AIKS condemns Shivraj’s appointment as Agriculture Minister
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AIKS condemns Shivraj’s appointment as Agriculture Minister

New Delhi: The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) on Tuesday condemned the appointment of Shivraj Singh Chouhan as agriculture minister and held him responsible for the Mandsaur incident in Madhya Pradesh where six farmers were killed in a police agitation.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Left AIKS also termed the Union cabinet’s decision to allow the release of the 17th installment of ‘Prime Minister Kisan Nidhi’ as “eyewash” and accused the BJP-NDA of failing to learn from the debacle in 159 rural constituencies.

“AIKS strongly condemns the election of Shivraj Singh Chouhan as Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare by the NDA. It was under his regime that 6 farmers were murdered on June 6, 2017 in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh,” the statement said. statement.

AIKS said the farmers’ demand for minimum support price, based on the Swaminathan Commission report, at C2 plus 50 per cent, with guaranteed supply of crops, was genuine.

This is also one of the main demands of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), which has led to protests against the now repealed farm laws.

AIKS, the farmers’ wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), is also part of SKM.

“It is morally reprehensible that a politician who has farmers’ blood on his hands took over the Ministry of Agriculture. This decision itself symbolizes the mindset, attitude and direction of the BJP-NDA towards farmers and agricultural distress across India,” they said. .

In June 2017, six farmers were killed in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, after policemen and Central Reserve Police jawans fired on a group of farmers.

AIKS said the NDA government with a significantly weakened BJP has already turned out to be anti-farmer.

“Despite the media calling it an ‘important decision’, the release of direct cash transfer installment of Rs 2,000 under PM-KISAN is an eyewash and a mere continuation of the old scheme which is grossly insufficient – Rs 500 per month for the households of farmers and a trap aimed at distracting farmers from their right to receive a remunerative price as recommended by the Swaminathan Member State Commission,” it said.

The farmers’ rights body also said that the scheme, which started in 2019, covered 14.5 crore farmers then, but has now reduced its reach to 9.3 crore farmers.

“Of the 63 seats lost by the BJP, 60 are from rural-dominated regions. “The victory of SKM leaders including Amra Ram from Sikar in Rajasthan, Raja Ram Singh from Karakat and Sudama Prasad from Arrah in Bihar and R Sachinthanantham from Dindigul in Tamil Nadu reflects widespread anger among farmers and rural people against the pro-corporate policies of the NDA,” it said.

Published June 11, 2024, 16:02 IST