FARMERS IN NEED OF HELP
Never before the country has witnessed such a massive farmer’s agitation as on last June 1. It is planned to go on till 10 June this year. The agitators are demanding at least 50 per cent profit on their farm expenditures. They need to get seeds, irrigation for the crops, tillage to the lands, crop insurance and proper system for selling of farm outputs. Their debts need to be abolished also.
All these demands are not wrong for the farmers and the government must take all these demands into consideration. But the farmer leaders too need to be practical on this.
The present Madhya Pradesh government and the Maharashtra government are offering various facilities for farmers. The farmer’s organi - sations should be courteous towards these state govern - ments at least. They should also consider the new Karnataka government of HD Kumara - swamy’s promise to waive off the farm loans within 24 hours, for which he is now seeking more time. If the new govern - ment waives off the total farm loan amount of ` 73,000 crore, the state’s half budget amount will be finished. Such problems persist with every state.
Self- esteem and the protec - tion of the interests of the farmers should move simul - taneously. Today, no community is much deprived as the farmers are. According to government data, the average income of farmers is only ` 100 a day. Cutting leave and illness, they hardly get ` 50 a day. Even, beggars in cities collect more than this amount every day.
The middlemen earn three to four times of the farmers whose produces they sell in the market at various levels. It must be made systematic at first. The price cap of the commodities must be implemented throughout the country.
But the way farmer’s representatives are agitating by pouring milk out and throwing vegetables on roads is not a welcome as they may lose their clean image among the common public. In the interest of farmers, such kind of agitations is harmful. The farmers must be united to take help from not only the BJP but other parties also.