Farmers march to Azad Maidan in Mumbai for loan waiver

Updated: Nov 22, 2018, 13:45 IST | ANI | Mumbai

This is the third mass protest of farmers in Maharashtra within a year. Earlier in March this year, around 25,000 farmers under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha carried out a protest march, demanding a complete farm loan waiver

Thousands of farmers and tribals participate in a two-day protest march from Thane to Mumbai demanding compensation for drought and transfer of forest rights to tribals, eight months after a similar protest that started from Nashik, in Thane. Pic/PTI
Thousands of farmers and tribals participate in a two-day protest march from Thane to Mumbai demanding compensation for drought and transfer of forest rights to tribals, eight months after a similar protest that started from Nashik, in Thane. Pic/PTI

Thousands of farmers under the aegis of Lok Sangharsh Morcha on Thursday marched towards Azad Maidan in Mumbai to press for their demands, which include farm loan waiver and land ownership. Farmers from across Maharashtra, beginning their march on Tuesday, reached Byculla Bridge in the city on Thursday morning. They are also scheduled to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis later in the evening. They are also likely to take up the issue of the implementation of Forests Rights Act with the Chief Minister.

Speaking to ANI, general secretary of the Lok Sangharsh Morcha Pratibha Shinde said, "We will definitely meet the Chief Minister and put forward our demands. Only after the meeting, we will be able to decide whether the government and we are on the same page or not. In the last six months, the government has not even done even two per cent of the works they promised to us."

On Wednesday evening, Maharashtra's Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Girish Mahajan met the protesters and asked them to hold a meeting with Chief Minister Fadnavis to which the farmers agreed. Last night, farmers had stayed at Shivaji Maidan in Chunabhatti.

This is the third mass protest of farmers in Maharashtra within a year. Earlier in March this year, around 25,000 farmers under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha carried out a protest march, demanding a complete farm loan waiver. In July, dairy farmers too protested, seeking a hike in milk prices.

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