A 13-day agitation was called off by farmers in Sikar and the adjoining districts of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan after the state government decided to waive off debts upto Rs 50,000.The agitation was called off after Wednesday midnight and it was also decided to appoint a committee to study on the implementation of the decision, Indian Express reports. The Rajasthan government in a statement said that the report will be submitted by the committee in a month after studying the process of loan waivers in states like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala.
The talks between both the parties had remained inconclusive on Thursday since the farmer leaders were not ready to compromise on the debt waiver. The cumulative debt of farmers stood at Rs 39,500 crore as of September 2016. At the end of Wednesday’s meeting between the CPI(M)’s All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and a group of Rajasthan ministers, lasting nearly 11 hours, AIKS chief Amra Ram asked the farmers to call off the stir.
Farmers in Rajasthan, who were holding protests seeking the implementation of Swaminathan Commission recommendations and a crop loan waiver called off their stir after a marathon meeting with a group of state ministers late last night. A panel will be set to look into the issue of crop loan waiver, one of the key demands of the farmers. The two sides reached an agreement on 11-point demands following which the farmers decided to call off their stir, according to an official release. On the demand regarding the implementation of Swaminathan Commission recommendations, state agriculture minister Prabhulal Saini said that Rajasthan has implemented 80 percent of the suggestions.
(With PTI Inputs)