A ten-day nationwide protest by farmers began yesterday against the anti-farmer policies and attitude of the current government. Communications in-charge of AICC, Mr. Randeep Singh Surjewala issued a statement in which he pointed out the apathetic attitude of the Modi government.
The farmer’s protest is being held from June 1st onwards demanding a complete loan waiver. The farmers are also protesting the Mandsaur shootings that took place on the 6th of June last year. Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be in Mandsaur to observe the death anniversary of the farmers who lost their lives in the brutal police shooting. Yet, instead of being more compassionate, the MP police has bought 17,000 new batons to handle the protestors.
The failures of the current government have taken a toll on the farmers. Agricultural growth declined to 1.9% between 2014-2018 as opposed to 4.2% during the Congress governments from 2004-2014. Rural Wage Growth went down from 38% in 2014 to 0% in 2018. Sugarcane arrears have increased to over Rs. 20,000 crores and 35 farmers are being pushed to commit suicide every 24 hours.