National Press Release – to be released across India
18 May 2017 – for immediate release
Shri Sanjay Sonawani, Swarna Bharat Party leader from Maharashtra, condemned the language used by BJP President (Maharashtra State) Mr. Raosaheb Danave against the farmers of Maharashtra. His talk is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y75f7g5tYSU.
He said that under the current system the government has a constitutional obligation to buy the produce of farmers at a viable price.
He also noted that this is only a short term solution. This entire approach – of government buying and selling foodgrains – is fundamentally flawed. SBP opposes the idea of the government managing so-called essential commodities.
SBP disagrees with the premise behind the Essential Commodities Act and the shelter provided to this act – which violates basic property rights – under the ninth schedule of the Constitution. We ask for the removal of the Essential Commodities Act from ninth schedule and thereafter a complete review of the act to ensure that farmers are left free to produce, buy and sell without government intervention.
Farmers are well placed to take responsibility for themselves. India’s farmers have suffered throughout the last seventy years from chronic government interference. Farmers have been made dependent on the whims of government and are constantly unsure what is going to happen in the future.
Except for conditions of a natural calamity, the market can deal with shortage or excess of any commodity through the price system. When governments stay away, farmers can better plan and take appropriate risks.
Swarna Bharat Party demands the liberation of farmers from the clutches of government whim and fancy. In this particular case, however – being a situation caused by the government’s own policies – the government must buy all the farmers’ produce at a good price.
Notes for Editors
SBP is India’s only liberal party, committed to defending liberty and promoting prosperity.
Sanjay Sonawani, Leader, Maharashtra State, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rahul Pandit (Hyderabad) National President, +91 9703425422