By The Quint
Farmers in seven states have announced a 10-day strike, starting 1 June. The farmers, under the banner of the Rashtriya Kisan Maha Sangh, are protesting to demand loan waivers and implementation of the MS Swaminathan Committee recommendations.
1. Farmers have called a 10-day strike in Haryana, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala
2. Daily supplies such as milk and vegetables are likely to be hit over the course of the strike
No Untoward Incident: Mandsaur SP
The Mandsaur SP said no untoward incident was reported in the district so far.
“Five companies of the Special Armed Force (SAF) of MP police are keeping a vigil across the district,” he said.
Farmers To Announce Bharat Bandh on 10 June: Farmers’ Body
Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh (RKMM) convenor Shivkumar Sharma told reporters in Bhopal that the “Gaon Band’ stir is being held across 22 states.
“The cultivators have been asked not to come to the markets in urban areas to sell their farm produce, including milk,” Sharma added.
On the last day of the protest on June 10, the farmers’ bodies will orgainse ‘Bharat Bandh’, he said.
Government Not Addressing Farmers Issues: Ashok Gehlot
Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot slammed the government on Twitter for “not taking any steps to address the grievances of poor farmers.”
This country has never seen such strong resentment against a government among #farmers.. PM Modi's fake promises are responsible for this. The NDA government has completely failed…#FarmerProtest #FarmersStrike #VikasEkDhokaHai
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) June 1, 2018
Ludhiana Farmers Spill Milk on Roads
Supplies Not Affected at Mumbai & Pune Markets
Markets in Mumbai and Pune have reportedly received supplies as per normal, despite earlier reports suggesting that the agitating farmers would reportedly not sell their supplies to markets and other wholesale dealers over the course of their strike, thereby cutting off supply to bigger cities.
According to the The Indian Express, the farmers’ strike has garnered a “lukewarm” reception in Maharashtra.
Farmers Launch 10-Day Strike
Farmers from over 125 units affiliated to the RKMS have called for a ten-day strike, starting 1 June, reported India Today.
The farmers will go on strike across Haryana, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala.
However, several other farmers’ confederations who are not part of the strike reportedly told Business Standard that the impact would likely be partial.
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