Farmers call off strike after Maharashtra govt accepts their demands in 'writing'

13 March, 2018, 11:59 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Masses of protesting India farmers converge on Mumbai

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

Minister Chandrakant Patil claimed the government had accepted the farmers' demands in writing after a delegation of farmers met government representatives.

The farmers had surrounded the Assembly complex to press for their demands of an unconditional loan waiver, and transfer of forest land to tribal farmers who have been tilling it for years.

"Today, if the farmers demands are not conceded, they will shake up the state and the Center, and install a government of their choice", he said.

They also want tribal farmers, who mainly cultivate in forests, to be allowed to own land.

The MP from Mumbai North Central said it was the responsibility of the BJP-led Maharashtra government to sit with the protesters, who were being "captured" by Maoists, to solve their problems.

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

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Left leaders such as CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Rajya Sabha member K.K. Ragesh, also an office-bearer of the AIKS, were scheduled to join the protesting farmers at Azad Maidan Monday.

The Mumbai police estimated that around 12,000 people arrived at the citys Azad Maidan, where the march culminated late Sunday night.

The state government has set up a six-member committee to look into the demands.

In 2017, the Maharashtra government announced a conditional Rs 34,000 crore loan waiver loan waiver but it was not implemented properly. Girish Mahajan was in touch with them from day one.

"We are demanding an increase in pension schemes for poor peasants and farm workers, compensation for losses due to pink bollworm and pest attacks and rehauling of the public distribution system", the march organisers had earlier said.

The sea of red, has shown that when 35,000 farmers come knocking down at your doors, the farmer crisis is anything but not real. Many political partied including Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Shiv Sena had extended the support to farmers' agitation. "I appeal to the PM Modi and the CM to not stand on ego and to accept their just demands", Rahul Gandhi tweeted.



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