Monday, February 28, 2011

Farmers plan siege of Delhi - March 9, 2011!

Farmers of BKU from North Indian states as well as farmers of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala  etc will be mobilizing in New Delhi on the 9th March.

Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Mahendra Singh Tikait has said that the farmers would “lay a siege” to the national capital on March 9 to press for various demands, including amendment in the Land Acquisition Act.

Addressing a meeting of farmers in Sisauli near here on Wednesday, Mr. Tikait said the farmers, under the banner of BKU, would stage dharnas in Delhi and block national highways at Sonepat, Rohtak, Palwal and Madola alongside the Delhi border.

The BKU president asked the farmers to prepare for a “final battle” in support of their demands, including amendment in the Land Acquisition Act.
Dharmendra Malik
Bhartiya Kisan Union
Here is another article on this from the Hindu:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Indian Farmers movements denounce India's pre-budget consultations

The Indian Coordination Committee of Famers Movements
La Via Campesina – Globalize Struggle! Globalize Hope!

Press Release, Feb 2, 2011

The Indian Coordination Committee of Famers Movements (ICCFM)  is greatly disappointed at the pre-budget consultations conducted by the Finance Minister which did not care to invite genuine farmers organizations. Instead fake farmers leaders from organizations that claim to represent millions of India's farmers and civil society were invited. The ICCFM is a body of non partisan and grassroots mass based farmers social movements which have been struggling on the ground for farmers rights. Their famous struggles are around blocking the unjust agriculture agreements of the WTO, increasing the MSP (Minimum support Price), stopping unjust and violent land acquisitions of agricultural lands and increasing compensation to farmers, stopping undemocratic field trials of GMOs. They are the most genuine farmers representatives made by and for farmers and not by other affiliations like the industry or political parties.

Yet the government has chosen to ignore such peoples organizations in its consultations on the budget. This has been happening repeatedly over the last couple of years. The ICCFM has been asking for reforms on the budget for a long time, they have requested a separate agricultural budget, more support for sustainable farming practices, direct subsidies to small farmers as well as their longest standing demands such as a scientifically calculated MSP need to be heard by the government before formulating its budget. However such demands have been blocked out by the exclusive nature of the consultations.

The ICCFM is extremely disappointed with the pre-budget consultations and commits to continue its struggles on the streets to protect Indian farmers rights. It is time for the government to show some genuine commitment to democracy by involving real stakeholders.

Signed by:
Ch Mahinder Singh Tikait, Bhartiya Kisan Union
Yudhvir Singh, Bhartiya Kisan Union, Delhi
Rakesh Tikait, Bhartiya Kisan Union, UP
Gurnam Singh, Bhartiya Kisan Union, Haryana
Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, Bhartiya Kisan Union, Punjab
Jagdish Singh, Bhartiya Kisan Union, M.P.
Sukhdev Singh Gill, Bhartiya Kisan Union, Himachal Pradesh
Vijay Jawandhia, Shetkari Sangh, Maharashtra
Kodiahalli Chandra Sekher , Karnataka Rajya Ryotha Sangha (KRRS) , Karnataka
P.Raveendranath,Kerala Coconut Farmers Association( KCFA), Kerela
Nallagounder, Uzhavar Ulaippalar Katchi, Tamil Nadu Farmers Association, Tamil Nadu

For more information please contact Mr Yudhvir Singh at 9868146405

Bangladesh: New Committee formed in Kamrangirchar

01.jpg27 Jan 2011, Bangladeh: BKF organized an activist meeting in its central office to form a Kamrangirchar unit committee. Kamrangirchar is an area under the capital-Dhaka city. The Meeting formed a new committee of 14 members.