Why are farmers protesting again?

Syllabus: GS-III

Subject: Economy

Topic: Agriculture and Allied Sector

Issue: Minimum Support Price (MSP)

Reason behind farmer’s protest:

  • The primary concern of the protesting farmers is that no law on MSP has been enacted yet.
  • The government should clarify whether the MSP they proposed is based on the A2+FL+ 50% method (input cost and family labour) or at the rate of C2 (input cost and rent of the land)+50%.
  • Other demands include:
  • A complete loan waiver for the farmers and farm labour,
  • A monthly pension for 58-year-old farmers/farm labourers,
  • Withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill, 2020,
  • Reintroduction of the Land Acquisition Act, 2013 to ensure farmers consent and compensation at four times the collector rate,
  • 200 days of employment annually at a daily wage of ₹700 under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act etc.
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