1. Farmers protests in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh: BJP governments announce freebies to douse agitation; here’s all you want to know

Farmers protests in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh: BJP governments announce freebies to douse agitation; here’s all you want to know

Farmers protests in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh: BJP governments in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh had announced several measures for farmers in the states respectively to pacify the community.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 12, 2017 8:11 AM
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Farmers protests in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh: BJP governments in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh had announced several measures for farmers in the states respectively to pacify the community. Both the governments felt that these initiatives will douse the ongoing agitation and bring back normalcy. In an unprecedented move, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced the largest ever loan waiver for 31 lakh farmers in the state. On the other hand, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had called off his 28-hour fast at Dussehra Maidan in Bhopal. He announced that government had taken a slew of initiatives for the agrarian community. The CM, who had appealed for clam, said peace had returned in the state following the deaths of farmers in Mandsaur.

Here are key takeaways from Maharashtra government decisions

The Devendra Fadnavis government had announced a historic mega loan waiver scheme which will benefit 31 lakh farmers, according to Indian Express report. Earlier, the ruling dispensation had maintained that they would consider loans of only small and marginal farmers.

The state government had also announced to hike the milk price as demanded by protesting farmers.

It has been learned that total loan of 1.36 crore farmers will be Rs 1.14 lakh crore. The government estimate showed that loan waiver will not exceed Rs 35,000.

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The government, however, will introduce to ensure that genuine farmers get the actual benefits not the big business houses, professionals or politicians who own large parcels of agriculture land, the IE report says.

“The loan waiver is for all farmers and not confined to just small and marginal categories. There will be defined parameters to ensure genuine and needy farmers are not left out of the institutional credit bracket,” CM Fadnavis told Indian Express. He had also annouced that farmers had called of their strike.

Fadnavis had indicated that loan model would be on the lines of decisons taken by the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh and that of in Telangana. “There was an overwhelming response from farmer leaders that loan waiver should be for needy farmers, and not become a medium availed by rich and prosperous individuals or groups at the cost of poor and needy farmers,” he said.

Notably, On June 1, farmers hailing from a village in Ahmednagar district in the state went on strike followed by many farmers groups in other parts, who tried to suspend vegetable and milk supply to Mumbai.

Highlights of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government initiatives

CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan had announce a raft measures after farmers protests rocked the state even as he had sent a strong message saying that a high-level probe would be ordered to reveal those who were behind the Mandsaur violence. “They were definitely not farmers but shaitan (devils) and haivan (beasts) who tried to defame Madhya Pradesh and they will not be spared,” the Chief Minister was quoted as saying by the IE report.

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The state government will set up Kisan bazars in every nagar palika and nagar panchayat. Farmers to sell their produce directly to customers these bazars. CM Chouhan said that this would make brokers redundant and allow farmers to get a better price for their produce.

The government will not allow the sale of any produce below the MSP will not be allowed. In a stringent message, the government has said any violation will be treated as a crime.

The government also promised to buy soybean stored by farmers along with tur, moong and urad till June 30.

Amul pattern of buying milk from farmers at a much higher rate will be followed in the state, according IE report.

The government will set up village knowledge centres. Apart from it, a Rajya Bhoomi Upyog Paramarsh Seva (state land use advisory service) will be started to give timely advice to farmers on crops.

The government had also categorically mentioned agriculture land will not be forcibly acquired for urban schemes.

The government had said that a price stabilisation corpus of Rs 1,000 crore will be constituted. It had announced a commission that will decide fair price after calculating input cost.

The government announced that a settlement scheme to bring loan defaulters under the credit net again to enable them to get interest-free loans, the report says.

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    Apte
    Jun 12, 2017 at 11:00 am
    1. We must reexamine role of Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs). in context of farmers’ agitation for reasonable prices of their produce, At present, most APMCs are inefficient their transactions lack transparency and in general they are a corrupt set-up. They have to be replaced by a more robust marketing set-up wherein deals with farmers will be transparent and they will be ured of a fair deal. The gap between price for farm produce paid by ultimate consumers and the one realised by farmers is too big today indicating that farmers do not get fair prices for their produce and at same time the consumers have to pay a heavy price. This is hardly a satisfactory situation. 2. If the APMCs are replaced by a professional marketing set-up, and if freedom is given to farmers to sell to anyone, there will be less scope for complaints by farmers and they will get opportunities to earn more income. 3. If action is not taken as suggested here, loans will remain a problem area.
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      Mohmed
      Jun 12, 2017 at 10:36 am
      These are not farmers Mr Editor.These are corrupt goondas of Congress and NCP.They had looted the nation for ten years but the people rejected them in 2014.So they will not let BJP bring any reforms.
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