Agrarian Issues

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.

AIKS Flays India’s Abject Surrender

THROUGH a statement issued from New Delhi on December 7, 2013 by its president, Amra Ram, and general secretary, Hannan Mollah, the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) has flayed the abject surrender at the WTO ministerial by the commerce minister of the government of India. The organisation has demanded that the government refrain from accepting the provisions of the unequal ministerial decision on public stockholding for food security purposes without discussion with and approval of the Indian states and parliament.

Free Market Policy Leads to Sugar Crisis

THROUGH a statement issued from New Delhi on November 30, 2013, the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) strongly demanded that the UPA government take immediate steps to resolve the ongoing sugar crisis prevailing in the sugar producing states.
In this regard the AIKS has suggested some immediate measures which it said the government must take;

1) Reverse the implementation of Rangarajan committee recommendations.

2) Enhance the import tax on sugar to 40 percent from the current 15 percent in order to arrest the cheap import of sugar by traders and refineries.

This Week in Parliament

TO this concluding week of parliament session the government came with a number of bills in both houses, keeping in view the forthcoming election. The food security bill, already passed in Lok Sabha, was taken up in Rajya Sabha on September 2.

On September 3 the prime minister made a statement in Rajya Sabha on the investigation of coal block allocations by the CBI. There was a hue and cry in the house on the issue of missing files, with Sitaram Yechury, leader of CPI(M) group in the house, suggesting that the government must procure the files from the CAG and also file an FIR.


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