Charter of Demands

‘Desh Ki Awaz Kisanon Ke Saath- Nation for Farmers’

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Why do we want a special session of parliament on the agrarian crisis?

A three-week special session of Parliament to exclusively discuss the giant agrarian crisis and related issues. That would focus national attention on a burning problem that has been accompanied by the suicides of over three lakh farmers in 20 years. The parliament session must mandatorily:

Pass the two vital Kisan Mukti bills crafted by the All India Kisan Sangarsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC): THE FARMERS’ FREEDOM FROM INDEBTEDNESS BILL, 2018  and THE FARMERS’ RIGHT TO GUARANTEED REMUNERATIVE MINIMUM SUPPORT PRICES FOR AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES BILL, 2018

Thoroughly discuss the reports of the National Commission for Farmers (Swaminathan) Reports lying in Parliament since 2004-06. That means a discussion on, among other things, productivity, profitability, sustainability, technology and technology fatigue. Also, a halt to the privatisation of agricultural research and technology. The fight against privatisation in these and other sectors is the fight of the farmers, labourers and all poor and marginalised people across the country.

Establish firmly the rights and entitlements of women farmers and those who do the bulk of work in agriculture. And establish equally firmly the land rights of Dalits and Adivasis. In so doing, end the erosion and privatisation of the commons, recognising the importance of biodiversity, water and soils. And build frameworks that bring support for and incentivisation to the other crucial sectors of the agrarian economy, including diverse types of agriculture, other crops, fisheries, livestock and the cattle economy, and agro-forestry.

Break the growing corporate grip over sector after sector of agriculture in the country. For an agriculture that is community-driven, not corporate-controlled; agro-ecological, not chemical laden. And end the forcible acquisition of farmland for corporate benefit, also ending the repression against those who resist the arbitrary seizure of their land.

Listen to testimonies of the victims of the agrarian crisis from different parts of the country. And how policies beyond those that have devastated farming in India, such as the surging privatisation of health and education, have crushed farmers and all the rural poor. Reverse the decline of public investment in agriculture, health and education.

Discuss and highlight the mega-water crisis engulfing the country  – against the shadow of a terrible drought devastating farming in several states. Indeed, not just on rainfall problems but the basic class, caste and gender inequalities that pervade water control and consumption in this country. To create equal control and access, particularly for the landless.

The credit crisis and exploding rural indebtedness, while passing the Freedom from Indebtedness Bill, to create a far more just and equitable credit system. One that prevents farmers and the rural poor from sinking into debt bondage once again. To ensure that public sector banks are not privatised to and controlled by the very interests that have plundered them for decades.

 

For Hindi, click here  Desh-ki-Avaz.pdf

 

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