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BJP Kisan Morcha plans model workshops

Opposes Bills that are ‘anti-farmer'


Will benefit only a few MNCs

‘Give subsidies to farmers directly'


Chandigarh: The Kisan Morcha of BJP will organise ‘model workshops' across the country from May to pressurise the Centre on issues concerning the peasantry.

A decision to this effect was taken by the two-day national meeting of BJP Kisan Morcha under the presidentship of O.P. Dhankar here.

Addressing reporters after the conclusion of the meeting, Mr. Dhankar said that the morcha was strongly opposed to Seed Bill, Pesticide Management Bill and Biotechnology Authority Bill.

“By these Bills, powers will be with the Centre and it will benefit only a few multi-national companies and State rights will be in the hands of the Centre...all these are anti-farmer steps,” he said.

He alleged that assessment of the cost of production of a crop is generally inappropriate and much below the aspirations of the farmer community. “We will launch a movement against it,” he added.

He attributed the spate in farmer suicides to increase in the cost of inputs with no profit to the peasantry.

He demanded that the farmers should get benefit at the time of natural calamity. “A new law must be enacted to benefit farmers in case of natural calamity,” he added.

He said that the Kisan Morcha activists will visit different mandis to have a first hand account of problems faced by the farmers.

He demanded that subsidies be given directly to the farmers and the role of mediators ended.

He said that the farmers should get money of their produce through cheques with immediate effect.

He also sought a change in Calamity Relief Fund as the present amount given under it was too meagre.

He also expressed concern over reduction in availability of agricultural labourer in the country. “Farmers should get labour at the cost of Rs 170 per day,” he added.

When his attention was drawn to farmers not getting their payments through cheques in Punjab where BJP is an ally of SAD, he said that he would take up the matter with the government. - PTI

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