Raj farmers call off strike


Farmers’ representatives and government officials reached an agreement on Wednesday night.

The Vasundhara Raje government has agreed to waive loans up to Rs 50,000 and has constituted a committee to examine the total size of the farm waiver package.

Talks with govt

The announcement came after farmers’ groups and government representatives held talks for 11 hours. The government-appointed panel would look into 
loan waiver process in other states.

“We have currently agreed for the loan waiver,” said Prabhulal Saini, state agriculture minister.

“We will address other demands after the committee’s report.”

Farmers withdrew their strike soon after the announcement.

They asked for a total loan waiver of Rs 49,500 crore, but the government said the loan as per records amounted to 
Rs 19,700 crore only.

The farmers also asked for implementation of the Swaminathan committee recommendations which say they should be paid 50% more than the MSP for the produce.

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