Pune: Calling the policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government ‘anti-farmer’, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), the farmer’s wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has called for a statewide protest at government offices on May 28.
The body, which claims to have almost 1 lakh members across the state, says that the government has failed to deliver on its promise to farmers.
“The farmers are suffering because of the government and its policies. Milk prices for farmers have slumped because of the market and the sugar farmers are suffering severely due to buffer stocks,” said Mauli Tupe of BKS.
“The government needs to undertake a policy level process to address these issues as only cosmetic solutions will take us nowhere,” said Tupe.
“We will put pressure on the government through our protests and will storm taluka and district collectors’ offices and make our demands,” Tupe added.
The BKS also has made demands for water and electric supply and land acquisition. “We want the government to ensure that farmers get 24-hour electric supply at an affordable rate and provision is made for irrigation and drinking water supply,” Tupe said.
“While we are not opposed to land acquisition, we think that the government should reimburse the farmers promptly and make them partners in the project for which the land has been purchased,” Tupe further added.
Tupe, who was accompanied with Milind Bhise and Mama Shelar, said that there also needs to be an emphasis on organic farming.
“What we eat today is mostly toxic. We all are carrying poison in our bellies through the food we eat. We need organic farming,” Tupe said, adding, “The government should incentivise organic farming and protect organic farmers.”