Thousands of farmers from Uttar Pradesh had marched towards the national capital under the umbrella organisation of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (Indian Farmers’ Organization) to raise various farming related demands that they say have not been met by the government.
The farmers were marching on foot from Saharanpur and will be presenting a range of demands before the Narendra Modi government.
In a recent announcement, the Sangh announced that they have withdrawn the agitation after having a positive dialogue with the government.
The agitating farmers said that the government has agreed with only five of their demands but they had given 12 demands to the government.
The 12 demands of the farmers are as follows:
1. Debts of all farmers should be completely waived off
2. Farmers should get free electricity for irrigation
3. Farmers must get free education and health facilities
4. Farmers and labourers must receive a pension of Rs 5,000 a month after the age of 60
5. Prices of crops should be decided in the presence of farmers’ representatives
6. In case of accidental death of farmers while farming, they should be given martyr status
7. The farmers should get benefit of accident insurance scheme
8. High court and AIIMS should be established in western Uttar Pradesh
9. Stray cattle rearers must receive allowance of Rs 300 per day
10. Farmers must be paid the price of sugarcane along with interest on time
11. All contaminated rivers should be made pollution-free
12. Report of the Swaminathan Commission must be implemented
One of the members of the Sangh said that they followed the orders of the Supreme Court and that they didn’t go to Delhi with any tractor nor they were allowed to go to Delhi on foot. He said that they feel the intention of the government is not right.
Vice-President of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Radhe Thakur while quoted by Aajtak.in said that at present, the condition of farmers is miserable and that they are struggling with the economic crisis while the government is sleeping.