The nine-day Swaraj Yatra launched by the Swaraj India and Jai Kisan Movement began on July 1 in Manethi village under the leadership of Swaraj India National President and farmer leader Yogendra Yadav, concluded today at village Chilad in Rewari where Swami Sudhanand organized the Kisan Sankalp Yagna.
Addressing the reporters after the visit, Avik Saha, convener of the Jai Kisan movement, gave details of the trip and said that during this Yatra, the padyatris undertook about 205 kms of padyatra. Swaraj Yatra traversed 127 villages and dialogue with farmers and villagers were conducted through 70 public meetings.123 yatris from all over India took part in this Swaraj Yatra.
Yogendra Yadav said that this Swaraj Yatra was mainly focussed on five issues: Farmer gets one and a half times the cost of crop; all loans of a farmer is waived off; every hand should get work, get full wages; liquor contracts near the villages should be scrapped; and, entire village should save water, conserve the ponds
He said that this yatra was different from our old yatras in many cases. In the last 3 years, we and our colleagues travelled to many states of the country and raised issues of farmers prominently. Last year, we organized more than 190 farmers’ organizations together to form a Kisan Sansad, but in this yatra, we did not organize in big cities and went directly to the villages to communicate with villagers, farmers.
Yadav said that our effort was to involve villagers in the awareness campaign by going directly to the villages. Therefore, in Swaraj Yatra, we are not only giving speeches in every village we visited. At the end of the programme, we are asking how many people will devote two years of their life to the campaign to save the village. ‘Swaraj Yogi’, who comes forward for this, duly takes the oath. After the yatra, all these Swaraj Yogis will be given special training for these tasks. Our estimate was that around 100-150 companions would come forward for cooperation in this work, but in the 9-day trip, a total of 960 Swaraj Yogis took oath, which reflects overwhelming support for the yatra.
While sharing his experience, Yogendra Yadav said that during the yatra, he did not find any village where women did not raise the issue of liquor addiction seriously. With the consumption of alcohol in whole Rewari district doubling in last 10 years, most of the women are suffering. The second major issue is that farmers do not get the right price for their crops. Describing the outline of the programme, he said that Swaraj India will try to ensure that not a single grain of the farmer’s crop is sold at a price lesser than the MSP and Swaraj Yogis will run campaigns with the villagers  to shut the liquor shops in the village. Efforts will be made to make the Panchayat pass the proposal to stop the contract. Swaraj Kendras will be opened in every village to help the villagers so that they can be given all possible assistance in their village.
Col Jayavir Singh, co-convenor of Jai Kisan Movement, said that the yatra was based on a special rural issue every day. Through which we used to raise that issue with prominence on that day. It included issues like drug addiction, minimum support price and water conservation.

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