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PTI Last Updated at 06 Aug 2018, 16:08 IST India

An umbrella body of 182 farmers'

organisations today expressed dismay over the Minimum Support

Price declared for Kharif crops by the Centre recently.

The Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh said that Centre's MSP

formula was not based on the C2+50 (comprehensive cultivation

cost plus 50 per cent) recommendation made by the National

Commission on Farmers headed by M S Swaminathan.

The RKM's core committee member Jagjit Singh

Dallewala, while addressing a press conference here, said that

the Union government had failed to keep its promise of basing

the MSP on the formula recommended by the Swaminathan


"We were promised by the Centre during social activist

Anna Hazare's fast in Delhi that the farmers would be provided

C2+50 formula (comprehensive cultivation cost plus 50 per

cent) as suggested in the Swaminathan (Commission) report. The

same was promised by the BJP during the 2014 elections but it

has not been fulfilled," Dallewala said.

He, along with the RKM's convener Shivkumar Sharma

Kakkaji, are in the city as part of the organisation's "Kisan

Adhikar Yatra" which began on July 26 from Jammu and Kashmir

and will culminate at Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu on August 26.

Dallewala, who is also the state president, Bhartiya

Kisan Union Ekta (Sidhupur), Punjab, said the yatra was being

held to demand farm loan waivers as well as the right MSP for


He claimed that farmer suicides were on the rise and

immediate steps needed to be taken to mitigate the agrarian

crisis in the country.

Speaking at the press meet, Kakkaji said that the RKM

had no political affiliation and would help the forces that

helped farmers.

He said the yatra was not to appeal for votes but to

raise issues of farmers.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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