Over 100 farmers Association in central and North Indian states which come under the umbrella of Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh is on strike from 1st June to 10th June 2018. Their main demands are complete loan waiver, higher prices for their produce, and implementation of the MS Swaminathan Committee recommendations. Another reason for this Gaon bandh is to commemorate the last year's Mandsaur village killings. Margdarshak for the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh is former union minister Yashwant Sinha, who recently quit BJP.
The farmers are staging protests in Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Kerala. The strike had an impact on prices of agricultural products as the vegetable and fruits prices are increasing sharply in cities. They are protesting in villages without creating any nuisances to public.
Farmers are dumping their products on roads in order to curb the supply of their products to cities. They wanted to limit the supply, in order to increase the prices of their products. The farmers simply seek the attention of the administrators. They are not satisfied with the central government, as it failed to implement the promises made by Prime Minister Modiji during election.
According to the Economic Survey of India 2018, the incomes of the Indian farmers is stagnant for the last 3 years. But the cost of living and inflation is in increasing trend.
The problems of Indian farmers are draught, increasing cost of agricultural labors, increasing prices of pesticides and fertilizers , non availability of agricultural labors , less procurement price fixed by government, lack of storage's to store the perishable agricultural products and so on.
India is a agricultural country. But our neither state nor union government is doing enough to stop farmers suicide. The priority of the central and state government should be the betterment of farmers as they are the backbone of our economy.