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Farmers put forth their demands ahead of Lok Sabha polls

Claiming that all the government schemes are ineffective,the members of the Gujarat Khedut Samaj have declared they would blow conches and beat drums at Karjan village to keep all Lok Sabha candidates away.

Claiming that all the government schemes are ineffective,the members of the Gujarat Khedut Samaj have declared they would blow conches and beat drums at Karjan village to keep all Lok Sabha candidates away.

Patel said,“Our association is soon going to prepare a manifesto,which will be mandatory to be undersigned by the canvassing Lok Sabha candidates,irrespective of their political affiliations.”

He said the farmers demand waiver of the interest on loans they have taken for buying water pumps and for developing infrastructure they need for agriculture.

Patel said,”If all political parties including the ruling Congress and the BJP could support the wage revision demands of the Central Government employees based on the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission,then why are all of them silent on the demands of the farming community.”

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Vipinchandra Patel,the president of the Vadodara Khedut Samaj,said that farmers across the district are going to organise a get-together to make the community know more about Swaminathan,Sengupta and Y K Alagh committee reports.

The Samaj’s other demands include declaring of the commission on agricultural costs and prices (CACP) as an autonomous body whose primary mandate should be recommending remunerative prices for principal agricultural commodities of both the dry farming and irrigated areas,said Patel.

The minimum support prices of the commodities should be at least 50 per cent more than the weighed average cost of production,as recommended by the National Commission on Farmers (NCF),he said.

Patel asked,“If the government servants can demand pay hike as per the recommendations of the Sixth Pay commission,cannot farmers,who have been serving the government and has been responsible for their success in several elections,demand their basic rights?”

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