Farmers threaten stir during Vibrant Gujarat summit

By: | Published: December 31, 2014 4:09 AM

PM Narendra Modi wants to replicate the Gujarat model across India but the Gujarat farmer is in a terrible state sagar rabari, farmer...

A day after the Union Cabinet approved an ordinance to amend the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, and ease restrictions including the clause which sought to waive the “consent clause”, and merely days before the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit, the state’s farmers have upped the ante against the state government by threatening to protest during the summit.

“Gujarat has agriculture industry based policies but no policy on agriculture.  The PM wants to replicate the Gujarat model across India but the Gujarat farmer is in a terrible state.  The government is going to spend crores on the Vibrant Gujarat summit when cotton and groundnut farmers of the state are forced to commit suicide on account of high input costs and low market yield for their produce,” said Sagar Rabari of Khedut Samaj Gujarat, a farmers’ organisation spearheading the protests. “In the race to welcome big corporates with a red carpet, the government has forgotten the farmers, who constitute 70% of workforce and provide food security.  Farmers are not a priority for the government.  We have a list of demands, and unless these concerns are addressed in writing by the government, we will lead a peaceful, non-violent march to Mahatma Mandir and stop the Vibrant tamasha,” he said.  Mahatma Mandir is the venue for the summit taking place between January 11 and 13.

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