Milk has become a big tool in the protest of the farmers in Haryana. The sudden spike in fuel price has led the farmers to take this decision. The Mahapanchayat has also announced that the new price will come into effect from March 1. Now, the protest has reached such a level that the farmers are not ready to get defeated easily by the Government.
New Decision Taken By the Mahapanchayats
While speaking to the media, a Panchayat spokesperson said, “We have decided to give milk at the price of Rs 100/liter. We urge dairy farmers to sell milk at the same price to Government cooperative societies.” The spokesperson further added that “Although the dairy farmers have been asked to sell milk at Rs 100 per liter, the common people will continue to get milk at Rs 45 to Rs 50 per liter”. The motive of the new decision is to awaken the Government and bring down the fuel prices.
Petroleum Minister’s Crucial Words Under Limelight
Among many reasons behind the price hike, Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Petroleum Minister termed “less fuel production by manufacturing countries to gain more profit” as the major reason. He even said that “there are two main reasons behind the fuel price rise. The international market has reduced fuel production and manufacturing countries are producing less fuel to gain more profit. This is making the consumer countries suffer.”
Huge Impact on the Common People
Since November, thousands of farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws at the Delhi border. Ramnivas, an officer-bearer of the body stated in a major report, “The Government is not listening to the farmers, despite protests at Delhi borders for the last three months. At the same time, it is increasing the burden on the public by increasing the prices of petrol and diesel. The Government is working only for the cooperates”. In the village of Hisar and Jind districts, the Satrol Khap has a lot of influence. He further added, “If the Government keeps on increasing the price of fuel, we will also increase the price of milk. Roughly, one quintal of milk is procured by the government on a day from one village. There will be no change in prices for the normal people.”
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- Farmers are the main producers of our country. If they are made to suffer like this, then the day is not far when every common people has to live without food.
- Farmers are adversely hit by the rising fuel prices. Along with the fuel prices, if the price of the milk goes on increasing, then it would leave a tremendous impact on the common people. Now, it is high time that the Government must repeal the farm laws and give the farmers their proper rights.