Kisan-putra becomes wary of kisans
Posted June 20, 2011on:
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan always calls himself a Kisan-putra (the son of a farmer) but he has of late been wary of the kisans. He has held out scores of promises to the farmers in the past five years but has never cared to fulfill them.
He had, in fact, convened a Kisan Panchayat within a year of his having taken the oath as chief minister where he had made as many as 35 promises. If the farmers of the State are still feeling restive, it is only too bad. In fact, there are a whole lot of people who accuse Chauhan of not delivering.
Now he is afraid of holding the mandatory general elections to the 230 Mandi Samitis (Market Committees) which fell due in May last year. His government has been invoking the emergency Section (57-A) of the Krishi Upaj Mandi Act, 1972 to postpone these elections on the most ridiculous grounds, depending on which he elections can never be held.
On May1, 2010, the elections were postponed till July 22, 2010 due to involvement of all officers and employees of the State and Mandis in wheat procurement.
On July 20, 2010 the elections were postponed till November 7, 2010 due to rainy season.
On November 4, 2010 the elections were postponed till May 7, 2011 due to farmers’ involvement in Kharif harvesting and Rabi sowing.
On May 2, 2011 the elections were postponed till May 7, 2012 again due to involvement of staff in wheat procurement.