JVM-P farmers wing to launch indefinite hunger strike
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 21:34
Ranchi: The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantric) today said its farmers’ wing, Kishan Morcha, would launch an indefinite hunger strike from August 26 to put pressure on the government to declare Jharkhand as famine hit instead of drought hit.

"We have repeatedly urged and gave memorandum to Governor M O H Farooq demanding Jharkhand be declared as famine-hit. But our requests fell on deaf ears and the state was declared as drought-hit instead of announcing it as famine-hit," JVM-P’s principal general secretary Pradip Yadav told at a news conference here.

"Our Kishan Morcha will launch an indefinite hunger strike from August 26 to put pressure on the government to convert its decision into famine-hit," he added.

He warned that if the government would ignore their hunger strike then the party would chalk out its next course of action in the interest of the farming community and the poor.

"Jharkhand meets all the guidelines under famine code like two successive years of drought, migration, shortage of fodder for cattle heads, black marketing of grains and increase in crime," claimed Yadav and demanded the visiting Central team to meet all the political leaders to take their views on Jharkhand situation emerging out of scanty rainfall.

The officials of the central team would visit several districts to take stock of the situation after the state declared it as drought-hit on Monday.

The JMM, the RJD and the left parties have already opined that the state deserved to be declared as famine-hit and demanded that the Centre should announce a special financial package to save the ‘distressed farmers’.


First Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 21:34

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