New Delhi, June 2: As the ongoing farmer’s strike entered day 2 on Saturday, the prices of vegetable have soared high in Delhi-NCR. Speaking to ANI, vendors at Okhla vegetable market in the national capital claimed that prices have shot up due to 10-day country-wide farmers’ protest. Wholesalers and traders also asserted that the supply of vegetables has gone down by almost 75 per cent, following the agitation.
On Friday, thousands of farmers from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana started a 10-day nationwide strike under the banner of Kisan Ekta Manch and Rashtriya Kisan Maha Sangh demanding waiver of loans, right price for their crops and implementation of recommendations of Swaminathan Commission. (Also Read: Protest Turns Violent in Jaipur, Police Resort to Lathicharge)
The two organisations represent 172 farmer bodies. Balbir Singh Rajewal, president of Bharat Kisan Union also said that farmers have been told not to send supplies to cities but can sell in villages. He blamed the Central and state governments for not preventing farmer suicides and for not implementing minimum income guarantee scheme and recommendations of Swaminathan Commission report.
The report said several farmer unions have called for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ this Sunday which would impact states like Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
Earlier on Friday, farmers’ strike took an ugly turn in Jaipur when clashes erupted and the police had to resort to lathicharge, said media reports. Hundreds of protesting and sloganeering farmers were hit and many resorted to throwing vegetables at police personnel.
Following the country-wide protest, Agriculture Secretary S K Pattanayak said many of their issues are local in nature and the Centre will take it up with respective state governments.
“Many issues are local in nature, which need to be tackled locally. We will take it up with the respective state governments. So far, we have not received any representation (protesting farmers’ bodies). Media is highlighting. We are conscious of it and we are sensitive to the needs of the farmers,” the minister said. Furthermore he added that his ministry will definitely look into the issues which required to be addressed by the central government.