Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Scindia says stigma of killing farmers is on Chouhan

Scindia says stigma of killing farmers is on Chouhan

The Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has been rocked by a wave of violent protests by farmers after local police admitted Thursday to the fatal shootings of five civilians.

"Drought of two consecutive years has severely depleted the farmers and have led to the 4th highest farmers' suicides in the country in 2015", the note says, adding, "With added pressure of loan repayment and nearly 50% price fall in produce, farmers have reached the end of their tether". Farmers were killed by the security forces. It had also recommended that agriculture should be inserted in the Concurrent List of the Constitution and State-level farmers' commission must be set up to deal with their problems.

Three farmers have ended their lives in Madhya Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking the number of farmer suicides in the state in the last week to five. Top States for reporting these suicides are Maharashtra, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Chhattisgarh.

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Another farmer, Kalla, was found hanging from a tree in Shivpuri district's Bineka village. The first decision of the new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was to waive crop loans of up to one lakh rupees for small and marginal farmers in the State - a relief the party promised before the 2017 Assembly election.

Sub-divisional police officer S N Chouhdhary said a case has been registered under Section 174 of the CrPc and the police would record the statements of the farmer's family.

Before his admission, Singh told Indian media he blamed the deaths of the farmers on "anti-social elements". Sehore is home region of boss pastor Chouhan.

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During the agitation, six farmers were gunned down by the police, thereby drawing criticism from political parties. Spokesman for Congress Abhishek Singhvi told media outlets, "BJP has nearly been acting like a curse of death for Indian farmers". In Madhya Pradesh, wheat has fetched a meagre profit of just 2% while paddy inflicted a loss of 15%. We are trying our best to curb the violence and also will resort to all their demands. "Congress is with them in the struggle", he asserted.

In fact, the Modi government plans to replicate the MP model of agriculture whose agri-gross state domestic product has shown a growth of 9.7 pc compared to national average of 3.5 pc.

The government effected transfers of total six police officials today, with three of them being transferred out of Mandsaur.

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While such waivers could provide succour for 32.8 million indebted farmers, an IndiaSpend analysis of the impact of previous farm-loan waivers indicates such bailouts are band-aids of uncertain efficacy and do not address a deeper malaise gripping the agrarian economy.

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