New Delhi: Today is the sixth day of the ongoing farmers’ protest across several states. Farmers in various parts of India launched a 10-day Gaon Bandh (rural shutdown) on June 1 to press their demands.Their demands include a loan waiver, higher prices for their produce and immediate implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report. As part of the protest, farmers have been dumping milk, vegetables and other farm produce on roads and blocked supplies to cities. The agitation has deeply affected the locals of various states. There have been reports about shortage in the supply of milk and vegetables which also led to the rise in prices in some urban areas while their supply remained normal in others.
Today, Congress president Rahul Gandhi will meet family members of the farmers killed in police firing during an agitation in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh on the first anniversary of the incident and address a farmers’ rally. Mr Gandhi is scheduled to fly to Mandsaur this afternoon. He would address the “kisan rally” at Khokhra (Pipliya Mandi) in the district.
Here are the live updates of the ongoing Farmers’ Protest:
A meeting of leaders of different farmers’ organisations took place in Ludhiana yesterday, after which farmers in Punjab decide to end their stir from today.
Farmer organisations have been demanding minimum income guarantee scheme, implementation of Swaminathan Commission report and waiver of farmers’ debt.
They also blocked the Bhopal-Vidisha road, disrupting traffic for at least three hours on the busy stretch.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address the Kisan Samriddhi Sankalp Rally in Mandsaur to mark the first anniversary of the brutal crackdown on farmers by the BJP Govt in Madhya Pradesh. pic.twitter.com/IWUHAhLX88
– Congress (@INCIndia) June 6, 2018