CITU EXTENDS SUPPORT FARMERS’ AGITATION

CONDEMNS BRUTAL POLICE REPRESSION ON FARMERS’ STRUGGLES

CALLS FOR JOINING COUNTRYWIDE PROTEST DAY BY FARMERS ON 16TH JUNE 2017

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions denounces the continuing repression on farmers’ struggle in various parts of the country on the their just livelihood related  demands in the background aggaravating crisis in the agricultural economy owing to which small  and marginal farmers are hardest-hit and also a large section of medium farmers.

The bankruptcy of the pro-landlord, pro-corporate policies of the Narendra Modi Govt is also exposed by the fact that even in the year of good crops, farmers’ suicides are continuing abated; Such is the situation created by the governance of the agrarian economy by the Govt through its policy and administration  on procurement, so called Minimum Support Price (MSP), scant availability of institutional credit to farmers, increasing input cost etc, that even the gains of good-crop year, produced by poor farmers are being appropriated by the nexus money-lenders, big landlords, big corporate traders with the direct patronage of the neoliberal economy management throughout the country. In the year of crop failure, the situation continued to be more grim. Over and above, the Govt’s decision on ban on cattle trade has further added to distress and destitution of the farmers’ community imposing bigger burden on them besides snatching away their available avenue of crisis management.

When farmers community came out in thousands to agitate  against the anti-farmer policies, demanding immediate relief, they are being sought to be suppressed through poilice brutality, particularly in the BJP-ruled states. CITU condemns the brutal killings of six farmers by Madhya Pradesh Govt.

In this background, the Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan comprising All India Kisan Sabha and other farmers’ organization, which is an integral part of the surging farmers struggle countrywide, has given a call for nationwide Protest struggle on 16th June 2017 demanding inter alia a)implementation of Swaminathan Commission’s recommendation on MSP, Comprehensive Loan waiver for farmers including the lowest strata, withdrawal of notification on ban on cattle trade and Resignation of the Madhya Pradesh Govt responsible for killing of six farmers.

Centre of Indian Trade Unions extends full support to the call of the Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan and their demands; CITU calls upon the workers throughout the country to join the initiative of Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan and All India Kisan Sabha in organizing the Nationwid Protest Action against the anti-farmer policies of the Govt on 16th June 2017   


Issued by

( TAPAN SEN )

General Secretary      

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