Shimla/ March 24
The state committee of Himachal Kissan Sabha and Himachal Seb Utpadak(Apple Growers) Sangh have extended support to the the ongoing agitations of the farmers in the different parts of the state. Himachal Kisan Sabha, state president Kuldip Singh Tanwar and Himachal Seb Utpadak Sangh, president Rakesh Singha while addressing the media here on Saturday informed that the two farmers organizations have decided to work for the success of the Rally to be organized in Rampur and Nirmond on April 10 and the indefinite “Ghera Dalo – Dera Dalo” action of the Kissans on the acute problem of cooking gas and non avilablity of fertilizers in Theog area from April 25 onwards.
They alleged that the BJP state Government was totally insensitive to the growing problems of the farmers and it was evident from the recent suicide committed by Mohar Singh a Dalit kissan of Bhoranj Tehsil of Hamirpur district.
Both alleged that it was shocking that the Kissans of Theog have been on chain hunger strike since the last one month from February 22, but no Government agency has bothered to even look towards them .
The two farmers organization has stated that certain influential officers of the civil supplies corporation have converted it into a den of corruption.
Tanwar alleged that the modus operendi of fleecing the consumers has been multipronged. Under which the shortage of the supply of the LPG cylinders was being created and then these were selling it in black ranging from Rs 500 to Rs. 900 per cylinder.The farmers organization have demanded a high level judicial enquiry into the LPG scam going on openly, without any fear in the Theog gas agency.
The farmers organizationstated that both the central and state Governments have conspired to break the backbone of the Kissans. This is the major reason of the increase in suicide cases in the country and now this phenomena has begin in Himachal also, they added.
“It is shocking the state budget allocation in the annual plan for 2012-13 for agriculture and allied sectors is a mere 12.98 percent while the share of agriculture and animal husbandry in the state domestic product was 15.81 percent for 2010-11. This has been reduced from 26.5 percent in 1990-91. This fact indicates the intensification of the agrarian crises in the state which is being sponsored by the successive state Governments,” they added.The two farmers organizations stated that in the days ahead the local struggles of the Kissans will be intensified on all issues which effect the farmers adversely which increases his cost of production and reduces the prices of the farm commodities produced by them.