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Farmers’ Body Announces 10-day Bharat Bandh On Supply Of Agri Products From June 1

A nation-wide 'Bharat Bandh' would be held on June 10.

New Delhi, Apr 30

The Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh, an umbrella body of 110 farmers’ organisations, today said it would not supply farm products to cities across the country for 10 days from June 1 in protest against what it called the anti-farmer policies of the Central government.

  1. A nation-wide ‘Bharat Bandh’ would be held on June 10 till 2 pm, the group’s leaders, including former BJP minister Yashwant Sinha, told the media here.
  2. “Farmers would stop sending from villages to cities produce such as crops, vegetables and milk from June 1 to June 10 all over the country. On June 6 they would observe a non-cooperation day,” Sinha said.
  3. The farmers’ organisation claimed that though the government had promised a minimum support price (MSP) that was to be 50 per cent higher than the cost of production, farmers were yet to receive the higher prices.
  4. “We have been demanding that MSP be 1.5 times the entire cost of production including the cost of land. Though the government had declared it in their last budget but there is no specifications and it is not going to help us,” said Shiv Kumar Kakka, a farmer leader from Madhya Pradesh.
  5. The organisations said by cost of production, they meant C2 and not A2+FL. C2 denotes A2+FL, along with costs for rentals and interest forgone on owned land and fixed capital assets respectively.
  6. A2 includes expenses, in cash and kind, incurred on seeds, fertilisers, chemicals, labour, fuel and irrigation, while A2+FL covers actual costs plus value of unpaid family labour.
  7. While congratulating the farmers’ long march in Maharshtra led by Left parties last month, Sinha lambasted the government for making “false promises”.
  8. “I can say that the Modi government has done nothing for them, not even fulfilled the promises written in the BJP manifesto. Whatever he (Modi) is promising is all a farce,” Sinha said.
  9. The farmers also urged traders’ organisations to support their June 10 ‘Bharat Bandh’.
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