Farmers’ Anger at Modi Government and his policies

9 January 2018

At Farmers’ Protest in Rajasthan, Anger at Modi Government Policies and State Indifference
BY SHRUTI JAIN 

Farmers protesting at the Krishi Upaj Mandi, Sikar. Credit: Shruti Jain

From the ban on cattle trade for slaughter to the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, the Centre’s changes to the agricultural sector aren’t going down well with Rajasthan farmers.

Courtesy: The Wire: https://thewire.in/176144/farmers-protest-sikar-rajasthan/

Sikar, Rajasthan: Close to 15,ooo farmers have been protesting at the Krishi Upaj Mandi in Rajasthan’s Sikar district since September 1, under the leadership of the All India Kisan Sabha. Their demands include a complete farm loan waiver, implementation of the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission, the withdrawal of the 2017 ban on cattle trade, a solution to the menace of stray cattle and a pension for farmers. The protesters have called for a blockade at the district collectorate today (September 11) to assert their demands.

Several other groups including anganwadi workers, traders and various transportation unions have supported the protest. Close to one lakh people, including a number of young people, have marched in solidarity with the farmers.

“We believe committing suicide is cowardice, but we’ll give our life to seek our demands,” said Amra Ram, a veteran CPI(M) leader from Sikar who is leading the protest. Read more on this at: The Wire: https://thewire.in/176144/farmers-protest-sikar-rajasthan/

Farmers have brought essentials to the protest site, knowing they may be there a while. Credit: Shruti Jain

Sevaram holding up the notice from the magistrate regarding the auction of his property. Credit: Shruti Jain

Farmers hold up a local newspaper. Credit: Shruti Jain

Jayram, a Kisan Credit Card holder, displaying his bank statement. Credit: Shruti Jain

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