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New Delhi: Farmers will observe MSP guarantee week from April 11 to 17. Public awareness campaign will be launched by organizing dharnas, demonstrations and seminars across the country. Despite all the claims, farmers are forced to sell their crops at less than the MSP. Even after four months of the government’s assurance, a committee has not been formed on MSP.

MSP Guarantee Week is being organized under the aegis of United Kisan Morcha. Under this program, public awareness campaigns will be conducted at various places urging the government to make Minimum Support Price (MSP) a legal right of the farmers. The announcement of this program was made at a meeting of the United Kisan Morcha in Delhi on March 14.

It is worth noting that even before the march started in Delhi in November 2020, the United Kisan Morcha had raised the demand for a legal guarantee of the minimum support price. This demand was reiterated in every discussion of the 11 rounds of talks with the government. This demand is in accordance with the recommendation of the Farmers Commission of the Government of India (Swaminathan Commission), the report submitted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself as the Chief Minister of Gujarat and the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP). this government. Despite promising to get one and a half times the price to the farmer in the 2014 elections, the Modi government went back on its promise.

United Kisan Morcha would like to remind that on November 19, 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repeal of anti-farmer laws and announced the formation of a committee to look into MSP and other issues. This was also mentioned in the assurance letter of the government. But today even after four months have passed, the government has not constituted the committee. The government had sent a verbal message to the United Kisan Morcha on March 22 to suggest some names for the committee. But, after the Morcha demanded a written explanation about the constitution of the committee, its chairmanship, its TOR (terms of reference) and tenure, the government has again remained silent. Obviously the intention of the government on this question is not clear.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha has also refuted the misconception that farmers are getting higher price than MSP on all crops this season. Wheat prices had increased due to the Ukraine war, yet the price of wheat did not exceed the official MSP ₹ 2,015 in the first week of April in most of the mandis of the country. Wheat is being sold at low prices in many mandis of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. In Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, chana is selling well below the MSP of Rs 5,230. Bajra, Karnataka’s staple crop, is selling at Rs 2,500 or so, much lower than the MSP of Rs 3,377. Same is the case with Kusum. Arhar, urad and winter paddy are also being sold below MSP. (All these figures have been taken from the government’s website agrimarknet in the first week of April). The United Kisan Morcha has appealed to farmers and farmers’ organizations across the country to organize at least one program in their respective districts from April 11 to 17 to start preparations for the nationwide agitation on MSP.