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Ensure Monsanto pays: SJM

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on March 19, 2016 - 5:43pm

In the backdrop of liquor baron Vijay Mallya leaving India without paying debts, an RSS affiliate today asked the government to ensure seeds company Monsanto does not quit the country without compensating farmers who “suffered” due to the firm’s “wrong acts“.

Swadeshi Jagran Manch claimed Monsanto was “trying to blackmail the Indian government by threatening to quit India after “constantly violating Indian laws” and collecting more than Rs 6,000 crore from poor farmers across the country.

“SJM demands that government shall take all the necessary steps to avoid the repetition of Vijay Malaya type escape and Monsanto should not be allowed to quit India without compensating the farmers who suffered severely because of wrong acts of the company,” Manch’s national co-convener Ashwani Mahajan said.

Mr. Mahajan said Monsanto and all other such entities, who flout the law of the land for unfair profits, “must understand that they will have to comply with the provisions of the law. Monsanto in particular should be ready to face the consequences of their past unfair practices committed within the territory of India.” — PTI

Originally Published: The Hindu

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