As Congress began its nationwide campaign against the Centre for passing the farm bills during the monsoon session of Parliament, the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee today announced its strategies for the upcoming protests.
From Kisaan mazdoor bachaw diwas to signature campaign, Congress will organize a month long campaign to reach out to every nook and corner of the state.
Addressing media persons on Thursday, Congress spokesperson Zenith Sangma said no minimum support price is mentioned in the bill even as he raised a series of other issues.
“No minimum support price has been mentioned it is silent that means it will paved the way for the big corporate houses to exploit , to monopoly,” Zenith said adding, “There can be hoarding of the essential commodities , there may be artificial creation of crisis and also lots of other malpractices, therefore, by forcing this congress party is insisting upon government of India to include a clause wherein a minimum support price for the crops will be mentioned.”
Zenith spoke about the issue of farmer’s suicide which has awaken the Nation. He said, ” there will be lots of agony pain amongst the farmers we can see from the past from 2014-19 more than 67,000 farmers have committed suicide that means one farmer is committing suicide every hour, farmers are the backbone of the nation.”
Alleging that no state was consulted about the bill, the Congress spokesperson said, “They are the main people who are supplying food grains to the whole nation, this farmers and markets are the state subject, without consulting any state the govt has forcibly passed this bill, without consulting with anyone any stakeholder representatives from farmers association they have passed the bill.”
The AICC secretary also said, “Without respecting the essence of the federal structure of the country they have passed the bill for whose interest? It will be a handful of corporate houses that will benefit from this eventually.”
Hitting at the chief minister, Conrad Sangma and his government for supporting the bill, Zenith said, “I don’t know what is the finding of the chief minister in welcoming and supporting this bill. Maybe he has not gone into the contents of the bill or else just to please or be in the good book of his godfather Narendra Modi, CM supported the bill.”