Opinion: Why are the Farmers in Maharashtra Upset?

The farmers in Maharashtra are upset and have marched from Nashik to Mumbai in number to put their demands in front of the Government of Maharashtra, to suit their survival. The movement is being led by All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS), which is known to be a farmer organisation and is directly affiliated with the left party i.e. CPI(M). Currently, thousands of farmers are camping in Azad Maidan and are planning to gherao the state assembly. It must be mentioned that thousands of farmers marched during the godly hours of the night into Mumbai so that they could avoid obstruction of traffic during the day. Not only this is quite commendable but also it has won the hearts of the people of Mumbai. Now let’s have a look why are the farmers have marched into Mumbai!

The Demands of the farmers

The farmers are demanding to have the complete waiver of their farm loan and electricity bills. Also, they are demanding to have the better prices for crops, looking for the pension scheme, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations on minimum support price and proper implementation of laws that would govern the forest produce.

The Maharashtra Gov waived the loan last year, then why the march?

The Maharashtra Government had waived off the loan amount of Rs. 34022 Cr for 89 lakhs farmers in the state, under the loan waiver scheme. But then, not all the farmers were eligible to enjoy the step of the government. They termed it as ‘patchy’ and less than half of the targetted farmers were offered the scheme, that too after more than six months after the loan waiver scheme was implemented. The farmers are demanding to have the uneven scheme, with a complete waiver of the loan and on unconditional demands.

Why are the farmers of Maharashtra affected?

Due to unpredictable weather and poor rainfall, the crops have been destroyed to a huge extent. And because of this, it has been a negative agricultural growth in the state of 8.3% for the financial year 2017-18 (Economic Survey of Maharashtra showed the equation).  This led to the decreased production of food-grains, pulses and cotton crops.

Other factors that hampered the condition are droughts, inadequate pricing policies and poor water management. The production of cereals, pulses, oilseeds, and cotton is expected to decrease by 4 percent, 46 percent, 15 percent and 44 percent, respectively. And the alarming situation is, nearly 37% of the villages might be termed ‘drought-affected’ because of the very low corp production.

Government’s Stand?

The Fadnavis Government is ready to have talks with the representatives of the marching groups. The government has already decided to form a six-member committee to solve the situation at the earliest.

Is there politics behind the March of the Farmers?

It can’t be denied that the farmers of Maharashtra are deeply affected and the crisis is worse. But then, it also can’t be denied that there is ‘non-political’ agenda behind the march. The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) is supporting the movement, which is, not to mention, is affiliated to the left party CPI(M). Not only this, the problem is the wound that could severely affect the Modi government, least could be said because the problem is genuine and not being made by any party. So, the opposition would be trying to cash it out. Almost all the parties sitting in the opposition, are supporting the movement.

Having said that, one thing is genuine, the tears in the eyes of the farmers and the Center shouldn’t neglect it.

(Featured Image Courtesy: Theworldnews.net)

(News Input from The Economic Times)

                         Also Read: Assam: After Floods, Farmers Commit Suicide

 

 

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