Explained: What Protesting Farmers Are Demanding And Government Offers

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Procurement Initiative: Under the proposal, a fixed quantity of pulses and maize will be procured at MSP over the next five years to foster price stability, curb exploitation, and enhance agricultural sustainability.Despite four rounds of meetings between the Government of India and agitating farmers, no resolution has been reached to date. The proposals put forth by the government aim to address some of the farmers' concerns by ensuring price stability and income security in the agricultural sector.

New Delhi (ABC Live): The 2024 Indian farmers' protest, which began on the morning of February 13, 2024, is an ongoing demonstration aimed at securing the government's assurance of guaranteed floor prices or Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their crop production.

ABC Live research team reports on 2024 Indian farmers' protest as under;

Here are the demands raised by the protesting farmers and the proposals put forth by the government:

Demands Raised by Agitating Farmers:

Financial Security:

Guaranteed Income: Farmers above 60 years old are demanding a monthly pension of ₹10,000.

Minimum Wages under MGNREGA: Protesters seek fixed daily wages for agricultural work under MGNREGA, proposing ₹700 per day with a guarantee of 200 days of work annually.

Agro-Industry Integration: Farmers aim for better integration with the agro-industry to bypass intermediaries and secure direct market access through the establishment of farmer-producer organizations.

Market Support:

Legal Guarantee of MSP for All Crops: The primary demand is a legal framework guaranteeing MSP for all agricultural produce to provide stable and predictable income.

Implementation of Swaminathan Committee Recommendations: The implementation of recommendations aimed at improving farmers' income and welfare.

Other Demands: Withdrawal of cases registered during the last agitation, justice for Lakhimpur Kheri violence, ensuring at least 50 percent profit over the overall cost of production, and fulfilling the promise to double farmers' incomes.

Government Proposals:

5-Year Plan for Procurement of Pulses and Maize at MSP: The government proposes initiating a 5-year plan for the procurement of pulses and maize at MSP to assure farmers of a guaranteed price for their harvest.

Procurement Initiative: Under the proposal, a fixed quantity of pulses and maize will be procured at MSP over the next five years to foster price stability, curb exploitation, and enhance agricultural sustainability.

Despite four rounds of meetings between the Government of India and agitating farmers, no resolution has been reached to date. The proposals put forth by the government aim to address some of the farmers' concerns by ensuring price stability and income security in the agricultural sector.

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