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9th August Jail Bharo
Modi Sarkar Gadi Chodo

2018-06-28

Hannan Mollah

Kisan Sabha in every village, ‘All Kisans in Kisan Sabha’ was to the clarion call from 34th Conference of All India Kisan Sabha. Kisan activists are engaged accordingly to contact peasantry in the villages, taking Kisan Sabha message to the villages and for the expansion of the organization among them. To intensify the process, in the office bearers meeting on 25th July, it was decided that our primary units should plan to visit maximum Kisan house holds in their area to build living contact with rural masses. In this context, the AIKS decided to collect 10 crore signatures from Kisans, agricultural workers and rural people on a 5- point charter of demands to be presented to the Central Government. A performa was given to units to translate in their own languages. It was addressed to the Prime Minister and it contains 5 points demands, those included:

a)     Complete liberation from all kinds of debts for the toiling peasants and agricultural workers.

b)    Ensure legal guarantee of minimum support price of one and half times of cost of production for all agricultural producers as recommended by Swaminathan Commission and reduction in input costs.

c)     Immediate vesting of land in the name of tillers and implementation of the forest Rights Act.

d)    Pension of Rs. 5000 per month to all agricultural workers, poor and middle peasants.

e)     Implement pro-farmer comprehensive crop insurance scheme covering all crops and income losses and ensure family health insurance as well as insurance for animals.

Along with these main demands other issues related to agrarian problems should also be explained to the peasantry. In the month of June and July Kisan activists should be fully engaged in this massive campaign for signature. The state and district level committees met and prepared the plan and tehsil and unit committees were orgnaised to collect maximum of signatures. The quota for 10 core signatures distributed among the lower level committees. A poster and an appeal to farmers where circulated for propagating the necessity and importance of the programme. These demands not only we are raising, the NDA government themselves made commitment to provide those benefits to the farmers during the last Lok Sabha elections. Narendra Modi in his 400 public meetings categorically promised that if they come to power, he would ensure implementation of Swaminathan Commission recommendations. He specially assured to give remunerative price for all crops as per A2+ 2+50% that is 50% more than the cost of production. He also assured complete loan waiver of all farmers and provide proper insurance for all crop losses in natural calamities. BJP election manifesto also gave details about the above benefits.

But, after coming to power, the NDA government completely reversed on thier promises. They failed to give promised prices for the crops and NDA government submitted written affidavit to the Supreme Court that the government could not give that price of 50% +cost of production. Regarding loan waiver central government announced that they would not take this responsibility of loan waiver but if any state government wanted, they were free to do it. On insurance front also there was total failure. The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana  proved to be a deception and cheating to the peasants. It benefited only six big insurance companies, not the farmers. Those companies collected about Rs. 24000 crore as premium from the peasantry in 1916 but paid only 7000 crores. So, all those promises proved to be “Zoomla” (falsehood). Arun Jaitly misled the parliament by saying that they have given MSP+ 50 to the farmers. This was a lie as Jaitly was referring only to the A2+FL and not C2 cost. Swamnathan reccommondation was C2+50%. Besides there were no proper procurement mechanism. Simply announcing MSP did not help. If the government did not purchase from farmers in this price. This year even the MSP not yet announced by the government. So, Narendra Modi, proved to be the most anti-farmer prime minister of the country as he betrayed the farmers on all his tall promises. He continued to repeat that falsehood of doubling the income of the farmers by 2022 when a massive price crash of many crops already destroyed the peasants economy.

AIKS in its office bearers meeting noted that this agrarian scenario in India has markedly deteriorated in the ten months since our Kisan Conference. This is a direct result of the neo-liberal policies persued by the Modi government. Agricultural growth in India has collapsed in normal term. So, agricultural income have thoroughly stagnated under the Modi governmetn’s tenure.  Under the circumstance, the agrarian crisis in the country has intensified. So we are demanding Modi government should implement what he promised first. This is the purpose to pressurize the government, the Kisan and toiling masses should come on the streets and force the government to act. The Kisan in the country would come on 9th August on the street. They under the leadership of their district committee would meet their collectors or District Magistrate and submit their signature for sending them to the prime minister. After that they would go for ‘jail bharo’ (fill up the jail) in thousands. The Centre of Indian Trade Unions(CITU) already expressed their support to the Kisan demands and decided to join the jail bharo struggle onthat day. The AIKS already appealed to the Dalit and Tribals as the major rural poor to join the jail bharo movement. We also appealed to other democratic and progressive forces to support our struggle and join the jail bharo movement. We hope in more than three hundred districts, lakhs of peasants, workers and agrarian poor people will join this massive struggle with the slogan of ‘Modi Government Gadi Chodo’(Modi leave the government) as he symbolized the power that betrayed the peasantry and common people by going away from his promises and establishing a corporate –communal government at the centre which is engaged in all sorts of anti-peasant anti-worker anti- poor activities. They encouraged all RSS-VHP goons to attack and lynch the minority, Dalit and other poor people in the name of  ‘gowrakshak’ ‘Love jihad’ ‘ultra-national chauvinism’ and dividing people on communal and caste lines. All India Kisan Sabha is fighting to unite the rural people to fight for their genuine demands. The jail bharo movement would be one of the largest and militant Kisan movement of the recent period.  

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