Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

Mar 12, 2018, 14:50 IST
  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    The mega protest by 25,000farmers, all members of the CPI-M's All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) — the country's largest organisation representing farmers and labourers, ended in success after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday evening accepted most of their demands. "We have accepted most of their demands and have given them a written letter," said Fadnavis. The protesters had reached Mumbai on foot after a 180-km-long journey from Nashik. All Pics-Atul Kamble/Bipin Kokate/Pradeep Dhivar

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    The farmers demands included a slew of measures, such as the complete waiver of loans, fair wages for their agricultural products, compensation for crops destroyed by the pink bollworm, and immediate implementation of the Swaminathan Commission's recommendations

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    While a majority of the protesters hailed from Nashik, Talasari, Pune, Nagpur, Ahmednagar, farmers from the drought-afflicted Vidarbha, Marathwada, and Amravati had also joined the movement

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    The protesting farmers were supported by scores of Mumbaikars who had turned up to welcome them with refreshments at Mulund, Vikhroli and Ghatkopar

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    While the initial plan of the protesters had been to leave the Somaiya ground on Monday morning and head to South Mumbai, the leaders later decided to start their onwards march in the night with consideration for exam-stressed SSC students who had exams on Monday

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    "Our bodies hurt, and many of us have been fainting along the way, but we won't stop walking," Bansu Waghmare, 40, a farmer from Nashik's Surana taluka had said

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray had out in support of the farmers. "This government is incapable of doing anything," the MNS chief said, addressing thousands of farmers who rested at Somaiya Ground in Sion. "I have come to greet you. You have come all the way in this heat. Give me the reins of power and I will show what can be done," he had said

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    The state government appointed a six members committee to look into the farmers' demands. The decision was taken during a high-level meeting held at Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' residence

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    The committee comprised of Maharashtra Minister Chandrakant Patil, Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fundkar, Irrigation Minister Girish Mahajan, Tribal Development Minister Vishnu Savara, state cooperatives minister Subhash Deshmukh and Shiv Sena leader and PWD Minister Eknath Shinde

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced a Rs 34,022 crore farm loan waiver, which was initially estimated to help 89 lakh farmers. However, the number of eligible beneficiaries got revised to 56 lakh after an online application system coupled with biometric verification using Aadhaar numbers weeded out more than 30 lakh accounts from the list of probable beneficiaries

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    The Maharashtra Government had directed all its machinery to be positive and sympathetic towards protesters. The protest had commenced on March 5 from the CBS Chowk in Central Nashik

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    Many of the marchers, braving the early summer heat, reached Mumbai with red and swollen eyes, broken or temporarily mended footwear, dusty, torn clothes, having barely managed a square meal or a proper bath during the week

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    Amitesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) on Monday confirmed that no roads were closed due to the protest march by the All India Kisan Sabha's farmers

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    The farmers had planned to surround 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

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    The farmers had reached Azad Maidan early on Monday morning, after camping at KJ Somaiya Ground in Sion area the previous night. Azad Maidan in south Mumbai had turned into a sea of red on Monday morning as thousands of farmers, carrying red flags, converged there 

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    Health checks and first aid was arranged for the protesting farmers. The 25,000 protesters were fatigued after their 180 kilametres-long journey

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    The CPI(M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha, which spearheaded the farmers' protest, had stated that it would consider what the government had to offer

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    Farmers leader Ajit Nawalehad commented, "Considering the tremendous response we have evoked from across the state, the government cannot dismiss us lightly. If it continues to dilly-dally on the farm loans waiver or try to take us for a ride, it will face the consequences."

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    The MS Swaminathan Commission report says farmers should be paid one-and-a-half times the cost of production and the Minimum Support Price should be fixed keeping this in mind

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  • Mumbai: All you need to know about the Maharashtra farmers' protest

    "We will talk to them and sort out their issues. The Government is positive on their demands. Most of the agitators are tribals, and their main demand is forest land rights. We have set up a committee of ministers to hold discussions on their demands. I have invited them (farmer leaders) for talks," Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had stated before reaching a final settlement

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Thousands of farmers led by All India Kisan Sabha reached Mumbai on Monday demading a complete waiver of loans and electricity bills. Here's a look at what transpired

 

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