New Delhi, June 1: The 10-day nationwide strike of farmers, united under the banner of the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh, will begin from today, June 1 and continue till June 10. Demanding better prices of produce, the farmers of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana on Thursday will launch the “Gaon Bandh” (village blockade) agitation and stop supplies of milk and vegetables to cities, as a part of the strike. We will be running live news updates on the 10-day nationwide farmers strike; for the minute to minute update, stay with us.
During the period, no eatables would be supplied from villages to cities in the state. Although the state government has made arrangements to minimise the impact of agitation, cities are set to see a shortage of items like vegetables and milk. “Farmers from northern and central India will not supply vegetables, fruits, milk and other crops from June 1 till June 10. We will not go to cities to supply their produce. Farmers will take a ten-day holiday,” Bhartiya Kisan Union president Balbir Singh Rajewal said.
The strike has been launched to turn the government’s attention towards their demands of minimum income guarantee scheme, implementation of Swaminathan Commission report and waiver of loans.
The farmers in the state of Maharashtra, on the other hand, have called for a strike for a day (June 1). The farmers of Kisan Sabha will gherao the Tehsil office for not fulling their promises they made last year.
“The agitation enjoys the support of more than 150 farmers organisation. Besides, all 50 Panchayats of the state have also announced to fight for the rights of farmers. The government responds to the rightful demands of the farmers with lathis and bullets. June 6 is a black day for farmers. Nothing will be supplied by villages to cities for the next 10 days, neither will anything be brought from the cities during the period,” Chief of Aam Kisan Union Kedar Sirohi told IANS.
Dubbing the farmers’ strike as agitation of the Congress party, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the states has been working for the welfare of the farmers and has taken decisions in their interests.
In the wake of farmers’ protest, local administration of Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, has made elaborate security arrangements so that no untoward incident takes place. In Neemuch region of Madhya Pradesh, section 144 has been imposed for security reason. Police are installing CCTV cameras on roads and police personnel are being deployed outside milk plant so that the regular services are not disrupted. Some farmers have also been made to sign surety bonds that asks them to ensure that they would not indulge in violence.
With agency inputs