Agrarian

Chakka Jam Across Bihar


A statewide chakka jam was held across Bihar on 18 February 2021 in respinse to the call given by AIKSCC for a countrywide chakka jam in support of the ongoing farmers' struggle. The demands made through the chakka jam are: repeal of the 3 farm laws, withdrawal of Electricity Bill 2020, guarantee of MSP and arrest of RSS-Bajrang Dal members who attacked farmers sitting on dharna at Muzaffarpur.

Peasants Asks GM Crops, Land Grab to Quit India

On 9th August, Quit India Day, peasants all over the country, on the call of the All India Kisan Mahasabha, protested against the Government’s move to approve GM seeds and to roll back crucial and hard-won protections in the Land Acquisition Act. Subsequently, the approval for GM field trials has been put on hold, but the Government’s intentions to promote corporate interests over farmers’ interests is clear.

Rallies and public meetings were organized at Udaipur, Pratapgarh, Jhunjhunu, Jaipur and Ajmer in Rajasthan.

All India Kisan Mahasabha Holds Dharna at Parliament Street

AIKM held a protest dharna at Parliament Street in the National Capital on 30 September to highlight various demands of peasants, particularly protection of farmers’ lands and addressing agrarian crisis. It demanded withdrawal of anti-peasant policies and to enact a land protection legislation, replacing recently passed land acquisition act. A memorandum was sent to the Prime Minister through this dharna.

AIALA Third National Conference: A Resounding Success

As the delegates and other activists started arriving in the city of Ballia for the Third National Conference of AIALA, the city suddenly shook itself awake in surprise at the red wave in town. It was clear that Ballia was witnessing an assertion of the politics of the working classes indeed after a very long time, and many individuals and forces friendly to the Left, including the local leadership of CPI and CPI(M) came to express solidarity.

Two Years of NREGA: A Great Betrayal of the Poor

On the basis of a random sample survey of 1000 job-cards at a Convention of many thousands of card-holders of Darbhanga, Samastipur and Muzaffarpur, it was found that even after the completion of almost two financial years, around 65% families did not get jobs even for a single day. In the case of the 35% families who did get jobs, 3 to 5 times the number of actual man-days of work were falsely entered on their job cards, based on forged muster rolls. Those who got jobs were paid only Rs. 30 to 60 per day in contrast to the minimum wages of Rs. 75 (now Rs. 82) per day.