(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
10 , 2008
AIKS Extends Support To August
20 General Strike
THE All India Kisan Sabha has
extended full support to the general strike called by trade unions on
August 20, 2008 against the neo-liberal and pro-MNC policies of the UPA
In a statement issued on August,
06, 2008 AIKS general secretary K Varadha Rajan announced that the AIKS
will organise independent and joint actions on the same day in
support of following burning demands of peasantry, agricultural
workers, working class, employees and other sections of
- Amend Loan waiver scheme to
cover the needy by raising the limit to 5 hectares, covering dry and
rainfed lands in all the districts, fixing cut-off date at February 29,
2008; grant adequate credit to farmers at 4 per cent interest and take
appropriate measures to write-off loans given by private
- Reduce prices of inputs like
fertiliser, seeds, pesticides etc and make it available to farmers in
- Strengthen procurement and pay
remunerative prices as MSP for all the agricultural produces.
- Strengthen PDS, make it
universal and control prices of all consumer goods.
- Enact & introduce
Comprehensive Crop Insurance Scheme immediately to cover all types of
spurious seeds, fertilisers, pesticides and natural calamities.
- Proper implementation of NREGA
and Forest (Tribal) Right Act.
- Enact and introduce central
legislation for agricultural workers and provide house- sites to
all the needy and landless.
- Impose Quantitative-Restrictions
on import of agricultural produces.
- Increase public investment in
agricultural sector so as to provide good infrastructure, cheap power,
irrigation, inputs, cold storage, transportation etc.
- Stop reckless approval of SEZ,
corporate and contract farming.
The AIKS state units would be
adding their local and burning demands and organise actions like rasta
roko and rail roko etc. synchronising with the general strike of
working class and employees and make the August 20 general strike
a complete success.