n18
NEWS|Current Affairs 
   |
Former Army chief V K Singh. Photo: Getty Images

Former Army chief V K Singh, who has assumed an activist's role after retirement, will join a
Parliament gherao agitation by sugarcane farmers tomorrow, its organisers said.
   
The protest has been organised by Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan (RKMS) and is expected to be joined by farmers' leaders and civil society members.
   
The former Army chief had on November 2 attended a press conference held by RKMS and announced that the outfit will gherao Parliament on December 4 if government did not reject Rangarajan Committee report on freeing the sugar sector.
   
"The former Army chief will be part of the gherao. We had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh giving him time till November 30. We are going ahead with our protest as announced," RKMS Convenor V M Singh told PTI.
   
The Rangarajan committee has recommended phased decontrol of the highly regulated Rs 80,000-crore sugar industry by suggesting removal of the levy obligation, release mechanism and having a uniform, revenue-linked sugarcane price.
   
The organisers said the recommendations of the panel would affect farmers in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.
   
"The truth is that the Commission has acted only on behalf of the Sugar Mills and ignored the farmers' interest, whereby farmers who are already in a miserable condition will face more hardships," they claimed.


Tag : #V K Singh

Mumbai election? Who cares! Sachin Tendulkar rules Twitter

from firstpost

Mumbai election? Who cares! Sachin Tendulkar rules Twitter

It may be a big election day, but for Twitteratti, Sachin Tendulkar is more important than anything else. #HappyBirthdaySachin has been the top trend on Twitter throughout the morning and it has held ...


S-Korea: Prosecutors raid shipping safety watchdog

from firstpost

S-Korea: Prosecutors raid shipping safety watchdog

Incheon, South Korea: South Korean prosecutors said on Thursday that they had raided the shipping safety watchdog as part of their expanded investigation following the fatal sinking of a ferry.The Sew...

S-Korea ferry incident: Body of boy who raised alarm found

from firstpost

S-Korea ferry incident: Body of boy who raised alarm found

SEOUL - The body of a South Korean boy whose shaking voice first raised the alarm that a passenger ferry with hundreds on board was in trouble has been found, his parents believe, but a DNA test has y...

Jammu and Kashmir: Stone pelting at polling booth in Pulwama

from firstpost

Jammu and Kashmir: Stone pelting at polling booth in Pulwama

Anantnag (JK): Polling was briefly stopped at a polling station in Pulwama district in south Kashmir's Anantnag Parliamentary constituency after some persons pelted stones on the booth, prompting poli...

Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet MH370

from firstpost

Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet MH370

Canberra, Australia: Australian officials said Thursday that after examining detailed photographs of unidentified material that washed ashore in the southwestern part of the country they are satisfied...

Turkey's Erdogan offers condolences for 1915 Armenia killings

from firstpost

Turkey's Erdogan offers condolences for 1915 Armenia killings

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan offered what the government said were unprecedented condolences on Wednesday to the grandchildren of Armenians killed in World War One by Ottom...

Somnath Bharti attacked by alleged BJP workers in Varanasi

from firstpost

Somnath Bharti attacked by alleged BJP workers in Varanasi

Varanasi: AAP leader Somnath Bharti was attacked this evening allegedly by BJP workers near Assi ghat while he was returning from a TV show that featured him.The windows of Bharti's car were also smas...