Gujarat Govt. turns a deaf ear to sugarcane farmers’ woes

Jameen Adhikar Aandolan Gujarat (JAAG)
C/o Khedut Samaj, Khet Bhavan, Opp. Cargo Motors, Near Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad-380 027
M: 91-94093 07693
 
3rd April 2015
PRESSNOTE
To,
Editor/Bureau Chief,
 Ukai Sugar Mill bearing the brunt of GoG’s anti-farmer and anti-farm mindset
Romel Sutariya of AKSM threatens to self-immolate
President of BKS: “Congress government better than this (BJP) government”
The governments – both central and state (Gujarat) are apparently avenging some long-standing grudges against the farming community. The GoG gave no succour to farmers reeling under absurdly low prices of their monsoon crop; they yet toiled on in the hope of a good winter crop. Nature played spoilsport and the winter crops of wheat, cumin and grams were destroyed by unseasonal rains and hailstorm. Hortricultural crop like mango also suffered tremendous damage and yet there are no signs of the GoG announcing some help for the troubled farm sector.
On the other hand, sugarcane prices have upset the farmers. Owing to the announcement of very low prices for the sugarcane crops, there are reports of local BJP members/leaders tendering their resignations from the BJP, while the President of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) Shri Maganbhai Patel who was on a visit to Rajkot had to face the intense ire of the farmers and said: “The Congress governments were better than this (BJP) government”.
Suspicions over the intentions of politicians (land grab) in deliberate bankruptcy of sugar mills
Wages of farmers and labourers are pending with the corruption-ridden Ukai Cooperative Sugar Mill. The GoG has not been able to find the time to meet with Adivasi Kisan Sangharsh Morcha (AKSM) which is agitating for the dues of the labourers. When the Government of Gujarat can give thousands of crores of rupees to Tata Nano in loans, and in tax breaks and exemptions to the big corporate houses then why not for:
1.       Clearing the pending dues of the labourers of the Ukai Sugar Mill
2.      Clearing the pending dues of the farmers of the Ukai Sugar Mill
3.       Advancing a loan to the Ukai Sugar Mill to run the sugar factory.
If the sugar mill can be kept afloat then the livelihood of several hundred labourers and farmers will be protected.
All organisations and movements stand in solidarity with the legitimate claims of the Adivasi Kisan Sangharsh Morcha. If the government of Gujarat does not intervene to solve this issue then we would be forced to uncover this  anti-farm and anti-farmer attitude of the government to the people.
Sagar Rabari                                                                                                                                 Persis Ginwalla
Secretary (organisation)                                                                        Jameen Adhikar Andolan Gujarat
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