Special Parliament session sought to discuss farm crisis

New Delhi: A special session of Parliament is needed to discuss the agrarian crisis, farmer leaders from the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee told President Ram Nath Kovind during a meeting on Monday.

“While the country can have a midnight special session for GST, don’t the farmers of the country, who have been sacrificing their lives to ensure food security of the country, deserve this special session to save their lives?” said a memorandum submitted to the President by an 18-member delegation of the AIKSCC, an umbrella platform for 193 farmers’ organisations.

The AIKSCC delegation also presented the President with the two private members’ Bills regarding farm loan waivers and guaranteed minimum support prices, which they wish to discuss in the special session. The Bills were drafted after a series of consultations with farmers fora across the country, and have been fine-tuned in consultation with 21 political parties which have expressed their support, according to the memorandum.

“We told the President about the precedent set by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in December 2003, when they had called for a special session after the death of three sugarcane farmers,” said AIKSCC leader V.M. Singh after the meeting.

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