Madhya Pradesh farmers protests: With situation in Mandsaur still volatile,the new district magistrate Om Prakash Srivastava has said that a review meeting on the situation is on and if the situation was found better than yesterday, new orders will be issued, an ANI report said. “Give me 2 hours, we are holding meeting. If situation is better than yesterday ,will give orders in one or two hours”. he was quoted by the agency as telling the media soon after taking over assuming charges. Following this curfew was lifted or a few hours in select areas.
Earlier in the day, state government transferred the collector and superintendent of police of Mandsaur, where at kest six farmers lost their lives in firing in last couple of days. Srivastava replaced Swatantra Kumar Singh, who has been shifted as deputy secretary Mantralaya. The Shivraj Singh Chauhan government has also transferred Mandsaur SP, OP Tripath, who has been replaced with Manoj Kumar Singh, the agency report added.
Farmers of the state had yesterday resorted to violence and arson even after prohibitory orders were in effect, which has become a major challenge for state administration and also giving an opportunity for Opposition parties to slam the government.
With no sight of calm returning to the area, the Centre had rushed in 1,100 personnel of Rapid Action Force (RAF) in violence hit areas where the farmers have been protesting for better crop prices and loan waiver.
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State government had tried to bring an end to protests by announcing a couple of measures, like a loan settlement scheme for those farmers who had defaulted on repayment of farm loan, which they had borrowed earlier. As per government, the scheme will cover almost six lakh farmers, with combined dues totalling up to Rs 6000 crore, PTI added.