Push for digital payment among reasons behind Mandsaur farmers protest, claims MP official

The situation has been volatile in Mandsaur and Neemuch for the last couple of days. Five farmers were killed in police firing at Mandsaur on Tuesday, while six others were injured.

By: PTI | Bhopal | Published:June 9, 2017 1:46 pm
mandsaur protest, maharashtra farmer protest, mandsaur farmer protest, madhya pradesh farmer protest, demonetisation, india news Widespread violence, including several incidents of arson, have been reported from western Madhya Pradesh, especially in Mandsaur and Dewas district (Source: PTI Photo)

The move to promote digital payment, electricity crunch and ban on the regulated sale of poppy husk are some of the reasons that led to the farmers’ stir in Madhya Pradesh, a top government official said on Friday. The state has been on the boil ever since the farmers launched an agitation last week seeking loan waiver and better crop prices.

“The Centre and the state government have forbidden the farmers to sell poppy husk since the last two years in Mandsaur and Neemuch districts and this has rendered hundreds of farmers, mostly members of the strong Patidar community, jobless,” the official from western Madhya Pradesh told PTI.

According to him, the government used to regulate the sale and farming of poppy husk in the past, but now it was destroying the contraband, which was earlier permitted to be used for medicinal purposes. The situation has been volatile in Mandsaur and Neemuch for the last couple of days. Five farmers were killed in police firing at Mandsaur on Tuesday, while six others were injured.

The official claimed all the deceased farmers belonged to the Patidar community. “Besides, the state government’s move to promote digital payment in place of cash for procuring produce from farmers in the mandis (markets) aggravated the woes of the cultivators,” he said. The farmers have run out of cash due to digital payment mode, which is still at a nascent stage in Madhya Pradesh, he said.

“The cost of farm produce has also gone up considerably due to two reasons — shortage of electricity to farmers and black marketing of manure,” the official said. According to him, farmers were using diesel-run water pumps for irrigation due to lack of power. “The electricity distribution company in the region has been snapping power supply to farmers if they fail to pay the monthly bills instantly,” he said.

Besides, the farmers are forced to buy manure from the black market at a huge price due to rampant corruption in the state. This has increased the cost of production of agriculture produce, the official alleged.

Widespread violence, including several incidents of arson, have been reported from western Madhya Pradesh, especially in Mandsaur and Dewas districts, in the week-long agitation in the state. Rattled by the violence, the Madhya Pradesh government has announced a crop loan settlement scheme, which proposes waiving of interests of the cultivators who have defaulted on repayment of their loans.

“It is the farmers’ anger which has spilled onto the roads against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan due to widespread corruption in the farm sector,” Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh national president Shivkumar Sharma told PTI. “There is no electricity in rural areas of MP, so the farmers are using diesel-driven water pumps to irrigate their land. Secondly, they are forced to buy fertilisers from black market,” he said.

“I had been saying that massive corruption is plaguing the farm sector under Chouhan since long. Now my stand is vindicated,” he said. “Due to these factors, the cost of production of farm produce has skyrocketed. For getting satisfactory price for their produce, the farmers are protesting,” said Sharma, who had led a farmers’ agitation in December 2010.

However, he disagreed that the ban of poppy husk business had ignited the farmers’ stir. If contraband is the reason, why are the farmers protesting in other parts of the state, he argued. BJP MP from Mandsaur, Sudhir Gupta, blamed the Congress for the farmers’ agitation. “Congress is behind the violence during the farmers’ stir,” he alleged. The state government has said that it was ready for an open dialogue with the protesting farmers. “The stir has inflicted immense financial loss to my constituency,” Gupta said.

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    BHARAT GOENKA
    Jun 20, 2017 at 10:47 am
    It now appears that farmers agitation is mainly because they are not allowed to sell Poppy seed for drug purpose. BUt I am surprised why BJP is silent on the issue. Why they have not told the truth that Poppy seed cultivationis the main reason of violence.
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      Usman Alli
      Jun 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm
      BJP kil voices of innocents. Congress will come in GJ, RJ and MP. Secularism jindabad
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        Rakesh
        Jun 9, 2017 at 5:25 pm
        It's a direct fallout of misgovernance . BJP and Modi should introspect . Rather than slogans they should give jobs . Instead of cows , emphasis should be on health n education
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          Mel
          Jun 9, 2017 at 6:43 pm
          Are you ok?? Give jobs??? from where and to who? Introspect or order an inquiry as to which political party is responsible for this. People who died were non farmers which means paid to be a part of the strike. Please don't react to media, they are just saying things for the sake of it, without proper investigation or whoever pays them to write specifically.
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            shiv
            Jun 10, 2017 at 9:32 am
            but is the farm procurement price low? who is allowing the black market? Vyapam CM or Congress?
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            Usman Alli
            Jun 9, 2017 at 7:01 pm
            Modi hatao, desh bachao. Let new leaders of Congress like Sibal, Scindia and Gulam Nabi rule the country. Fed up of BJP.
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            Ashish Biswas
            Jun 9, 2017 at 4:45 pm
            These issues never came up before the stir. Only they wanted all loans waived off and the anted more money for farm products. Now new post excuses are circulating. The Government have taken pains to supply electricity and water even then they more and that also free.
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              Sunny Nair
              Jun 9, 2017 at 3:29 pm
              The bloody government is insane, digital payments for farmers- hahaha
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                Mel
                Jun 9, 2017 at 6:45 pm
                You do not need to be educated to use ATM or bank account.The banking language is in local language too. Besides farmers are not as illiterate as you think.
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                  Usman Alli
                  Jun 9, 2017 at 7:01 pm
                  Modi never win elections again
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                  Vikrant
                  Jun 9, 2017 at 3:18 pm
                  Those who have sold their thongs to italians and jihadis are using pagdis of patidars to cover their nakedness
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                    Tushar
                    Jun 9, 2017 at 6:47 pm
                    Where the f. Italian and jihadi is coming from ..u.must check ur brain ....it doesn't really works in a proper way that it's giving irrelevant comments.... Yaa yu ganja pe e ke. Likhrahe ho
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                      Usman Alli
                      Jun 9, 2017 at 7:02 pm
                      Zakir Naik Sir is best as UP CM
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                    naveen
                    Jun 9, 2017 at 3:03 pm
                    BJP RSS should wake up - only patidars farmers if turn violent this can happen - if all farmers of all india turn violent - they will tear all chaddis of brahmins - and brahmins will have to beg for life
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                      prashant jha
                      Jun 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm
                      Brahmins will your mom
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                        An
                        Jun 10, 2017 at 3:28 am
                        Thank you for your valuable insight.
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                      S.S.KASANA
                      Jun 9, 2017 at 2:41 pm
                      AGITATION IS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED AND INTIGATED BY CONGRESS .ALL FARMERS ARE HAPPY IN M.P. DUE TO KISAAN C.M.AT GROUND LEVEL EVERY THING IS FINE, ONLY MEDIA IS BLOWING IT OUT OF PROPORTION FOR TRP. S.S.KASANA
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                        Sunny Nair
                        Jun 9, 2017 at 3:39 pm
                        Stop with this partisan rubbish everyone knows how notoriously corrupt Chouhan is.
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                          deepak sankhla
                          Jun 9, 2017 at 5:21 pm
                          Yeah, yeah certain Mr Nair sitting in middle East knows everything about MP!
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                            Tushar
                            Jun 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm
                            as f u know NY thing other than blowing ur party goons sankla
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                            Tushar
                            Jun 9, 2017 at 7:14 pm
                            Kasana Be honest to urself like a man .speak truth ... Be an Indian ..and don't let any party ruin u and let u speak Lie ... And build u up as an expert Liar . When Up farmer loans were waved it's really injustice to avoid this farmers of MP .. That too when it's BJP who waived the loan in UP
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