Lucknow: Notwithstanding Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s assurances regarding the new Farm Bills, several farmers’ organisations in the state have expressed their resolve to join the nationwide protest on September 25.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) president, Rakesh Tikait, who met the Chief Minister along with five other members from different unions this morning, told reporters that his organisation will be part of the protest.
Claiming that the today’s meeting with the CM was on different issues, Mr Tikait said that his organisation totally supports the countrywide agitation by the farmers over the new Agriculture Bills passed by Parliament.
Though the CM has given assurance for purchase on not less than the MSP, Farm bill brought by Centre is anti-farmers, he alleged.
Kisan Sangh, another farmers organisation in UP with significant hold in tarai region has also extended its support to protest.
Meanwhile, the CM in his interaction with the farmers, announced that the MSP would not end and said that now the farmers will have a dual benefit either to sell on the MSP or on higher prices in the market, which ever suits them.
He also announced that the new sugarcane crushing season would commence from October 15 in the western parts of the state and October 25 in rest of the state with directing the officials to ensure that by that time all the farmer’s dues are cleared by the sugar mills.
The CM said that already over 3000 paddy purchase centres have been set up in the state though there are just 825 blocks.” If the farmers want then more purchase centres could be opened”, he said.
When the delegation raised the issue of more facilities in the Mandis, the CM said that his government was open to any suggestions and ready to do whatever required for the benefit of the farmers.
The meeting which lasted for around 45 minutes at the CM residence, also discussed in detail about the problems of the farmers too.