Farmers in distress

Once again the farmers have been forced to hit the street to fight for their rights. 10 days farmers protest began today in seven states, including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Named “Gaon Bandh”, the demonstration is being held to demand a complete loan waiver, minimum support price for their yield and an assurance of permanent minimum income from the government. The Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh (RKM), a federation of 130 farmer organisations, which is spearheading the protests, made it clear that farmers will not supply any vegetables and dairy produce to the cities for the next 10 days.
The protest is expected to cause trouble to the citizens. With farmers refusing to supply fresh items to the market the prices of vegetables, fresh fruits and milks are expected to rise. Even though such a massive protest broke out, not many in the media is reporting about it. Barring few, majorities of so-called national media is completely ignoring the protest of the farming communities. This is sad and is against the spirit of democracy. In the recent year farmers have been repeatedly forced to hit the streets to fight for the justice. Though union government claims itself to be pro-farmer but the farming community seems to have different opinion. The government should listen to the grievances of farmers as they are the backbone of the country. Let them be in their fields and not in the streets.