Backtracking on earlier assurances of a complete loan waiver, the government’s announcement covers only short-term loans taken by small and marginal farmers from cooperative banks.
The last year saw large-scale farmers’ protests as remunerative prices fell and the implementation of loan waivers was questionable.
The farmers have done their job. The nation has failed to deliver them a decent income in return.
Public outrage and protests are significant in protecting the freedom of speech and expression, and are means of safeguarding the resilience of democracy.
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From the ban on cattle trade for slaughter to the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, the Centre’s changes to the agricultural sector aren’t going down well with Rajasthan farmers.
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Activists allege that the government’s actions in the area, including not letting anyone in, are undemocratic and an attempt to hide what happened.
Farmers in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have been agitating since June 1, demanding a loan waiver and better procurement prices.
In the 64th episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about what led farmers across multiple states to militant protests.