Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Maharashtra govt promises to fulfil farmers' demands; protest called off

Maharashtra govt promises to fulfil farmers' demands; protest called off

"We held very cordial discussions and have conceded most of the demands of the tribals, labourers and farmers who took part in the march", Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced here.

The major demands of the protesting farmers and tribals are complete loan waiver, profit of 1.5 times input cost for all major agriculture commodities and an immediate implementation of M.S. Swaminathan committee's recommendations.

"Not mercy but we demand our rights" more than 30,000 distressed farmers majority from tribal belts put up a show of strength in South Mumbai's Azad Maidan.

"Today, if the farmers' demands are not conceded, they will shake up the state and the Centre and remove the government and install a government of their choice which will stand by the farmers' cause", Yechury said. A large number of Mumbaikars were seen distributing food, water, and footwear to the farmers marching in the heat and dust, majority barefoot.

Vishnu Savara, the minister for tribal welfare, said the government had already implemented 50 percent of the claims made by the tribals, as per the provisions of the Forest Rights Act.

Mumbai: Maharashtra farmers call off protest after they reach an agreement with the government.

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Their widows face abuse and threats to their children's safety when they demand their share of land, a study published a year ago showed.

Several political parties like the Congress, the NCP, the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena had extended their support to the protesting farmers.

In a considerate gesture, the farmers abandoned their night's rest, to march from the Somaiya Grounds, Vidyavihar starting 2 a.m. (Monday) to reach the historic Azad Maidan at dawn, to avoid inconveniencing students appearing for the ongoing board examinations. The meeting to address the agrarian distress had followed a march by All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) - peasants front of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) - from Nashik to Mumbai.

The current government announced farm loan waivers of over Rs 34,000 crore but have only released just around Rs 13,000 crore.

A doctor cleans the wound of a woman farmer at the end of her six-day march on foot, in Mumbai, India, March 12, 2018.

Many NGOs and social workers from across religions have come forward to provide water and food to these farmers.

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