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AIKSCC KISAN MUKTI MARCH, NOV.29TH 2018 – INFORMATION ON ASSEMBLY POINTS AND CONTACT PERSONS (as on 21st Nov.2018)

 

1. Gurudwara Shri Bala Saheb ji, Sarai Kalekhan, near Nizamuddin railway station - for Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Telangana marchers. Kisan Mukti March begins at 11.30am here. Contact: Krishna Prasad, 9447125209

 

2. Barat Ghar, Saini Mohalla, near Bijwasan Railway Station, Bijwasan - for those coming from Rajasthan and southern Haryana. March is expected to begin at 9.00am. Contact: Satyendar Hadlee, 9810478000

 

3. Anand Vihar Railway Station - for those coming in from eastern side like from West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh etc. March is expected to start at 11.30am. Contact: Prem Singh Gehlawat, 9868487713

 

4. Sabzi Mandi/Kishanganj - for those coming from Punjab, Uttarakhand, Haryana. March is expected to start at 11am. Contact: Dr Darshan Pal, 9417269294.



COME, JOIN US IN THE KISAN MUKTI MARCH ON NOV. 29TH AND 30TH 2018 TO DELHI TO DEMAND FOR A SPECIAL SESSION OF PARLIAMENT TO DISCUSS AND PASS THE TWO KISAN MUKTI BILLS.:


1.The Farmers' Freedom from Indebtedness Bill 2018

2.The Farmers' Right to Guaranteed Remunerative Minimum Support Prices for Agricultural Commodities Bill 2018

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JOIN THE KISAN MUKTI MARCH INTO DELHI IN LARGE NUMBERS, ON NOV.29TH AND 30TH 2018

All India KisanSangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) is a joint platform of more than 200 farm organisations, formed in June 2017, united to secure legal rights for all farmers in this country in the form of two Bills that we want enacted by the Parliament. One bill is around Freedom from Indebtedness and another is about Guaranteed Remunerative Prices.

As you know, farmers’ movements in this country have never attempted to, nor secured any statute-based rights for themselves, unlike several other people’s movements which have placed their demands in statutory frameworks and obtained them. For the first time, through the efforts of AIKSCC, two Bills that we are calling as KisanMukti Bills have been finalised and introduced in the LokSabha as private member bills.

The drafts of the Bills were first tabled in the KisanMuktiSansad of women farmers on November 20th 2017 on Parliament Street, after nation-wide KisanMuktiYatras in many states from June 2017 to November 2017. After that, in more than 60 locations, detailed consultations were organised to obtain feedback from farmers, farm union leaders, legal and agricultural experts and the Bills were revised by March 2018. These Bills were then discussed in a Round Table in Constitution Club where 21 political parties lent their written support to these Bills and also called for a Special Session of the Parliament to discuss and pass these Bills. A committee of political party leaders was formed and in the Parliament House Annexe, a one day meeting was held to fine-tune the Bills clause-by-clause. These Bills were then introduced into the LokSabha and RajyaSabha as private members’ bills.

AIKSCC leaders also met with the President ShriRamnathKovind, urging him to convene a Special Session of Parliament for discussing and passing the Bills. In the month of May 2018, on the day that the First War of Indian Independence was started in 1857, in hundreds of districts across the country, memoranda signed by lakhs of citizens were handed over to district collectors, addressed to the Chairperson of RajyaSabha and Speaker of LokSabha, urging them to convene a special session. After this, June 6th was marked by AIKSCC as MandsaurShaheedKisanSmritiDiwas in numerous places around India.

AIKSCC has also been actively engaged with the issue of MSPs that got declared for Kharif and Rabi crops of 2018 and has been following up on the ground to watch the prices being realised by farmers. It is clear that commitments by the government are not being met on both fronts (MSP amounts fixed being far lower than what farmers should get at C2+50%, and realised prices being far lower than MSPs announced).

It is in this context that AIKSCC is now planning a KisanMukti March into Delhi. On the 29th of November 2018, from four different directions into Delhi, thousands of farmers along with their well-wishers, are planning to march into India’s capital city and on the 30th, a rally of more than one lakh farmers will take place at the Boat Club, from RamleelaMaidan. COME, JOIN US IN LARGE NUMBERS.

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Every 30 minutes, a farmer commits suicide in India – Aren’t we complicit in allowing this to continue?

It's a difficult reality to face, but it is the truth. Today, Indian farmers - be it landowners, sharecroppers/tenants, women, dalit, adivasi cultivators or landless agricultural labourers - are rendered bankrupt. Official data shows that the debt burden of farmers is increasing. Farming has become a loss-making proposition. As a result, farmers who provide for the entire nation are heavily indebted. They are left to fend for themselves and struggling for a dignified life in an indifferent society, with an uncaring government. They have been robbed not just of their financial dues but also of their dignity.

Farmers have reached this situation because of governments’ failure and apathy to protect and support them. Not only are they at the mercy of banks and loan sharks, but also the vagaries of weather and the market. After taking numerous risks in agricultural production, farmers do not receive a fair price for their crops; often, they do not even recover the costs invested on producing a crop. Even the Minimum Support Price (MSP) that the government announces is below the officially-estimated cost of cultivation! How is the farm family supposed to run, if there is no profit margin over and above the cost of cultivating a crop? Don’t farm families have other expenses to survive with dignity beyond costs related to agriculture?

Government policies are blind to farmers’ plight and often, outright against their interests. Complicit in this tragedy is our silence. We, the people of this country, are letting this situation to continue. Despite successful state level farmer agitations in the recent months where in some instances, farmers were killed in police firings on agitators, the Central Government has failed to do anything concrete to safeguard farmers. It is clear that this government only pays attention when citizens assert themselves. For this reason, more than 150 farmer organisations have united to form the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC). The following are the primary demands of the AIKSCC:

  1. Fair and remunerative prices, as returns on farmers’ hard work, i.e. at least 50% above the total cost of production. This was an election time promise of the BJP, and was also recommended by the National Farmers’ Commission. AIKSCC demands this for all crops and other produce like milk, fish as well as minor forest produce, and such a price be made into a statutorily-guaranteed price for all farmers so that it is not just a price announced, but a price realized by all farmers.
  2. Freedom from Debt through a permanent institutional mechanism that not only includes an immediate loan waiver that should apply to institutional as well as non-institutional loans of all farmers, but also provides for continuous support to farmers burdened by debt. Government should also take up measures to ensure that farmers don’t slip back into debt through effective crop insurance, disaster compensation and promotion of low or no-cost farming.

After organizing hugely successful Kisan Mukti Yatras in different regions of the country as well as a very successful Kisan Mukti Sansad on 20th and 21st November 2017 on Parliament Street in Delhi, AIKSCC has announced its next plan of action to secure these two demands for all farmers, as immediate requirements to tackle the acute agrarian crisis in India. We invite you to join this movement. The time has come to join our farmer brothers and sisters across the country in solidarity with their agitation. The situation is dire but together we can change it. Staying silent should no longer be an option. This is something that the nation owes to our anna daatas. You can contact us and contribute your time and money to the movement.

FREEDOM FROM DEBT & REALISATION OF REMUNERATIVE PRICES AS RIGHTS OF ALL FARMERS

आइए, किसान की पूर्ण कर्ज़मुक्ति और उपज का लाभकारी मूल्य दिलाने के लिए एकजुट हों - हर घंटे में भारत में दो किसान आत्महत्या कर रहे हैं | कहीं हम भी तो इसके ज़िम्मेदार नहीं?

हालांकि बात सुनने में कडवी लगती है, लेकिन सच तो यही है | आज भारत के किसान चाहे वह ज़मीन के मालिक हो, बंटाईदारी या किराए की ज़मीन पर खेती करनेवाले हो, महिला, दलित, आदिवासी किसान हो या भूमिहीन खेतिहर मजदूर हो; कंगाली की हालत में आ गए हैं | आँकड़े बताते हैं कि किसान पर क़र्ज़ का बोझ बढ़ा है, खेती एक नुकसान का सौदा बन गया है, और देश के किसान बुरी तरह से क़र्ज़ के बोझ तले दब गए हैं | हमारी सरकारों और समाज ने अपने अन्नदाताओं को उसकी नियति के सहारे छोड़ दिया है | किसान को न सिर्फ आर्थिक तौर पर लूटा गया है, बल्कि उनकी गरिमा पर भी चोट पहुंचाई गई है |

आज देश के किसान इस हालत में इस लिए पहुँचे है क्योंकि सरकारों और समाज ने उनकी दुर्दशा पर ज़रा भी ध्यान नहीं दिया | मौसम के रुख और बाज़ार के उतार- चढ़ाव के अलावा उन्हे बैंकों और साहूकारों की दया पर भी निर्भर रहना पड़ता है | इतने सारे जोखिमों से जूझने के बावजूद अक्सर अपनी उपज का पूरा दाम पाना तो दूर, किसान फसल की लागत तक वसूल नहीं कर पाते | यहाँ तक कि सरकार भी खुद किसी फसल की जितनी अनुमानित लागत बताती है, उससे कहीं कम न्यूनतम समर्थन मूल्य (MSP) घोषित करती है | इस तरह लगातार घाटा सहकर किसान कब तक खेती- किसानी से जुड़े रहेंगे ? कब तक वे खेती से अपने परिवारों का भरण- पोषण कर पाएगे ?

सरकारों की नीतियाँ किसानों की इस दुर्दशा की अनदेखी करती हैं, और उनके हितों के खिलाफ हैं | किसानों के मुद्दे पर समाज के बड़े हिस्से की चुप्पी भी बहुत दुखद है | चुप रहकर हम सबने हालात को लगातार बिगड़ने दिया है | पिछले कुछ समय में किसानों ने कई आन्दोलन किए --- अपने अधिकारों को लेकर प्रदर्शन कर रहे किसानों ने पुलिस की गोलियां तक खाईं, लेकिन इस सब के बावजूद सरकारें मूकदर्शक बनी रहीं | इन अनुभवों से यह स्पष्ट था कि सरकारें तब तक नहीं चेतेंगी, जब तक नागरिक ज़ोरदार प्रतिकार न करें | इसे ध्यान में रखते हुए पहली बार अखिल भारतीय किसान संघर्ष समन्वय समिति के बैनर तले डेढ़ सौ से अधिक किसान संगठन एक मंच पर आए | समन्वय समिति की प्रमुख माँगें निम्न हैं:

  1. लागत का उचित तथा लाभकारी मूल्य
    किसान को उपज की कुल लागत का ड्योढा मूल्य मिलना चाहिए | पिछले लोकसभा चुनावों में भारतीय जनता पार्टी ने अपने घोषणा पत्र में इसका वायदा भी किया था | राष्ट्रीय कृषि आयोग ने भी इसकी सिफारिश की है | अखिल भारतीय किसान संघर्ष समन्वय समिति की मांग है कि इसे सभी फसलों, दुग्ध उत्पादों, लघु वनोपज आदि के लिए भी लागू किया जाए | इसके लिए कानूनी प्रावधान बनाया जाए | साथ यह भी सुनिश्चित हो कि इन प्रावधानों का लाभ सभी किसानों को मिले |
  2. क़र्ज़ से पूर्ण मुक्ति
    अखिल भारतीय किसान संघर्ष समन्वय समिति की मांग है कि सरकार द्वारा सभी किसानों को बैंकों, सहकारी समितियों तथा साहूकारों आदि से लिए हुए सभी प्रकार के कर्जों से पूरी तरह से मुक्त किया जाए | एक बार पूर्ण क़र्ज़ मुक्ति के साथ ही सरकार यह भी सुनिश्चित करे कि कहीं किसान फिर से क़र्ज़ के जाल में न फंसे | इसके लिए फसल बीमा तथा दैवी आपदाओं के लिए मुआवज़े की योजनाएं प्रभावी रूप से चलाई जाएं, तथा कम या शून्य लागत की खेती को बढ़ावा दिया जाए |

देश के 19 राज्यों में हज़ारो किलोमीटर की किसान मुक्ति यात्राओं का सफलतापूर्वक आयोजन करने के बाद अखिल भारतीय किसान संघर्ष समन्वय समिति ने 20, 21 नवम्बर 2017 को दिल्ली में किसान मुक्ति संसद का भी सफलतापूर्वक आयोजन किया है |

हम देश के अन्नदाता के हक में खड़े होने के लिए आपको भी आमंत्रित करते हैं | अब समय आ गया है जब देश किसान भाई बहनों के साथ उनके इस संघर्ष में उठ खड़ा हो | स्थिति गंभीर ज़रूर है, लेकिन हम इसे बदल सकते हैं | चुप रहना अब विकल्प नहीं है | अन्नदाता का क़र्ज़ चुकाने का समय आ गया है |

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