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    Working Group members of the AIKSCC are meeting the President of India on 28th of May at 12.30 pm to discuss the agrarian crisis of the country and to resolve the same by convening a special session of the Parliament
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    May 26 at 6:03 PM
    All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee 
     
    W 127, Greater Kailash II, New Delhi – 110048 
    Press Note: 26th May 2018
    Working Group members of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, (AIKSCC) are meeting His Excellency the President of India on 28th of May at 12.30 pm to discuss the agrarian crisis of the country and to resolve the same by convening a SPECIAL SESSION OF THE PARLIAMENT
    His Excellency the President of India has granted an appointment to meet the Working Group members of AIKSCC on Monday 28th May 2018 at 12.30 pm.
    AIKSCC has sought the appointment to appraise the President about the raging agrarian crisis and distress of the farming community and seek his kind intervention to save the farmers, by convening a SPECIAL SESSION of the Parliament wherein amongst other business, the 2 Bills prepared by AIKSCC and presented to both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha for Freedom From Debt of farmers and Guaranteed Remunerative Minimum Support Prices to farmers can be taken up for resolving the agrarian crisis of the country.
    It may be recalled that the initial drafts of these Bills were tabled in the historic November 2017 Kisan Mukti Sansad at Parliament Street in New Delhi, after which AIKSCC organised widespread and detailed consultations at the State and District levels in all parts of the country. More than 200 such consultations took place between December 2017 and mid-March 2018. Valuable and rich feedback from the grassroots (farmers, intellectuals, lawyers) has been incorporated and the final versions have been created. The Bills have been created for the very first time by the farmers’ movements of the country after elaborate consultations. We believe that this is a crucial moment in the history of India, with farmers’ issues taking a centre-stage in our public debates, which has been long overdue.
    On behalf of the farmers of the country, AIKSCC sent the Bills to the political parties of the country. AIKSCC held a Round Table on 28th March, 2018 at the Constitution Club, New Delhi wherein senior leaders of 21 parties came and not only supported the Bills but also signed the resolution that these Bills be taken up in both the Houses on priority basis immediately. Thereafter on 25th April, 2018 the Bills were examined by the political parties and changes were made in accordance with the Rules of Business of the Parliament and only after that the 2 Bills have been submitted in both Houses of the Parliament by Shri Raju Shetti and Shri KK Ragesh respectively in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
    It is common knowledge that the country is going through severe agrarian crisis. The farmers cannot even recover their input costs and their debt is increasing with every passing crop. When the farmers agitate for their rights, they are silenced with bullets. What makes the situation extremely grave is that while lacs of farmers have been compelled to commit suicides in the recent past, the next generation is not interested in farming as it has become a losing proposition.
    After 6 farmers of Mandsaur District of Madhya Pradesh (who were agitating for their rightful demands) were shot dead by the police on 6th June, 2017, the farming organizations from across the country came together and formed the largest ever platform under the banner of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC). As of date, 193 farming organisations have joined the AIKSCC to mitigate the hardships being faced by the farmers. After going through the length and breadth of the country, having covered over 10,000 km and having addressed and interacted in over 500 meetings, AIKSCC has narrowed down to two main demands to address the immediate crisis – Freedom From Debt and Guaranteed Remunerative Minimum Support Prices. These two demands are closely connected – if the issue of remunerative prices alone is tackled without providing relief from indebtedness, the increased returns will only go to pay back increasing loans. On the other hand, if only loan waivers are provided without addressing the issue of remunerative prices, farmers will again be pushed back into the debt trap. Therefore, AIKSCC seeks the fulfillment of both demands at the same time. AIKSCC seeks to secure these two as legal rights for all farmers, through the enactment of two Central legislations.
    Since this is a very sensitive matter as those who feed the country, their very existence is in danger, therefore AIKSCC requests you to do your bit in resolving the agrarian crisis by taking the trouble of being at the Rashtrapati Bhawan (Visitors Gate) at 12.30 pm on so that we can brief you of our interaction with the President.
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