Farm loans of up to Rs 50,000 decided to be waived.
AIKS protests end
State ministers met representatives of AIKS
Sikkar : The Rajasthan government has announced a farm loan waiver of Rs 20,000 crore. The state will waive all farmer loans over Rs 50,000. After the announcement, farmers called off protests in Sikar, which were on for 13 days.
“A high level team of specialists will talk to stakeholders in other states and chart out the process of loan waiver and its impact in Rajasthan,” Agriculture Minister Prabhulal Saini was quoted as saying. He made the announcement after long discussions with the protestors’ representatives began on Wednesday.
“We regret the inconvenience caused to people due to the stir and asked farmers to end the sit in,” said Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLA Amraram, who was among those representing the farmers.
Besides Rajasthan, four states including Uttar Pradesh had announced they would waive farm loans. In August, the Reserve Bank of India had said that such waivers “pose a major fiscal risk over the medium term”. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had also said states writing off these loans would have to generate funds for it themselves, and that the central government would not assist them.
AIKS Congratulated Rajasthan Kisans for Historic Victory!
The peasantry in Rajasthan under the Kisan Sabha banner have won a significant victory after their resolute struggle lasting 13 days. Since 1st September, 2017 lakhs gheraoed the different District Headquarters on the call of Rajasthan Kisan Sabha for a Mahapadav. For 3 days there was also Rasta Roko across the State bringing about 20 Districts to a standstill. Only ambulances and essential services functioned. The peasant movement received unprecedented support from all sections of the society making it a truly people’s movement. The insensitive BJP Government led by Vasundhara Raje Scindia was forced to bow down and accept many of the demands of the peasantry after 13 days of struggle and talks with the Kisan Sabha leadership. The talks went on in 4 phases from 1:00 PM on 12th September and ended on 14th September at 1:00 AM.
The BJP Government was forced to agree to loan waiver of up to RS.50,000/- which is expected to benefit 8 lakh farmers, assurance that State government will write to the Centre seeking implementation of Swaminathan Commission Recommendations on MSP in a time-bound manner by working out modalities, purchase of groundnut, green gram (moong) and urad at MSP at all District Headquarters within 7 days, withdraw hike in electricity rates for drip irrigation, payment of SC/ST/OBC fellowship with arrears immediately, relaxation in restrictions in sale of cattle, protection of crops from stray cattle and wild animals, increase of pension to Rs. 2000/month agreed in principle, insurance claim for failure of canal irrigation and stopping harassment of traders and farmers by the police. After agreement on these issues and on a mechanism to implement decisions AIKS President Com.Amra Ram announced withdrawal of the Mahapadav and reopening of roads that were closed for the last 3 days. Kisans across the State celebrated the victory with slogans, songs and dances.
AIKS thanked all who stood in solidarity with the movement. This inspiring victory shall inspire similar struggles across the country.