Our correspondent from Jharkhand Saroj Kumar Rawani reports about the lack of government will in strengthening the existing system to buy farmers produce.
Rice farmers from Chatra, Jharkhand are forced to sell their harvest this season to local merchants at half of the minimum support price (MSP) guaranteed by the government.
This is due to closure of government approved markets (mandis) that opens up every harvest season. But this season, as the government has shown no interest in buying farmers produce, they have been forced to sell it at a loss to local merchants. The loss is as much as 50 percent.
Farmers across the nation have been protesting against new Farm Bills that threaten to subvert the existing system of government buying and hand over the control to private players.
Daily wage labourers and small vendors are struggling to make ends meet.
Ambulance drivers are risking their lives without any protective equipment.