The 34th All India Kisan Sabha conference ended today in Hisar Haryana with a new leadership. It ended with a new zeal and a new resolve to intensify their struggles
The new all India leadership comprises of a General Secretary, National president, one finance secretary along with 7 vice presidents and 8 joint secretaries. Hannan Mollah continues to be the General Secretary of the AIKS. Ashok Dhawale has been eleted as the new national President of the AIKS. P. Krishnaprasad is the new Finance Secretary.
The Vice Presidents of the organisation are S. Ramachandran Pillai, K Vardha Rajan, Amraram, Madan Ghosh, Sarampalli Malla Reddy, K Balakrishnan and S. K. Preeja
The 8 joint secretaries are N. K. Shukla, Vijoo Krishnan, E. P. Jayarajan, Nripen Choudhury, Amal Haldar, Jiten Choudhury, Badal Saroj and K. K. Ragesh.
The newly elected national president Ashok Dhawale addressed the conference saying that the Kisan Sabha will form alliances with other farmer’s organisations and fight for the farmers right across the country. To fight the neoliberal policies and communalism he said the larger alliances would be necessary. There would be peasant-workers alliances, to fight the corrupt and bourgeois politics. The resolve to fight has only become stronger and the Kisan Sabha shall fight at every corner of the country for the farmer's rights.
The conference also announced a launch of Kisan Sabha’s new website.
The conference recognised the important role played by women in farmers movements and also laid emphasis on the abysmal condition of women involved in agriculture. Kisan Sabha resolved in its 34th conference to increase the participation of more women in the leadership and also to strive to fight for the right of female farmers. They demand a comprehensive national policy to address the concerns of women farmers and agricultural workers. They also noted that such a policy was proposed by the National Commission of Women (at the insistance of Swaminathan Commission) in 2009, but was largely ignored by all successive governments. The protection and recognition of women’s land rights on private and common property resources would also be an important demand, among other demands for women. Another important resolution of the 34th All India Kisan Sabha conference is “to fight the communal menace across the country”.
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