GUWAHATI: The Assam unit of RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) has extended support to farmers protesting at Delhi borders demanding a law that guarantees minimum support price (MSP) of agricultural produce.
Although the Sangh does not want the Centre to repeal the laws, it has made it clear that MSP and bank security to the farmers from the procuring companies is a must. “Though the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh welcomes the new farm bills, these bills are not enough to help ailing farmers unless amendments are made. Bowing down before the demands of the farmers, the Centre has agreed to bring some reforms in the farm laws. But, we want more clarity from the government, especially on shielding the farmers from the big corporates and traders by guaranteeing bank security and implementation of the MSP,” organizing secretary of the Assam unit of BKS, Krishna Kanta Bora, said on Wednesday.
The state unit of BKS has also urged the state government to constitute a “market intelligence cell” to apprise farmers about the demand and supply well in advance so that they can cultivate crops that are going to yield good benefits. This, the peasant body said, will strengthen agri-marketing mechanism and encourage farmers to prioritize profitable crops in view of demands of the markets.
“Bank security from the companies is required so that the government can recover dues of the farmers if the companies don’t pay the assured amounts after procuring the crops. A data portal about the buyers must be made available for the farmers,” Bora said. The Sangh also urged the central and the state governments to constitute a farmers’ tribunals in each district that will address their grievances.
Assam is among the states where farmers are being compelled to sell their paddy at a rate which is less than 50% of MSP. While MSP in Assam at present is Rs 1,868 per quintal, in many agriculturally-rich districts of the state, the farmers are selling their produce at a much lower price.
“The paddy-procuring centres must be upgraded, decentralized and expanded to areas showing high yield. Apart from paddy, MSP should be declared for other crops on which farmers of Assam are dependent upon,” Bora added.
Courtesy – timesofindia