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Yogendra Yadav slams Centre for MRPL expansion plans, anti-farmer stand

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Mangaluru: As reports of fresh land acquisition for the expansion of MRPL have surfaced, Central Co-ordination Committee member of Swaraj Abhiyan Yogendra Yadav on Saturday January 30, slammed the Union government for turning a blind eye towards the farmers.

Interacting with the media at Town Hall here, Yadav said that though the farmers had given in writing that they will not give away their land for the project, the government is all set to acquire their land which is against the constitutional norms. As the project faced stiff opposition earlier, the government is now contemplating to bring it in from backdoors, he added.
Yadav said that the Swaraj Abhiyan will lend its unconditional support against the project.

He said that one of the key aspects that the Swaraj Abhiyan fights for is Jai Kisan Andolan which intends at bringing all the farmers from the country and their problems under one platform and create an All India Movement for farmers’ rights.

He said that a campaign titled ‘Raitaapi Ulisi Desha Belesi’ to cater to the needs of Malnad farmers will be held tomorrow in Sagara. About 1,000 farmers from 17 districts from the State are expected to participate. Environmentalist and anti-corruption activist SR Hiremath and well known Kannada writer Devnoor Mahadeva will participate in the event.

Centre involved in sugar mills scam

Yadav said that sugar mills all across the country owe as much as Rs 37,000 crore to the farmers. He said that however, neither any of the state governments nor the centre has been initiating any action against them. The reason is that more than half of the mill owners in Maharashtra among other places are politicians. He pointed that the mills show loss on papers but are running on heavy profits. He alleged that the centre has sanctioned a loan of about Rs 6,000 crore to the owners, who have been using it to generate side income. He said that the money is being used to produce cheap liquor and reap rich benefits adding that the government is fully aware of it.

He further said that the Swaraj Abhiyan has filed petitions in the Supreme Court challenging 12 states in this regard including Karnataka.

 
Commission on Farmers’ Income

Yadav asserted that with the current policies in place, there is no profit prospect in agriculture. To solve this, he demanded that the First Commission on Farmers’ Income should be introduced on lines with the Seventh Pay Commission for Government Employees.

“If a farmer makes benefit this year, the yield will be extremely less the subsequent year. The ratio of loss so far has always been more than the profit. To maintain a steady profit quotient for the farmers, the Pay Commission in vital,” he said. A movement demanding this will be undertaken across the country in March, he mentioned.

Speaking about crop insurance, he said that the government in the latest revision, has brought in some good changes, however,
he said, this will only take up the profit percentage to 27 from 23. In order to reach a wider farming sector, a universal insurance of crops, should be introduced, he opined.

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