CM breaks fast on thousands of farmers’ plea

11 Jun 2017
CM  breaks fast on thousands of farmers’ plea

On the second day today Chief Minister Singh Chouhan ended his fast for peace on the appeal of thousands of farmers. Former Chief Minister Shri Kailash Joshi and elderly farmer Shri Motilal offered coconut water to the Chief Minister to make him break the fast.

The second day of the indefinite fast began with Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajan “Vaishnav Jan” at 11 am. Large number of farmers from various districts of the state took part in the fast along with the chief minister. Union leaders, members of the state Cabinet, MLAs, office-bearers of various kisan sangathans also sat on fast in support of the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister said that those who have destroyed peace in the name of farmers have tried to malign the state’s reputation. He said that no case will be registered against farmers but such people will not be spared. He said that he will keep serving the people of the state till his last breath. A handful of people are trying to set the state afire. He urged the farmers to recognize such elements and be alert in future. Do not let anti-social elements destroy peace. He said that people whose private properties have been destroyed, will also be provided relief.

Agreeing to the appeal of the farmers to break his fast, the Chief Minister addressed them saying that Madhya Pradesh has done much more for farmers than the recommendations of Swaminathan Commission 2006. The Swaminathan Commission had recommended to give loan to farmers at 4 per cent rate of interest, whereas state government is giving loan to them at minus 10 percent for fertilizers and seeds. It is also giving loan for farming on zero per cent interest. The government has surged far ahead than the recommendations of the Commission. Commission had told the states to make irrigation arrangements. Today more than 40 lakh hectare is being irrigated in state. Irrigation schemes have been made for every region . There is water in every field. Water is reaching Malwa and other regions through Narmada. Village Knowledge Centres are being made as per recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission so that farmers get advice on time. He said that Kisan Bazaar will be made in all cities to put an end to the role of middlemen so that the farmers are able to sell their produce directly to the buyers. CM Chouhan said that Rajya Bhumi Upyog Paramarsh Seva will be implemented so that farmers get counseled at the right time about which crop should sown and in how much quantity. Agriculture land for any kind of urban project will not be acquired by force. The opinion of farmers is important. The copy of Khasra/Khatouni will be made available to farmers free of cost at their homes once in a year.

CM Chouhan said that two lakh tribals have been given land rights. No poor person of the state will be allowed to stay without land. A law would be made for this. Today the Agriculture Growth Rate of Madhya Pradesh is the highest in the world. Earlier crops would dry up in the field. Madhya Pradesh has been the first in implementation of Prime Ministers Crop Insurance Scheme. Road network has been increased for farmers. Farmers were given relief even without survey after soyabean crop loss. Opposition party members have never visited farmers’ fields.

CM Chouhan said that several schemes have been made for the sons of farmers whether they set up their own enterprise or study. Earlier the tehsil was a unit to give relief, now the farmer himself is the unit. He said that Rs 1,000 crore Value Stabilisation Fund is being made. Onion is being purchased at Rs 8 per kg. Krishi Utpad Lagat and Vipanan Ayog is being constituted. He said that Urad, Tuar and Moong will be purchased on support price. The leftover soyabean with farmers will also be purchased.

CM Chouhan said that no produce will be purchased below support price and below support price purchase will be considered a crime. On the issue raised by farmers CM Chouhan said that the best milk purchase model is of Amul Dairy on which milk purchase will be arranged in state. Samadhan Yojana will be made for defaulter farmers so that they start getting loan again.

Expressing his gratitude to farmers for withdrawing their agitation and supporting the state government in maintaining peace in state CM Chouhan said that all their problems will be solved. He appealed to the farmers to take part in the tree plantation programme being organized on July 2 on the banks of Narmada.

Vice President of the agitating Madhya Pradesh Kisan Union Shri Anil Yadav withdrew the agitation saying that Chief Minister has agreed to all their demands. He said that the demand for cost price was very old and the government has accepted it. After independence the first time this demand has been accepted.

Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Panchayat and Rural Development Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, National Vice President Shri Prabhat Jha, National General Secretary Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya, MP and State BJP president Shri Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, Cabinet member and a large number of farmers and members of their representative organizations were present on the occasion.