(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 15, 2009
Kisan Sabha Conference Focuses on Small Peasants, Tenants
A Prasad Rao
“SAVE the Peasant, Save
Agriculture, Save India” was
the clarion call given by the three-day 19th state conference of the
Pradesh Rythu Sangham (APRS), a unit of the All India Kisan Sabha
conference, held from November 7 to 9 at Bhimavaram in
The conference started with an
impressive rally in
which thousands of peasants participated. The rally culminated in a
meeting attended by a very large public outpouring the venue. The venue
decorated with flags, buntings and banners of all sectoral state
functioning under the APRS. Ansuri Rahman,
AIKS general secretary K Varadharajan, in his address at the rally, dealt with the ongoing spate of farmers’ suicides in the country and explained how these could be prevented by a change of policy direction from away from the LPG. Dealing with impending dangers to the food security for the people and the safety of peasant farming owing to the WTO-World Bank policies and the Indo-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement being implemented by the UPA government, through hastening of implementation of the second generation ‘reform’ policies, highlighted the need to build a massive movement against these policies. This must involve the working class, youth, students, teachers and other democratic elements, in order to save the peasants, save agriculture and save the country from imperialist forces and their cohorts in the ruling classes in our country.
The conference started with a welcome note by R Satyanarayana Raju, executive president of the reception committee. AIPS president Vangala Subba Rao presided over the conference.
In his message to the
conference, K Varadharajan
stressed the importance of building a united mass peasant movement to
peasantry, agriculture sector and the country from the MNCs and global
capital. He wished success for organisation of the all-India AIKS
raternal delegates from state committees of AP Rythu Sangham (Amrutha Estate), AP Vyavasaya Karmika Sangham, CITU, AP Rural Artisans Sangham, UTF, JVV etc, greeted the conference. All of them underlined the need to have joint struggles.
AIPS secretary Samineni Rama Rao presented a report to the conference. A total of 550 delegates, out of whom women were 36, attended the conference. Poor farmers and agricultural workers numbered 205. The delegates were divided into groups, both district wise and sector wise, and discussed the report in detail first among themselves. Discussions also continued in four concurrent but separate sessions on organisational matters, tenant farmers, Raithu Mithra groups, Joint Liability Groups, implementation of government schemes, and dairy problems. In all, 40 delegate representatives presented their reports on the secretary’s report to the conference. Later, the report was unanimously passed.
The conference adopted 21 resolutions. The themes included protection from WTO, protection from drought and floods, rejection of company farming, stopping exploitation by market forces and ensuring MSP to all agricultural commodities, problems of seed producers, sugarcane farmers, silk farmers, etc.
AP Vyavasaya Karmika Sangham vice president and CPI(M) state secretary B V Raghavulu, and Kisan Sabha Central Secretariat member V Srinivasa Rao also greeted the conference, expressed their opinions on the deliberations and on the future tasks of the kisan movement in the state. AIKS vice president Sarampally Malla Reddy delivered the concluding message outlining the tasks ahead.
The conference elected a 78-member executive committee which in turn elected 15 Office bearers. Vangala Subba Rao and Samineni Rama Rao were re-elected as the AIPS president and secretary, respectively. The spirit of the conference was aptly expressed through the singing of The Internationale and through a stress on saving the small peasants, tenant farmers and agriculture as the core of the future tasks.