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Farmers across various Indian states stage protest against the Union Government

Published: August 9, 2018

STORY: Various state and national level peasant fronts of the Communist Party of India and trade unions across different Indian states, on Thursday (August 09) held protests against the Union government of the country demanding loan waiver and more subsidies on essential facilities, among other issues.

The protest was led by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), apart from Himachal Kisan Sabha against the union government’s anti-farmer and anti-labourer policies.

Reports said that the protesters alleged that the Narendra Modi led government had failed to fulfill its promises of waiving farmer loans and providing pension and proper wages to labourers and therefore, they were protesting to fulfill the promises made by the government.

During the protest, in India’s hill town Shimla hundreds of protesters were also detained by the state police. The farmers are demanding the implementation of the recommendations made by Swaminathan Commission, a National Commission on Farmers constituted in 2004. It will address the nationwide calamity of farmer suicides, implementation of Minimum Support Price (MSP) that will help to incentivize the farmers report and other subsidies.

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