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Refusal To Enact MSP Guarantee Law Will Have Political Consequences: Jai Kisan Andolan

The press conference was addressed by Yogendra Yadav, founder of Jai Kisan Andolan; Avik Saha, National President, Jai Kisan Andolan; Prabir Mishra, West Bengal State President, Jai Kisan Andolan etc

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Jai Kisan Andolan, an all India farmers organisation with active units in 11 states, on Wednesday held a press conference at Kolkata to highlight the various injustices towards Indian farmers in general and farmers of Bengal in particular.

Farm leaders highlighted the demand of Samyukta Kisan Morcha (of which Jai Kisan Andolan is an integral constituent) against the Union Govt for enacting a minimum support price (MSP) guarantee law and the demand of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee for enacting a state-level MSP law in West Bengal. 

They also mentioned the demand of Jai Kisan Andolan for enacting a state tenant farmer law, Jai Kisan Andolan for full coverage and quick relief under Bengal’s state crop insurance scheme. 

Talking to the press Yogendra Yadav said, "The BJP government at the centre is fooling farmers about making MSP guarantee law but farmers are not ready to be looted and cheated anymore. Massive all India protests are building up to put an end to injustices heaped on farmers and it will be taken to its logical conclusion."

Yadav said that this time the protests will not just be in Delhi but in every state capital, every district headquarters every block office. While the union government gives a paper guarantee of MSP for 23 crops, state governments do not even consider giving such a guarantee for other crops grown in their state. 

"The West Bengal government was given a draft law by the AIKSCC as early as September 2021 but it is a shame that the government has not even acknowledged receiving the draft, much less taking steps to enact an MSP guarantee law for crops of the state," Yadav said. 

Avik Saha said, "The government of West Bengal is insensitive and insincere about protecting food security of people and income security of farmers. There is either no policy or only paper policies which are never implemented. Farmers get glib promises and inadequate delivery. The procurement of paddy, the main crop of Bengal, is highly political and most farmers have to sell at much below MSP prices to a ruling party-backed middlemen who pocket the huge difference. 

Saha added that Jai Kisan Andolan has been demanding the enactment of a law to recognise tenant farmers of Bengal so that they can access govt subsidies and benefits but the govt is not taking any steps toward this. 

As a result, nearly 40 per cent of farmers of Bengal are being deprived while land-owner non-farmers are reaping the benefit. We will soon place a draft law for tenant farmers before the govt and compel the government to pass it, Saha said.

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