December 06, 2020

In Defence Of Democracy and Farmers’ Movement

DECEMBER 2, leaders of various organisations held an online press conference in support of the demands of the farmers. These organisations include: AIDWA, AIPSN, AIPWA, AIMSS, ANVESAN, Financial Accountability Network (India), Forum for Trade Justice, INSAF, Janwadi Lekhak Sangh, Nation for Farmers, NFIW, People First, PUCL, Right to Food Campaign and Working Group on IFIs

The following demands were raised:

Withdrawal and repeal of the new farm laws. We ask the government to display its sincerity to meet the farmers’ demand of repealing the three anti-farmers, anti- people laws by immediately promulgating an ordinance to stop the implementation of these laws.

Withdrawal of all cases imposed on the struggling farmers and leaders of the farmers’ organizations.

Farmers’ organisations have been consistently raising the demands of loan waivers and fixation of a minimum support price on the basis of the report of the Swaminathan Commission.

Immediate grant of loan waivers for farmers, especially widows of farmers who have committed suicide and those who have taken loans from microfinance companies and SHGs.

Monthly income support to all vulnerable families. We demand the implementation of MNREGA and of universal social security support systems, which also includes support for health care and education of the farmers.
Call upon all progressive and democratic organisations and individuals across the country to be in solidarity with and support the farmers’ movement in their just and democratic struggle for a life with dignity