Chandigarh: Delhi Chief Minister and National Convener of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Arvind Kejriwal will release his party’s farmers’ manifesto next month at Moga, a party official said here on Wednesday.
Prepared after holding eight dialogues with farmers in different regions of Punjab, the manifesto will cover all aspects affecting the state’s farmers, Head of the Manifesto Committee of AAP, Kanwar Sandhu said. Terming the manifesto a “comprehensive document”, he said it was prepared after consulting farmers who shared their woes and grievances and gave suggestions for betterment. The manifesto, which will be released on September 11, will cover new ground as it will list out measures for farm labourers who have been left on the margins by successive governments in the past, he said.
“Farm labourers are an intrinsic part of the farm sector and you can’t revive farming by ignoring them,” Sandhu said.
“Idea is to bring back cheer on the faces of the farmers in the state,” Sandhu said.
He said there was a need of rainbow diversification in Punjab to bring farmers out of the vicious wheat-paddy cycle. Separate manifestos for various sections are devised to spell out the agenda of the AAP for Punjab for the next five years, Sandhu said, adding that the farmers’ manifesto will be followed by a separate manifesto for SC/ST, besides industry and trade. Earlier on July 3, Kejriwal had released 51-Point Youth Manifesto in Amritsar.
Sandhu said the farmers’ manifesto will roll out an “action plan” to prevent suicides by farmers and farm labourers. A major debt relief package is on the cards as AAP is committed to zero-farmer suicide within one year of the formation of government, he added.