New Delhi (Sputnik) — Indian farmers have warned of stronger agitation if their demands for a waiver of loans and the implementation of recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission are not made at the earliest.
The Swaminathan Commission was formed in 2004 by the government of India to find solutions to the problems faced by farmers. Consequently, the commission made a number of recommendations, but the government is yet to implement them.
The protests are most active in the northern states of Punjab, Haryana Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and the central states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Chhatisgarh.
— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) June 2, 2018
— Vishweshwar Bhat (@VishweshwarBhat) June 4, 2018
Some farmers have complained that the organizers of the protest forcefully confiscated their produce and threw them on the streets.
Vegetables Of This Farmers Was Thrown On The Road Yday By Kisaan Union.— ☬ SINGH ਸਿੰਘ ☬ 🇮🇳 (@HatindersinghR) June 3, 2018
He Is Saying That Protestors Are Forcefully Throwing Vegetables And Milk.
He Is A Poor Farmer And Daily Takes His Vegetables To Market.
If You Have To Protest Do It But Don't Force Others To Join.#farmers pic.twitter.com/uojlqmjCAC
Congress goons stop the farmers and throw away their produce forcibly. pic.twitter.com/MZb5nMPAmO— Govinda Zavar (@zGovinda) June 4, 2018
Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has stirred up controversy by remarking that the farmers are doing what they are doing to hog the media limelight.
"There are around 12 to 14 crore farmers in the country. It is normal for any farmer's organizations to have one to two thousand farmers and they are doing to get the media attention," Minister Radha Mohan Singh was quoted by local media as saying.