While addressing the concerns of farmers, the social activist Anna Hazare warned that ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’ will be started across the nation. He said that the Andolan will be started at the end of his three-month countrywide tour from April.
“I will tour 10 states and address people there. We have to raise the farmers questions and ask what is the condition of the farmers today even after 68 years of achieving the Independence,” he said while addressing the KMSS conference.
Hazare was addressing the biennial conference of Krishak Mukti Sangram Parishad and demanded a separate Krishi Ayog for the farmers. The activist believes that a separate ayog would be a definitive step to stop the farmers’ suicide.
Revoking the Modi Government, he asked the whereabouts of the much hyped and promised ‘ ache din’ saying that the ache din have come only for the rich whereas the common people and farmers haven’t witnessed any ‘ ache din’.
He expressed concern over the fact that only the middlemen keep changing, and the pitiable situation of farmers remains unchanged and asserted for a change in this.
He threw light on the fact that till now no land mapping has been done in our nation whereas there should be clear classification of land to enable only agriculturally useless land to be leased for industrial purpose.
“Fill up the jails and leave no place vacant in the jails. Going to jail for our society and country is our ornament,” Hazare exhorted the people.
“”We are not happy with the role of the government in the Land Acquisition Bill. Irrigated land is given to industrialists. Earlier which ever farmer’s land is acquired by government, permission of 80 per cent of the people in the village is required. But this government has removed that. No difference with the pre-Independence colonial power,” he said.