Madhya Pradesh farmers protest: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Madhya Pradesh government on Monday constituted a one-member committee headed by retired High Court judge JK Jain to into enquire into the death of 5 farmers during violence in Mandsaur, news agency ANI reported. The committee has been directed to submit its report within 3 months to Madhya Pradesh government. Earlier on Sunday, Chouhan had said that a high-level probe will be ordered to establish who were behind the violence in Mandsaur. “They were definitely not farmers but Shaitan (devils) and haivan (beasts) who tried to defame Madhya Pradesh and they will not be spared,” Chouhan was quoted as saying by The Indian Express. “Can farmers try to set fire to buses carrying women and children or pelt stones at them? Only haivan and shaitan can do that,” he said. Chouhan added that the people who spread violence were criminals and he “wanted to shake their conscience. send a message of peace and convey that violence will not help.” The chief minister, before ending his 28-hour-long fast, also announced a series of measures for farmers, including declaring purchase of farm produce below the minimum support a criminal act.
“Any purchase of farm produce below the minimum support price (MSP), declared by the Centre, would be considered a criminal act in Madhya Pradesh,” Shivraj told a gathering at BHEL’s Dussehra Maidan in Bhopal. Chauhan further added that the agricultural land would be acquired only after the consent of the farmer. The CM, after ending 28-hour long fast, said that he studied 2002 Swaminathan Committee report last night, and has taken several decisions based on its recommendations.
“The state government would establish ‘Kisan Bazaar’ (farmers’ market) within the area under all municipal bodies. We will also adopt system of Amul Dairy Cooperatives to purchase milk in the state,” he said. He also announced that a copy of ‘Khasra’ (land document) would be sent free of cost at the doorstep of the farmers every year. “Now, the farmers will not need to visit the offices for getting the copy of ‘Khasra’,” he added. Five farmers died due to alleged police firing in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur during the protests for better prices for procurement and loan waiver.