New Delhi: As many as 500 farmers from different districts of western Uttar Pradesh will conduct a march to Kishan Ghat in Delhi on Saturday, i.e., September 20 to voice forth their charter containing 15 demands, stated a report. This decision was taken a day after the talks in Noida between Bhartiya Kisan Sanghatan and two senior officials from the Union agriculture ministry did not fructify.
Notably, the farmers began their march on September 11 to raise a number of issues, including the increase in electricity tariff. They have been camping at Transport Nagar in Sector 69 of Noida since Thursday. Some of the other demands of the farmers which have not yet been met are loan waiver, dues from the sale of sugarcane that has to be settled in a matter of 14 days, free education from classes I to VIII for their children, enacting the Swaminathan committee’s report and a separate high court bench for western Uttar Pradesh.
A report by Times of India quoted a farmer as saying, “Before the Lok Sabha elections, the Prime Minister had promised that all loans of farmers will be waived. But this has not happened.” The farmer also noted that certain companies running the sugar mills failed to settle the outstanding amount since February this year, added the report.
Notably, on June 1, the newly constituted government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to extend the PM-KISAN scheme to nearly 14.5 crore farmers. As per the scheme, the government was estimated to spend nearly Rs 87,000 crore a year for the welfare of the farmers. During PM Modi’s first cabinet meeting, the central government also announced a pension scheme of over Rs 10,000 crore for nearly 5 crore farmers, in a bid to fulfill the poll promise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).