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Aug

9 Demands for Farmers for August 9th – AIKSCC

  1. Repeal the Anti-Farmer Ordinances Promulgated: All the three ordinances issued on 05.06.2020 viz., a) Agricultural Produce, Commerce and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance 2020; b) The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance 2020; and c) Essential Commodities Act (Amendment) 2020 should be repealed immediately. These Ordinances are undemocratic and have been brought in under the cover of Covid-19 and national lockdown. These are anti-farmer and will only result in reduced crop prices for farmers and undermine seed security even further. These will also result in increased food prices for consumers. Food security will be eroded as government intervention is eliminated. These Ordinances promote corporate control of Indian food and farming systems, and will encourage hoarding and black-marketing, in addition to exploitation of farmers. Farmers don’t want “One Nation One Market”. They seek One Nation One MSP.
  2. Ensure that Freedom from Indebtedness is a Statutory Entitlement of All Farmers: Your government should table and pass the Bill drafted by AIKSCC for Freedom from Indebtedness as entitlement of all farmers, – http://aikscc.in/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Freedom_from_Indebtedness-Bill-Mar20-FINAL.pdf. Further, your government should waive the debt borrowed by farmers for Rabi 2019-2020 and issue interest-free loans for Kharif 2020. There should also be a waiver of interest of loans to Self Help Groups and from MFIs and stopping any recovery by the lenders. 
  3. Ensure that Full, Remunerative Prices are a Legal Right of every Farmer: Your government should table and pass the Bill drafted by AIKSCC for Guaranteed Remunerative Minimum Support Prices for all farmers, http://aikscc.in/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Farmers-Right-to-GRMSP-Bill-March25-for-tabling.pdf. This provides and requires that MSP of all agricultural commodities including vegetables, fruits and milk should be declared with at least a 50 per cent margin over the comprehensive C2 cost of production. Your government should guarantee the purchase at this remunerative MSP and also as a legal right of all farmers through various means. Purchasing at a rate lower than the MSP should be declared a criminal offense.
  4. Withdraw the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020: Your government should withdraw the said Bill. It should also waive the electricity bill of farmers, small shopkeepers, small and micro entrepreneurs and small business people as long as the Covid-19 pandemic does not recede. DBT Scheme should not be approved. 
  5. Compensate Farmers for the Losses Suffered this Year: Your government should provide full compensation to farmers for losses of vegetables, fruits, crops, milk and poultry produce due to Lockdown as well as hailstorms and unseasonal rains during February-June 2020. 
  6. Reduce Diesel Prices Immediately: Diesel prices have to be decreased by half immediately. International prices have decreased by 60% since 2014, but the rates fixed by your government have increased twice. 
  7. Increase the Employment Days under MGNREGA: MGNREGA should guarantee at least 200 days of employment under the scheme. Wage rates should be fixed at minimum wages so that agricultural labourers, small farmers and migrant workers who returned back to native places can get work and livelihood support in this crisis period.
  8. Provide Full Food Rations to Every Person in Addition to Cash Support to Households: Food grains produced by the hard work of peasants of the country can be used to ensure that no Indian remains hungry. During the entire period of the corona virus crisis, your government should provide every month 15 kgs of cereals/millets, 1 kg of edible oil, 1 kg of pulses and 1 kg of sugar per unit. Additionally, cash transfers should be arranged for all households for other basic needs to be met.
  9. Protect the Land and Forest Resources of Tribals and Other Farmers – Prohibit Companies from Acquiring Agricultural Land:Government should not uproot farmers tilling the land for over a generation. Forcible planting on forest land in the name of CAMPA Act should be stopped.

Note: In all demands of AIKSCC, the term “Farmers” includes tenant farmers, sharecroppers, women farmers, adivasis, animal-rearers, and landless agricultural workers – even if they do not have a land ownership title.

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