Demonetisation: At Gujarat protests, farmers dump milk, vegetables on road

There is a daily demand of around Rs 25 crore to Rs 30 crore for co-operative societies, and against that, the RBI has in last 10 days given Rs 21 crore cash.

By: Express News Service | Surat | Published:November 20, 2016 3:04 am
Surat: Farmers destroy farm products and milk after announced ban on District Co. Operative Banks in Surat on Saturday.   PTI Photo                    (PTI11_19_2016_000229B) Surat: Farmers destroy farm products and milk after announced ban on District Co. Operative Banks in Surat on Saturday. PTI Photo 

Farmers dumped grain and poured milk on the strees at protest rallies in Surat and Anand on Saturday to protest the withdrawal of high denomination currency notes and restrictions imposed on district central co-operative banks (DCCBs) on exchange and deposits.

In Surat, thousands of farmers under the banner of Gujarat Khedut Samaj (GKS) gathered at Jehangirpura in the Randher area in the afternoon, and travelled nearly 10 km through the city with truck-and tractor-loads of wheat, sugarcane and other agricultural produce to the office of District Collector M S Patel at Athwalines.

They handed over to the Collector a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying there was a danger of prices of essentials like vegetables and milk rising, and possible “disorder” that could impact the Assembly elections in 2017.

At the Collector’s office, the farmers dumped wheat, paddy, vegetables and milk on the road in protest.

In Anand, members of the district Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC), farmers and women from milk cooperatives joined a huge rally that the district Congress took out to protest the “unplanned demonetisation”.

The protesters emptied sacks full of vegetables on the streets in a symbolic protest against the government’s decision that has affected their livelihoods. The rally travelled to the District Collector’s office where the protesters submitted a memorandum demanding immediate corrective action in the face of the crisis they were facing. The memorandum submitted to the Surat Collector said many villages in Gujarat did not have nationalised banks and farmers operated through DCCBs. “It looks as if the government does not trust the farmers, milk producers and their unions, which is why we have been left out of the financial transaction processes,” the Gujarat Khedut Samaj said in the memorandum.

The Reserve Bank of India has asked DCCBs not to accept or exchange the demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. Of the 370 DCCBs in the country, 18 are in Gujarat. A large majority of the rest are in Maharashtra and Kerala.

The memorandum said that the monsoon crop had reached the APMCs but there was no cash for traders to buy it from the farmers, who are running out of time to prepare for the Rabi season. The restrictions on DCCBs be lifted, and the RBI should open its own counters at cooperative banks to disburse money to farmers, the GKS said.

“There are over 6.5 lakh account holders of Surat District Cooperative Bank, which has branches across the Surat and Tapi districts. The Surat District Co-operative Bank has over Rs 5,000 crore worth fixed deposits of farmers and co-operative societies like Sugar Co-operative Society, Cotton Co-operative Society, Paddy Co-operative Society, Service Co-operative Society, etc.

The accounts of co-operative societies are linked to the Surat District Co-operative Bank. There is a daily demand of around Rs 25 crore to Rs 30 crore for co-operative societies, and against that, the RBI has in last 10 days given Rs 21 crore cash. The condition of the farmers is bad, and if the crisis is not resolved, their situation will worsen further in the coming days,” GKS leader Jayesh Patel said.

In Anand, Ravi Patel of the Anand District Congress said, “Our protest march included women from milk cooperatives who arrived with empty milk vessels, and farmers who brought sacks of brinjal and cauliflower from their yields. They were symbolically discarded on the streets to show that the demonetisation has affected their livelihood. Farmers have been unable to sell any produce in the market, and milk cooperatives are running dry due to the lack of cashflows. The thoughtless move by the government has thrown the economy out of gear.”

Their memorandum stated, “The situation of the common class of people is extremely precarious. The normal life has come to a standstill. The common man is depressed. It is imperative that the government must take citizen friendly steps to eliminate this economic crunch, which will snowball into a massive human revolution in the coming days.”

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    Worried
    Nov 20, 2016 at 2:40 am
    Very soon farmers will be labeled anti national..This is just the beginning
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      DEEPA
      Nov 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm
      You s (protesters) that milk is taken from cows after their calf's are deprived of it. You have no right to dump the milk like that for any reason. You could have used cow dung instead of milk u s. Thanks to PM ModI for demonitization u people deserve it as u have no respect for milk.
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        Cooldude
        Nov 20, 2016 at 3:04 am
        These bloody anti-national farmers. Why didnt they think about our hungry soldiers manning the borders?. The chaddi goons should teach these farmers how they can use nationalism for their daily needs. If they don't learn send them to stan.
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          A
          Nov 20, 2016 at 1:53 am
          You have the right to express your opinion. But do not waste the Vegetables and milk. Give them to the Gurudwara Temple etc where the needy can take it .Peace loving Gujarati's will definitely do this like the couple in Mangalore( Sikhs) railway station
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            Bob
            Nov 20, 2016 at 1:22 am
            You have the right to give your voice. Please do not waste the vegetables, grain or milk.
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              Baskar
              Nov 20, 2016 at 4:02 am
              Instead of draining the grains, they could sell at a discounted price to poor people. Start reducing price, please don't be stubborn to poor at least. Since you are in sadak, you know who are poor and rich.
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                Prabhakar Sinha
                Nov 20, 2016 at 10:03 am
                গুজরাটেও
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                  AMM
                  Nov 20, 2016 at 8:59 am
                  Still BJP is saying people are happy with the decision?
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                    JK
                    Nov 20, 2016 at 9:32 am
                    bjp now says International media is happy ....bhakths says those who are not happy are anti nationals..
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                      Kabir
                      Nov 20, 2016 at 4:31 am
                      Chaddi brain that is how it will think.
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                        Kabir
                        Nov 20, 2016 at 4:33 am
                        Instead gherao BJP MP/MLAs and ask them write letters to the finance ministry. If they refuse, kick their .
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                          Keval Patel
                          Nov 24, 2016 at 3:01 pm
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                            L bhadrapati Devi
                            Nov 20, 2016 at 7:26 am
                            The photo of the protesters looks like AAPtard as per their skull caps.
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                              L bhadrapati Devi
                              Nov 20, 2016 at 9:00 am
                              Once Mia had tour for two days before last parliament election in Gujarat to explore poverty and backwardness of the state for getting brownie point over Modi. He has many supporters who are potential enemies of Modi. AAPtards are expert in protest drama in front of media.
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                                mapuapar
                                Nov 20, 2016 at 6:24 am
                                Do you expect bhakts to have understand.
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                                  Ashok Mazumdar
                                  Nov 20, 2016 at 1:44 am
                                  BJP is Blinded by Self Devastating Goal.lt;br/gt;Ruins in the Coming Weeks.
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                                    mathimathi
                                    Nov 20, 2016 at 5:56 am
                                    Feku govt If U had guts, Deploy Gau brigades to attack farmers. ic Sanghvi snakes ruling ours Hindustan.
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                                      chandrakanth
                                      Nov 20, 2016 at 3:26 am
                                      It seems more of dramaebaji, and political stunts rather than practical problems. Gujarat people have the brains to tackle many restraints
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                                        Vihari Naidu
                                        Nov 20, 2016 at 3:56 am
                                        Anti National Farmers
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                                          Pramod Raghuwanshi
                                          Nov 20, 2016 at 11:57 am
                                          It was the best move by govt... N anger in ppl is normal human behaviour after loosing lots of black money....lt;br/gt;Its a black time for black money holder n celebration for other...
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                                            Pulkit
                                            Nov 20, 2016 at 6:18 am
                                            Good logic!!! Dont have money? Throw away whatever u've got left... None of these(protest) can be a common man's idea, because a common man generally finds ways to survive, rather than making matters worse just to highlight their plight, and more so with humble farmers... This is motivated, aimed and sponsored(by negligible amount of money) Politically... They could have given it to people for free, that would have brought attention to them, and possibly could have brought across their plight in a better light, but no.... They just wanted to present an imaginary farmer's image who apparently can be willing to throw away his produce just to show his anger... Because this incite short lived anger among the already anxious mes...
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