Agrarian Issues

All India Convention of Rubber Growers Gives Call for Parliament Dharna on November 25

THE first one-day All India Convention of small and marginal rubber growers was held on 29th September, 2015 at Kottayam in Kerala -- the most concentrated region of rubber growers in India. The convention has given a call to organise rubber cultivators all over the country and initiate persistent struggles against the neoliberal attack on agriculture and the peasantry.

Background

Unabated Farmers’ Suicides and Distress: Where Does the Solution lies?

UNABATED farmers’ suicides and intensified distress in Telangana state is causing serious concern among everyone concerned with farmers, development and well being of the people. According to published list of farmer’s suicides, district wise along with names of Mandal and village by daily newspaper Nava Telangana, over 1168 farmers have committed suicide between 2nd June 2014 (State formation day) and 28th September 2015.

First All India Convention of Sugarcane Growers Held

THE first all India convention of sugarcane growers, held in Madurai, Tamil Nadu on September 27-28, resolved to organise militant struggles in front of sugar mills across the country on various issues. The first ever convention of the sugarcane growers was held under the direction of All India Kisan Council of the AIKS. It was a memorable and historic event in the Kisan movement of the country, held in the historic city of Madurai, which contributed immensely in building the Kisan movement.

AIAWU Plans Demonstration before Parliament against Anti-Poor Policies

THE All India Agricultural Workers’ Union General Council, which met at the Mazdoor Kisan Bhavan in Jaipur on 17-18 August, has called on the agricultural workers to demonstrate before Parliament during the upcoming winter session to protest against the anti-poor and anti-rural policies of the BJP government at the Centre. In preparation to the demonstration before Parliament, the council decided to carry out an extended outreach programme to contact at least one million agricultural workers across the country.

Jute Growers’ Convention Held in Kolkata

ON the call of the All India Kisan Council to organise crop-wise movement, a jute growers’ convention was held on August 15 at the West Bengal state Krishak Samity office in Kolkata. A total of 33 delegates from jute-growing states, such as West Bengal, Bihar and Assam, attended the convention. Delegates from Andhra Pradesh could not attend the meet. Madan Ghosh, vice-president of AIKS, presided over the convention, and AIKS state secretary Nripen Choudhoury and general secretary Hannan Mollah attended the convention. Mollah introduced the subject and explained the AIKS decision.

Farmers Echo “No to Suicides; Onwards to United Struggles”

IT undoubtedly was the most difficult task for the All India Kisan Sabha-challenging emotionally as well as organisationally. It required the Kisan Sabha activists to go down to the families in extreme distress, understand their suffering, stand in solidarity with them and mobilise them to be a part of the struggle against the neo-liberal economic policies and the insensitive state as well as central governments that had snatched their loved ones from them.

Historic Dharna by Families of Farmers who Committed Suicide

THE two day sit-in dharna on August 10-11, by families of farmers who committed suicide culminated with a resolution to intensify united struggles against the neo-liberal economic policies and the insensitive approach of the Narendra Modi led BJP government as well as different state governments. Over 500 peasants and agricultural workers attended in solidarity with the 103 family members from 12 states.

Peasants, Agricultural Workers and Rural Artisans’ Demands Day on Sept 1

EIGHT organisations of kisans, agricultural workers and rural artisans, at a joint meeting on 21ST July, decided to organise a “Campaign Fortnight” from 16TH to 31ST August throughout the country on the issues being faced by them. Joint meetings of cadres, mass meetings, seminars, torchlight processions and other programmes will be organised at block, taluk and district levels to draw the attention of public in general against the anti-people policies of the governments.

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