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Farm Crisis Is a National Crisis, Akhilesh Yadav Calls For A Golden Revolution

Market must ensure MSP is defined by demand, farmers get a fair price, he said.

Akhilesh Yadav promised to “bring about a Golden Revolution for all farmers regardless of caste, creed or religion.” The declaration came following the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme, whereby the central government has made provisions to pay a sum of Rs 2,000 to farmers, thrice a year. Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the scheme today, February 24, in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

PM-KISAN will be an electronic transaction, thus reducing the role of middlemen. It is, however, facing criticism for failing to provide a 100 per cent loan waiver for farmers.

In the wake of the second Kisan Long March by All India Kisan Sabha, social media has been flooded with concerns over the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government’s negligence to the demands raised by farmers on a national scale. Yadav, the Samajwadi Party President, tweeted, “The farm crisis is a national crisis and needs a national solution, no poll- sop or individual state can implement change at this scale- we need to stand with farmers everywhere…”

He further added, “Today a farmer committed suicide in Jhansi. Its time for a 100 per cent loan waiver to break farmers out of the prison of debt they are stuck in and transform their lives. Its time for a Golden Revolution.”

He further demanded a fair price for the food that we eat, said: “The market has a role to play in ensuring that the MSP(minimum selling price) is defined by demand…” Per the scheme, Rs 6,000 will be given to small and marginal farmers owning less than two hectares of land.

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