Maharashtra: 30000 farmers march toward Mumbai to protest outside Vidhan Sabha

12 March, 2018, 03:30 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Farmers having lunch

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government also advised the students appearing for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination on Monday to reach their exam centres before time in view of traffic expected in South Mumbai with farmers marching to the Vidhan Sabha.

Among the list of demands raised by the farmers include: implementation of Swaminathan Commission report - which recommends increasing the minimum support price (MSP) on farm produce by 150 per cent, a complete loan-waiver for state-wide farmers, allocation of land to adivasi cultivators and increase in compensation to farmers affected by unseasonal rains and hailstorm.

Subhash, a 60-year-old marginal farmer from Nashik, said that despite filling the online form, he has not received the loan waiver.

"We will accept the support of everyone who comes forward and expresses solidarity with us", said AIKS state unit secretary Ajit Nawale, who is leading the march from Nashik.

The similar demands of loan waiver and almost 50 percent profit over the input cost have been made by farmers across the country, putting the BJP-led central government in a delima.

Senior Shiv Sena leader and cabinet minister Eknath Shinde and Yuva Sena (Shiv Sena's youth wing) chief Aditya Thackeray also greeted the protesters in suburban Vikhroli.


The farmers' march, which started in Nashik on Tuesday, reached Bhiwandi in Thane district on Saturday. The first phase of our agitation is to ensure that the State Government waives Rs 34,000 crore worth farm loans. Come what may government has to fulfil all demands of farmers.

"I have come to greet you".

State Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan met members of the delegation on the way and invited them for talks with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday. "All Congress legislators (are) with the farmers", the Congress leader said. I have left all my work to join the protest as I have no money now. Still, if the Fadnavis Government tries to dilly-dally on the issue of farm loan waiver or take the farmers for a ride, it will pay heavily for its act.

The advisory was issued keeping in view the farmers' scheduled protest outside the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Monday.

Aware of farmers' anger, the government in its budget presented on 9 March took a clear farm sector focus.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deven Bharti said that adequate security arrangements had been made.

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