Farmers Protest: Shivamogga Mahapanchayat

   Posted by: aman   in Other

March 20, 2021

Day 115

Toll 308


Shivamogga Mahapanchayat

Many years ago, a Bangalore NGO started a website called: I Paid A Bribe. It was part of a larger global initiative. Did we ever check out the website? Did we ever make an entry there? Now the Jai Kisan Andolan, part of Samyukt Kisan Morcha, has released an ‘MSP Loot Calculator’ based on facts provided on government websites.

It has already calculated that contrary to government’s assurance that ‘MSP was there, is there, will remain’, farmers in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and others have been denied Rs 140 crore on MSP on Chana – Bengal Gram, between March 1 and 15. The harvest season has not even begun yet, the figures will multiply many times.

It is not just MSP. Since January 11, from previous harvest season, in Odisha, Bargarh district, in spite of receiving tokens for sale of more than 3 lakh quintals of paddy, the farmers have not been able to sell. Since then the farmers have been blocking the Sub Collector’s office by dumping thousands of paddy bags against the non procurement of their paddy. Yesterday, a mahapanchayat took place in Chandikhol, Odisha.
In Panjab and Haryana there were huge demonstrations by Arthiya Associations supported by farmers over changed FCI norms of procurement of grains. A huge mahapanchayat took place in Sitamarhi, Bihar. A Mitti Satyagraha started from Bhiwani, Madhya Pradesh.

Farmers affiliated with Karnataka Raajya Raithu Sangha and Hasiru Sena are on a foot march from Basavakalyan to Bellary – 400 km. In 13 days, they have covered 332 km. The spirit along their route is electric – people are welcoming the marchers, they are addressing hundreds of peasants and poor people at village and taluk level.

Last evening, in Bangalore, farmer leaders paid homage to martyred farmers. SKM leaders have arrived at Bangalore for the Mahapanchayat today at Shivamogga and tomorrow at Haveri.

I hope media covers it. After all this is Karnataka, the ‘messiah of farmers’, CM Yediyurappa’s state. After Hindi imposition which met resistance from the ground, if BJP does not acknowledge the farmers resistance, they can jolly well pack their bags in the next elections.

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