Maharashtra farmers end stir after govt assurance

Maharashtra farmers end stir after govt assurance

From the government's side, water resources minister Girish Mahajan, who is also guardian minister for Nashik district, met farmers' leaders in Mulund as the march entered Mumbai, and assured that most of their demands will be met.

Noted Bollywood actor and leader of ruling BJP Shatrughan Sinha commended the discipline of the protesting farmers on Twitter.

Mr Fadnavis was responding to a discussion in the Assembly, initiated by Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, who lauded the farmers for their peaceful protest.

Why are farmers protesting? "However, by then, the march was already very much on its way". "We will continue to hold talks with the Chief Minister", he said.

Farmers at the site of a protest rally in Mumbai on Monday.

Thousands of farmers reached Mumbai on Monday morning after a long march which began on March 6, 2018, in Nashik, bare feet.

The government said that a six-member panel would be set up to look into all the demands and will submit its report in a given timeframe.

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In a tweet, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said, "The mammoth #FarmersMarchToMumbai is a stunning example of people's power". After the meeting, the government has agreed to the farmers' demands.

It was breathtaking to see how Kisan Long March has everything it takes to shake the financial capital of the country. However, as it passed through the towns of Kasara, Shahpur, Bhiwandi and Thane, the numbers swelled to about 50,000. "The main demand was about transferring forest land titles to their names".

The last time Maharashtra saw a vociferous protest by farmers was in the summer of 2017.

The farmers are basically demanding the effective implementation of the loan waiver scheme announced by the Maharashtra government.

Maharashtra followed Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Punjab previous year to announce a loan waiver to the tune of Rs 34,022 crores of which only around Rs12,381 crore has been transferred into bank accounts. After hectic parleys between their representatives and government emissaries led to a firm assurance on their demands, several farmers were on their way home on special trains.

Indigenous women and others who rely on the forests for a living face additional challenges in claiming rights to forest land and produce, despite the 2006 Forest Rights Act (FRA) that was meant to benefit a fifth of India's population.

Similarly, loans taken before 2009 were not considered to be waived off in the scheme announced a year ago.