Mumbai, May 22: In order to draw the attention of Maharashtra State government, Kisan Kranti which is a state level committee of farmers announced that Maharashtra farmers will go on strike from June 1.
Kisan Kranti spokesperson Dhananjay Dhorde told the press “Over 200 farmers representatives gathered at Puntamba village in Ahmednagar district and decided to go ahead with the agitation.”
The farmers are going on a strike till some decision is not taken of loan waiver and free electricity.
Earlier, over 2,000 farmers who mobilised support from various gram panchayats across 40 villages in districts of Ahmednagar, Nasik and Aurangabad had announced they will not sell the farm produce in market if their demands were not heeded by May 31.
A farmer activist also accused Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, that he is dividing farmers community by inviting farmers from Ahmednagar district, who are affiliated to BJP.
Recently a meeting was organised in the Mantralaya, after which the BJP affiliated farmers declared that they are withdrawing the proposed agitation said the farmer activist.
He further added that the government is trying to create differences between farmers by convincing those farmers who are quite firm towards not selling their produce to the urban areas.
“Last month, we had the first ‘gram grabha’ at Puntamba which was convened after a specific demand by Maharastra farmers. Such gram sabha meets were held in various parts of the state,” Dhorde said.
We prepared a charter of demands about problems faced by farmers. We have sought pension for farmers and a 100 per cent subsidy for drip irrigation. The demands were submitted to the local tehsildar,” he said.
“If the government doesn’t act on Maharashtra farmers demands by May 31, no agri produce will be brought to market and we will also desist from activities including sowing new crop,” he said