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91 Farmers From Maharashtra’s Amravati Write To Governor, Request Euthanasia

The demand by the farmers comes in the same month that the Supreme Court, in a landmark judgment, had said that passive euthanasia and advance will are "permissible".

After a march earlier this month, 91 farmers from Buldhana in Maharashtra have written to state governor Vidyasagar Rao, requesting euthanasia.

News agency ANI reports that the farmers from Amravati division in the state have also written to the SDO. The farmers are asking for euthanasia as they have neither received remunerative prices for their crops, nor have they been given “adequate compensation” for land acquired by the state for the construction of a highway.

 

The demand by the farmers comes in the same month that the Supreme Court, in a landmark judgment, had said that passive euthanasia and advance will are “permissible”. It also takes place in the same month that farmers from Maharashtra had organised the ‘Kisan Long March’.

On March 12, close to 35,000 farmers had made their way to Mumbai after setting off in Nashik six days prior, marching for 180 kilometres. The stir was called off on the same day after Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis assured them that the state would clear pending claims by tribals under the Forest Rights Act within six months and waive off loans taken by the farmers until June 2017.

In a press conference on Saturday, Yogendra Yadav, president of the Swaraj Abhiyan, presented an interim report on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) being offered to farmers, saying the Modi government was indulging in “Kisan ki loot“. In his Mann Ki Baat on Sunday, PM Modi tried to address the agrarian distress in the country saying that all the input costs incurred by farmers would be taken into account before deciding on an MSP.

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