AIKMS has also called upon all farmer bodies to come out in protest against the anti-peasant, pro-corporate policies of the Modi-led BJP-RSS government, which is hell-bent on ruining peasant’s income to help companies earn more. A report in Different Truths.
The Central Executive Committee of All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha (AIKMS) has condemned the Maharashtra government for firing with pellet guns on peasants of Shevgaon, in Ahmednagar district, of Maharashtra, on Wednesday (Nov. 15), grievously injuring two farmers. Firing on patriotic farmers is an anti-national act and AIKMS has demanded immediate arrest of all the guilty officials, stated a media release.
AIKMS has also called upon all farmer bodies to come out in protest against the anti-peasant, pro-corporate policies of the Modi-led BJP-RSS government, which is hell-bent on ruining peasant’s income to help companies earn more.
The peasants of Maharashtra have been demanding Rs 310/- per quintal, while the state government is adamant to pay only Rs 250/-. The Central Govt. has declared a Fair and Remunerative Price, FRP of Rs 255/- per quintal, which is about the average cost of production for sugar cane in Maharashtra. BJP had earlier demanded Rs. 340/- per quintal as the price of sugarcane, but is again betraying the peasants, it was informed.
While the cost of cultivation has continuously risen due to a high cost of diesel, fertilizer, seed, and insecticides, sugar cane prices have remained almost stagnant for last few years.
In Maharashtra and Karnataka mills claim that they will initially pay FRP and later on after 70% realisation of sugar sale and 5% realization of the sale of by-products, they will calculate how much more they will pay.
Sugar mill owners of Maharashtra play a determining role in the formation and policies of the state government and it is unwilling to pressurise them.
The stand-off between the peasants and the sugar mill was continuing and rising for last over one week with peasants in Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur staging road blockades and the police baton charging them.
The present firing took place after SSP Ranjan Kumar Sharma arrested 13 leaders of the Swabhimani Shetkari Sangathan, SSS and the protesting peasants came out in larger numbers. In reaction, the police lobbed tear gas shells and fired with pellet guns, grievously injuring Uddhav Mapari (32 years) and Baburao Dukare (45 years).
To divert attention the BJP is claiming that the protest was not spontaneous but orchestrated by Naxal supporter organisations, without explaining why it is unwilling to fulfill its promise to peasants. It is using pellet guns to repress on farmers, as it has done in Kashmir also, stated the media release.
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