Troubles in the agrarian economy continue to remain in focus with over 110 farmer bodies planning a nationwide strike from the June 1 to June 10. The farmers are demanding higher rates for their produce, complete loan waiver, payouts to small farmers that match their income with that of a class four government employee, and lifting the ban on cow slaughter.
The strike has been called by the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh, which is the umbrella organisation for these farmers’ outfits. As part of the strike, farmers have been told to stop selling their produce including milk and vegetables during this period. This comes in the backdrop of a warning by farmers in Gujarat saying that they will resort to violent protests.
The issue began on April 1st when Gujarat Power Corporation claimed possession of 1,414 hectares of land in 12 villages. The villagers say that the land has been unutilized for 21 years and according to the 2013 Act should be returned to the owners. While the government says it has compensated the farmers, many say the land was forcibly taken from them.