Agrarian Issues

AIKS on Save Environment, Save Agriculture Day

THE All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) has urged upon the entire Indian peasantry and the people at large to observe June 5, 2014, the World Environment Day, as the ‘Save Environment, Save Agriculture Day’ as a mark of opposition against the dire environmental consequences of corporate driven capitalist development and its impact on agriculture and industry all over the world. 

GM Trials: AIKS Opposes Hasty Decision

THE All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) has condemned the decision of the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) to revalidate the field trials for ten varieties of genetically modified (GM) food crops as well as other crops in a hasty manner despite serious concerns expressed by wide sections. This decision is a bonanza given on the eve of the Lok Sabha elections to the Indian and multinational agribusinesses, and reeks of corrupt intentions. It is undemocratic and in violation of the Election Commission’s guidelines as well.

AIKS to Work against UPA, NDA

MEETING at New Delhi on March 2, 2014, the office bearers of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) discussed the state of the peasantry in India and the agrarian crisis that has been intensifying under the Congress-led UPA as well as in various states ruled by the BJP and its NDA allies. The AIKS decided to work for the defeat of the anti-peasant, anti-people and corrupt Congress-led UPA as well as the BJP-led NDA. It will also unite the peasantry against divisive communal propaganda of the BJP, RSS and their allies.

AIKS Organises March to Parliament

HUNDREDS of peasants from the states neighbouring Delhi marched to parliament on February 18 demanding remunerative prices for their produce, settlement of arrears of sugarcane farmers, against dilution of APMC Act and other related matters. A delegation including Basudeb Acharia, Saidul Haque, Hannan Mollah, Amra Ram and others submitted a detailed memorandum on the demands to the agriculture minister after the march.

Curbs Demanded on Pulse, Sugar Imports

DEMANDING remunerative prices for pulses and seeking curbs on import of pulses as well as sugar, a delegation of farmers from Karnataka met the prime minister on February 7, 2014. The delegation was accompanied by Basudeb Acharia, leader of the CPI(M) group in Lok Sabha, and Vijoo Krishnan, joint secretary of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS). Maruti Manpade (president, Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha), Basavaraj Ingin (president, Karnataka State Red Gram Growers’ Association) and Moula Mulla (leader of the AIKS, 4 Windsor Place) too were part of the delegation.

Rural Workers not to Tolerate Anti-People Policies

THIRTY-TWO members of the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the All India Agricultural Workers Union (AIAWU), that represents nearly 55 lakh organised rural workers from states as far as Punjab and Tripura to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka, met at Chennai on January 29 and 30, 2014, to discuss the unbearable conditions that have been thrust on the mass of the Indian people, eighty four crores of whom live on a paltry Rs 20 a day.

AIKS Deplores FDI in Farmland

THROUGH a statement issued from New Delhi on January 23, 2014, the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) gave expression to its deep fury and protested against the move of the UPA government to open up the sale or acquisition of agricultural land to foreign direct investment (FDI). The AIKS said it would resist this treacherous move against the sovereign interests of the nation and its people tooth and nail, by joining hands with all progressive and democratic sections of the people. The Congress led Manmohan Singh government is all set to allow foreign corporates and realtors to put the country for

CKC Resolves to Intensify Stir on Peasant Issues

THE Central Kisan Committee (CKC) of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) met at Kannur (Kerala) on December 28 and 29. This was the first meeting of the CKC after the 33rd all-India conference of the AIKS. About 50 members from different states attended the CKC meeting and discussed the serious issues faced by the peasantry. The CKC noted that the attacks on the peasantry are intensifying and, under the impact of the neo-liberal economic policies, peasants are increasingly finding agriculture to be unviable. Suicides are continuing unabated.

Why Do We Have A Price Rise?

WITH the November 2013 figure for inflation rising to a 14-month high for wholesale prices at 7.52 percent over last year, with food prices soaring to 19.93 percent and fuel and power by 11.08 percent, one need not be surprised at the disastrous defeat of the Congress in the recent elections in five states, with a fledgling party, the AAP, trouncing the Congress in Delhi and preventing the BJP from gaining a majority only reflects the anger of the people against the results of the policies favouring profiteers both by the Congress and the BJP.


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