Farmers Launch 10-Day 'Gaon Bandh' Strike From Today, To Stop Supply To Mandis

| June 1 , 2018 , 09:18 IST

Farmers under the banner of Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh, an umbrella body with around 130 farmers organisations under it, have launched a 10-day nationwide strike from Friday, which will continue till June 10.

So far, farmers from the states of  Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana have confirmed their participation in the “Gaon Bandh” (village blockade) agitation. During the strike, farmers will stop supply of vegetables, fruits and milk to mandis and cities, demanding better prices of produce.  

“Farmers from northern and central India will not supply vegetables, fruits, milk and other crops from June 1 till June 10. We will not go to cities to supply their produce. Farmers will take a ten-day holiday,” Bhartiya Kisan Union president Balbir Singh Rajewal said.

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According to Chief of Aam Kisan Union Kedar Sirohi, more than 150 farmers organisations are supporting the agitation.

“The agitation enjoys the support of more than 150 farmers organisation. Besides, all 50 Panchayats of the state have also announced to fight for the rights of farmers. The government responds to the rightful demands of the farmers with lathis and bullets," said Sirohi to IANS.

"June 6 is a black day for farmers. Nothing will be supplied by villages to cities for the next 10 days, neither will anything be brought from the cities during the period,” he said.

Apart from better prices for produce, the farmers are also demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report and waiver of loans. The new agitation has also been reportedly influenced by the rampant increase in fuel prices.

Meanwhile, BJP leader and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has blamed the Congress for the farmers' strike and said that the BJP in the states has been working for the welfare of the farmers.