The fourth biennial Kisan Swaraj Sammelan concluded on Sunday with a declaration and a resolution towards attaining ‘Swaraj’ along the lines envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi being passed.
The resolution stressed that the government should implement all existing laws for the protection of farm community including the Land Acquisition Act (2013), the land reform laws, Forest Rights Act, MGNREGS and the Environmental Protection Act.
The declaration also demanded a mandate to facilitate a shift to ecologically sustainable agriculture, ensure that rights to the agricultural resources including land, water, seed and forests are assured to the actual producers including agricultural workers, tenant farmers, women farmers and tribals, and prevent these resources from going into corporate control, minimum dignified income is assured to all agricultural households through various measures that include assured remunerative prices, credit access, insurance, disaster relief, favorable trade policies, support to farmers’ collectives and adequate social security.
Farmers, innovators, activists, scientists, field workers, policymakers and policy analysts, tribals, women and people from marginalised communities, seed savers who have conserved thousands of valuable varieties, farmers from all corners of the country who are successfully practicing ecological farming, tribals demonstrating how to live in deep harmony with nature, women farmers, tenant farmers and landless farmers organizing struggles to assert their rights over land and livelihood, innovators developing appropriate technology, energetic youth from various sectors going back to farming, urban consumers who are ready to look beyond the market logic and citizens standing in support of farmers, shared their stories at the Sammelan.
At a special discussion on youth mobilisation in support of farm livelihoods issues of rural and urban youth, possibilities of bridging the distance between these two in order to make farming sustainable with the different skill sets that can be synergised together were discussed.