Farmer’s Protest on 13th February: MSP is the Key demand

Farmer’s Protest on 13th February: MSP is the Key demand

Farmer’s Protest on February 13th which is tomorrow is set to begin with the slogan “Delhi Chalo”. In the year 2021, the government assured them of the implementation of MSP for crops after which the farmers withdrew their protest.

Farmers protest

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha a farmers’ union group is planning to march to Delhi approximately one lakh farmers will participate in the protest. Even before the Farmer’s Protest was about to begin the farmer’s leaders expressed their anger over the government’s actions of arresting their leader. Though their leader Shiva Kumar Kakka was released the farmer’s group were not happy they said they were not going to participate in the second round of negotiation as a sign of protest against his detention.

Also, Bharatiya Kisan union president Jagat Singh Dhaliwal said the government is arresting leaders, which tells clearly that they don’t want discussions to proceed smoothly. On top of the farmers’ accusations, the Haryana Government has sealed the state border with Punjab at many places using concrete blocks, road spike barriers, and barbed wires to prevent the farmers from entering the national capital. Also, the Haryana Government has suspended Internet services in thirteen districts. On the other hand, Prominent members of the opposition parties like Priyanka Gandhi posted the barbed wires and questioned the government by askingIs laying nails-thorns in the path of farmers ‘Amritkaal’ or ‘Anyaykaal’?”.

But the most surprising reaction to farmer’s Protest for the government came from their party member Subramanian Swamy who questioned “Why is Modi wilfully refusing to accept the modified proposal of Punjab farmers the second time around? Modi cannot expect long to be happy if increasingly the Sikh farmers are not given their due. I have studied farmers’ demand and as an economist, I think they as good for India.” he said through a post on Twitter.

The behaviour of the Government shows that it is not stepping back from Pro-corporate policies as demanded by the common people and farmers. The recent actions of the Government to permit corporate forces and transnational corporations in post-harvest operations in agriculture, further do amplify the farmer’s protest against the Government. The unions have said this will lead to dominance in food production.

Key demand of Farmers

  1. Guaranteed MSP as per the MS. Swaminathan Commission’s formula
  2. Freedom from debt for farmers
  3. Hike Import duties on all agricultural products
  4. cancellation of all free trade agreements and other deals with the World Trade Organisation
  5. No Privatisation of electricity boards
  6. A ban on Foreign Direct Investment and corporatisation in agriculture
  7. A pension for farmers

These are the seven demands of Farmers but the Government’s actions do not show it is willing to solve the issues however to create more issues for farmers. One has to remember this is the same government that said that they will double farmers’ income by 2022.

All this has led to the farmer’s protest which is set to begin tomorrow. The Samuykt kisan morcha said the rural bandh will take place on February 16 from 6 am to 4 pm. In this period “The supply and Purchase of vegetables other crops will remain suspended; all the village shops, grain markets, vegetable markets, government and non-government offices, rural, industrial and service sector institutions and enterprises in the private sector are requested to remain closed as part of farmer’s protest.”

However, the SKM has said to ensure the “passage to emergency services of ambulance or in case of death, marriage, medical shops, newspaper supply, board exam candidates and passengers to the airport.”

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FAQ

1. Who is going to participate in the Farmer’s Protest?

The samyukt kisan morcha, samyukt kisan morcha(non-political), baharatiya kisan union and central trade unions are participating in the protest.

2. What is MSP?

MSP stands for (Minimum Support Price) and is a guarantee given by the government that the farmers will get a fixed price for their crops irrespective of the market situation

3. Did the finance minister announce the privatisation of agriculture?

Crop insurance, financial assistance, and minimum support prices were welcomed by the farmers. However, allowing the private sector in post-harvest tasks like supply chain, modern storage, and primary and secondary processing, has met with severe opposition.

4. What are the Key demands of the farmers?

Key demands are

Guaranteed MSP as per the MS. Swaminathan Commission’s formula
Freedom from debt for farmers
Hike Import duties on all agricultural products
cancellation of all free trade agreements and other deals with the World Trade Organisation
No Privatisation of electricity boards
A ban on Foreign Direct Investment and corporatisation in agriculture
A pension for farmers



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