“Farmers across the country begin a 10-day strike, demanding complete loan waiver.”
The nationwide farmers protest which has started on 1st June, has now entered in its fourth day on Monday. The prices of vegetables and milk has soared up across various cities and state due its’s shortage supply.
The farmers from the seven states had earlier organised this protest for the first ten days of June, to mark the first anniversary of farmers’ protest in Mandsaur( June 6 ), during which five protesters were killed in police firing. Many farmer organisations across India have called for “Gaon bandh” from June 1-10 during which no farm produce would be allowed to be transported outside villages.
Moreover, the strike is effective in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Haryana and Chhattisgarh.
‘Farmers restricting trucks supplying milk and vegetable’
The retail prices of vegetables in several cities have risen up since Saturday, a day after the farmers began their strike. As per the report of the PTI, the prices of vegetables have increased by Rs 10-Rs 20 per kg. Traders in Chandigarh said the cost of tomatoes soared to Rs 20-Rs 25 per kg from Rs 10-Rs 15 per kg. The price of other vegetables such as potato, capsicum, bottle gourd, and cucumber has also soared. Besides, Milk shortage was also reported from some parts of the city.
While similar situation is there among other places as well. The traders from the Jaipur said that a fall in supply at Muhana wholesale mandi led to an increase in prices. Many farmers in Rajasthan has been spotted, stopping the truck carrying vegetables and milk to enter into cities market.
At the time when the farmers from Punjab and Haryana continued to dump their produce on roads. The leaders from these respective states reacted differently on this protest.
The chief minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar believe that the protest against the government will not serve any purpose.
“We have always listened to farmers and have come up with many schemes and programmes for their welfare,” he said.
On the other hand, Punjab’s chief minister, Amarinder Singh criticised the Centre for allegedly being apathetic to the distress in agriculture.
“When farmers, who feed the nation, are forced to take to streets to draw attention to their pitiable condition, it does not augur well for the country,” he said.