Published On: Mon, Jun 12th, 2017

Fast ends, fast end to MP stir?

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2017_6$largeimg12_Monday_2017_014521208Mandsaur/Bhopal : In ferment for the last several days, Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur, the epicentre of a violent stir by farmers, remained peaceful today, prompting Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to end his indefinite fast.

Chouhan, who began the fast yesterday to calm frayed tempers of the farmers demanding a loan waiver and remunerative prices for their produce, announced a slew of schemes for their benefit but issued a stern warning to those who engaged in “incendiary activities”.

There was no curfew in all three police stations areas of Mandsaur city for the second day today, but it will continue  5 km from Mandsaur district headquarters, where the killing of five farmers in police firing on June 6 led to a sudden escalation of violence and arson.

“In a state where agriculture has flourished, it is impossible that farmers would indulge in violence on such a scale. While any pain to farmers is unacceptable, those who have engaged in incendiary activities will be severely dealt with,” Chouhan said. BJP has been accusing the Congress party of having stoked the agitation.

On whether he had agreed to the demand for a loan waiver, Chouhan avoided a direct reply, maintaining he had told the farmers what he had to say. — PTI

Chouhan says…

  • Purchase of any farm produce below the minimum support price (MSP) will be treated as crime
  • Agricultural land would now be acquired only with the consent of farmers concerned
  • ‘Kisan Bazaar’ would be set up in all municipal areas and a cooperative institution on the lines of Amul will be set up across the state
  • Government is in process of setting up a Rs 1,000-crore Price Stabilisation Fund to purchase farm produce at the MSP
  • Agricultural Costs and Marketing Commission would also be set up to ensure remunerative prices

‘Waiver no solution’

Loan waiver is a tool, but not a solution, it’s a relief, but not an answer… The BJP manifesto promised to implement the Swaminathan Report, but after coming to power they submitted an affidavit in SC saying this cannot be done.

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