajasthan, the supply of milk, vegetables and other farm produce were hit in Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh and Jhunjhunu districts, Santveer Singh, a member of the core committee of the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh in the state, said.

He said protests were held in Bikaner, Sikar and Nagaur districts as well.

The farmer organisations have alleged that the central government has failed to address their issues pertaining to low income, farmer suicides and debt.

“We have also been demanding minimum income guarantee scheme, implementation of Swaminathan Commission report and waiver of farmers’ debt,” said Rajewal.

In Maharashtra, farmers took out a protest march in Akole tehsil in Ahmednagar district.

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