Govt in­vites BKS lead­ers for talks af­ter farm­ers de­cide to step up stir

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htraj@hindustantimes.com

TIME TO BAR­GAIN Talks un­der­way at the time of fil­ing of re­port; state BJP pres­i­dent hope­ful of ‘pos­i­tive re­sults’ The talks with farm­ers will yield pos­i­tive re­sults. Chief min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje is a well­wisher of the farm­ers

a bid to end the im­passe, the state govern­ment on Mon­day called the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) lead­ers for talks.

The govern­ment de­ci­sion comes af­ter the BKS, an or­gan­i­sa­tion of farm­ers, de­cided to call for bandh of grain mar­kets, demon­stra­tion on roads, court­ing ar­rests and boy­cotting min­is­ters in their ar­eas through­out the state from Tues­day.

The talks were un­der­way at the time of fil­ing of re­port. “BKS lead­ers held talks with en­ergy min­is­ter Push­pen­dra Singh, co­op­er­a­tive min­is­ter Ajay Singh and ir­ri­ga­tion min­is­ter Ram Pratap and it is still on,” said BKS gen­eral sec­re­tary Kailash Gan­doliya. State BJP pres­i­dent Ashok Parnami said the talks with farm­ers will yield pos­i­tive re­sults. Chief min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje is a well-wisher of the farm­ers, he added.

Un­der the ban­ner of BKS, the farm­ers started their ag­i­ta­tion at all the divi­sional head­quar­ters on June 15. In Jaipur, farm­ers or­gan­ised a ma­ha­padao (sit-in) at Mansarovar. On Thurs­day, the BKS sub­mit­ted an 11-point mem­o­ran­dum to the chief min­is­ter through the district ad­min­is­tra­tion. Farm­ers said they are not get­ting the cost of their pro­duce and are in debt.

They said their pro­duce is not be­ing pur­chased on the min­i­mum sup­port price and they are not get­ting wa­ter or elec­tric­ity, which the govern­ment had promised dur­ing elec­tions. The farm­ers are de­mand­ing loan waiver and min­i­mum sup­port prices for their pro­duce. Among other things, they are de­mand­ing ware­houses at each pan­chayat head­quar­ters, 24×7 elec­tric­ity sup­ply dur­ing sow­ing sea­son and ad­e­quate rep­re­sen­ta­tion of farm­ers in district com­mit­tee meet­ings dis­cussing agri­cul­tural is­sues.

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Farm­ers throw onions on a road dur­ing a protest in Jodh­pur. They said they are not get­ting cost of their pro­duce.

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