AIKS and AIAWU writes to PM Modi seeking relief to poor farmers


Hyderabad: Ashok Dhawale,President, All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and A.Vijayaraghavan, President, All India Agricultural Workers Union (AIAWU) in a letter to the Prime Minister on Thursday wanted him to ensure immediate financial allocation for food and livelihood support to farmers and farm workers affected by 21 day lockdown.

The Central Government’s decision of lockdown and the measures are going to impact rural economy in general and agrarian economy in particular very badly. “Standing crop worth thousands of crores is ready for harvesting. But the restriction imposed by State Governments and the Central Government is going to make the task of harvesting impossible in many parts of the country,” they said.

Agricultural workers are also deprived of work and wages in such a circumstance. The livelihood opportunities for agricultural workers and the investment on crops made by farmers are at stake. Many sectors like dairy, vegetables, floriculture, fisheries, poultry, meat, animal farms etc also are facing severe losses. The daily-wage workers in various sectors also are losing their job and earnings due to the lockdown thus putting the daily sustenance of their families in peril, they wrote.

Both the associations demanded a grant Rs.3,50,000 crore to provide Rs. 5000 as assistance for one month food and livelihood security to 70 crore adult citizens. Free ration of all provisions to all households for six months. Harvest of standing crops as an essential service like Kerala has done, revoke lockdown and provide farmers and agricultural workers protection for the same.

“Provide harvesting equipments and supply seed for the coming season free of cost. They demanded central government to invoke unemployment benefit clause under MGNREGA to pay allowances for agricultural workers losing work due to lockdown,” they urged the Prime Minister.

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