Kisan Sabha asked for guarantee of C-2 based support price

Raipur. Chhattisgarh Kisan Sabha, affiliated to All India Kisan Sabha, has demanded the announcement of support price of one and a half times the C-2 cost for all crops in the last budget during its tenure to be presented by the Modi government tomorrow. This was the election promise of BJP in the year 2014, which has not been fulfilled by the BJP government till now. This was also the main demand of the farmers’ movement that lasted for 15 months, which was ended after Modi gave a written guarantee to fulfill it. Kisan Sabha has said that if the Modi government does not fulfill its guarantee, then the farmers in the state will launch a campaign “No Vote for BJP in the Lok Sabha Elections.”

In a statement issued here today, Chhattisgarh Kisan Sabha convenor Sanjay Parate has said that the support price declared by the Modi government is based on A-2, whereas the country’s farmers are demanding for legally guaranteed one and a half times the support price of C-2 cost, which has been recommended by the Swaminathan Commission.

He said that the C-2 based support price for paddy in the year 2023-24 was Rs 4234 per quintal, whereas the BJP state government in Chhattisgarh has announced to purchase it at the rate of Rs 3100 per quintal with input subsidy. If the average productivity is considered to be 25 quintals per acre, then the farmers of the state are facing a loss of Rs 28350 per acre in one season. Therefore, the country’s farmer movement is not demanding any privilege by demanding support price of one and a half times the C-2 cost. Farmers are only demanding compensation for their loss, without which it has become difficult for them to survive, their income is continuously falling, they are getting trapped in the quagmire of debt and are forced to commit suicide to protect their honour. 

The Kisan Sabha leader said that BJP is promoting the so-called Modi guarantee in the entire country. Now it remains to be seen whether even after ten years, Modi fulfills his election promises and written assurances in this budget or not. Parate said that if the Modi government does not fulfill its guarantee, then the Kisan Sabha along with other organizations in the state will run a campaign “No Vote for BJP in the Lok Sabha Elections”.

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