Several farmer organisations from Gujarat have announced a five-day protest in Gandhi nagar to press for their demands for debt waiver, payment of crop insurance, Narmada water allocation and a host of other issues. "Not only the government of Gujarat is not paying attention, (it) even does not allow us to speak or demonstrate! To obtain permission for any sort of programme is very difficult. In such circumstances, 30-35 leaders of various farmers' organisations met at office of Khedut Samaj â€" Gujarat and decided to stage a protest from March 12 to March 16," Sagar Rabari, general secretary, Khedut Samaj, said in a statement.
He said that despite repeated written presentations to the government of Gujarat on various issues concerning farmers in the state, including account of Narmada water or of work done on Kalpsar, debt waiver or payments of crop insurance, minimum support price (MSP), different rates of electricity to agriculture connection or free electricity for agriculture use like in other states and cancellation of anti-farmers act/policies of the GOG, it has not taken any action yet. Among the organisations that are expected to be part of this five-day protest include the Khedut Samaj-Gujarat, Gujarat Kisan Sangathan and the Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sabha. Various organisations in the state have been seeking farm debt waiver of farmers in the state, that is estimated at Rs 70,000 crore.