Mysore, Apr 11 UNI | 4 months ago

The Karnataka State Sugarcane Growers Association has taken strong exception to all political parties ignoring the issues related to farmers and agricultural sector in the run upto the Lok Sabha elections in the state.

Association president Kurubur Shanthakumar alleged that none of the political parties had taken cognizance of farmers' manifesto but were instead shedding crocodile tears over the fate of Indian farmers and paying lip sympathy to their cause.

In a statement here today, the farmers, under the aegis of the Consortium of Indian Farmers' Association (CIFA), said they had recommended that the minimum support price for agricultural produce should be the actual cost of production, plus 50 per cent extra.

They also called for making the Commission for Agricultural Cost and Prices an autonomous body, and stressed the urgency for enhancing the efficiency in procurements of agricultural produce.

The farmers wanted an overhaul of the crop insurance scheme and the time taken for crop loss evaluation, and listed minimum wages, social security for farmers on the lines of government employees, pension to farmers' families, medical reimbursement to family members and Rs two lakh for farmers as some of their demands.

It was unfortunate that none of the issues raised by farmers were taken seriously by political parties who were seeking votes through money power and liquor, he pointed out.

He warned of a backlash by farmers if there was no response to their manifesto within three days.

Without mentioning Kannada litterateur and Jnanpith Award winner U R Ananthamurthy's name, he said those who had won the Jnanpith Award were embroiled in politics and seeking votes. But, they had not said a word about farmers' suicide, he added.

(Posted on 11-04-2014)