State Kissan Tehrik stages protest

On the call of All India Kissan Mahasangh, a national platform for various groups of farmers’ organisations, the Jammu and Kashmir Kissan Tehrik observed a day-long protest in favour of their demands.
State Kissan Tehrik stages protest
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On the call of All India Kissan Mahasangh, a national platform for various groups of farmers' organisations, the Jammu and Kashmir Kissan Tehrik observed a day-long protest in favour of their demands.

The farmers of the Jammu and Kashmir are demanding complete waiver of farm loan, loan at minimum interest @ 4%, implementation of recommendations of MS Swaminathan report, legal provision guarantying minimum support price, provision of pension to farmer and farm labourers up to Rs 5000 per month, Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the dependent in case of death of the farmers due to snake bite, four times compensation to the affected farmers of ring road besides other demands.  

While addressing the farmers, Kishore Kumar, president, Jammu and Kashmir Kisan Tehrik said that rise of 42% in the number of farmers' suicide during 2014-15, one in every 30 minutes, and the large number of hunger deaths in different parts of the country, instead of implementing its poll promise of minimum support price as per Swaminathan Committee recommendations, the BJP government meets farmers' demands of MSP and loan waiver with bullets and killing as was witnessed in Mandsaur in Madhya                                Pradesh. 

He further said that at the same time, bad loans of willful corporate defaulters amounting to more than Rs 1.91 lakh crores were written off during three financial year of Modi regime, FDI and corporatization of agriculture through contract forming are being pursued with insurance companies profiteering in the name of crop insurance, large scale displacement and dispossessing of rural poor is taking place through forcible land acquisition without proper rehabilitation and resettlement. 

He strongly demanded implementation of Swaminathan Report, complete waiver of farm loans, grant loan on minimum interest rate of 4%, and pension at Rs 5000 per month. 

Banarsi Dass, senior leader of the organization expressed his dismay over miserable plight of farmers of Jammu and Kashmir who, he said, are suffering a lot due to the anti-farmer policies of present government.

Others who spoke on the occasion were Sewa Ram Bhagat, SP Kesar, Om Parkash, Subedar Bawa Ram, Mandev Singh and others. 

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