Sanghatana leaders decide to continue with farmers agitation
The leaders of three Shetkari Sanghatanas today unanimously decided to continue the ongoing farmers agitation for first installment of Rs 3,000 per tonne for sugar cane for new crushing season instead of Rs 2,500 per tonne as announced by Maharashtra minister Jayant Patil on November 19.
A decision to this effect was taken by Shetkari Sanghatana (Sharad Joshi Group), Shetkari Sanghatana (Raghunathdada Pail Group) and Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (led by MP Raju Shetty) in a Shetkari Parishad (farmers conference) held at Bhave Natyagrah in city this evening.
Mr Joshi said that a new agitation will begin from November 28 till December 12 for demand of accepting the recommendation of C Rangarajan Committee. He said that workers of three Sanghatanas will take out padyatras and morchas at various places in the state for this demand.
He further said that it was also decided to start sit-in from December 13 in front of Mahatma Gandhi Statue at Parliament in Delhi.
Mr Joshi also said that three Sanghatana workers would not in any way obstruct sugarcane cutting works but would not allow trucks loaded with sugar from coming out of factory, he said.
Besides Mr Joshi, Sadabhau Khot, state unit president of SSS, Raghunathdada Patil, president of Shetkari Sanghatana (Patil group) and other leaders of three Sanghatanas and farmers from three districts attended the parishad. Mr Shetty, however, could not attend it.