Summary: Farmers gather at Parliament Street to demand better prices for produce, freedom from debtNearly 3 lakh farmers from across India gathered at the Parliament Street in New Delhi for the 2-day protest to demand "better prices for their produce and complete freedom from debt".
Members of around 180 farmers organisations have announced a two-day protest in the national capital under the banner of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC).
The AIKSCC is also demanding freedom from debt, a comprehensive loan waiver, and statutory institutional mechanism to address farmers' debt.
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Thousands of farmers from across the country converged on Parliament Street here on Monday, protesting against what they called "non-fulfillment" of promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the loan waivers and Minimum Support Price.
According to the AIKSCC "steady rise in input costs, like fuel, pesticides and fertilisers and even water, and slashing of subsidies by the government" are some of the key factors behind cost versus income imbalance presently been faced by the farmers.
On November 20, a draft "bill" encompassing the two demands will be introduced and passed after debate by the farmers' parliament.
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