Maharashtra: Farmers’ March Reaches Mumbai’s Azad Maidan, Delegation to Meet CM Devendra Fadnavis
Pratibha Shinde of the Lok Sangharsh Morcha said the government had not even done “two per cent of the works promised”.
The two-day protest march of the farmers and tribals in Maharashtra culminated at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan on Thursday, November 22. Around 30,000 farmers from across the state had joined the protest march, which began from Thane the previous day.
The farmers who had halted at Mumbai’s Somaiya ground on Wednesday evening resumed their march early on Thursday morning. Speaking to ANI, Pratibha Shinde, the general secretary of the Lok Sangharsh Morcha (LSM) 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. In the last six months, the government has not even done even two per cent of the works they promised to us.”
Reportedly, the protestors will also be marching to the Vidhan Sabha, post which, at around 13:30PM; a delegation of farmers will be meeting Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis.
The protestors are demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report, claims under the Forest Rights Act (FRA), minimum support price (MSP) and the establishing of a judicial committee to ensure its implementation. They are also seeking complete waiver of farm loans and drought compensation — Rs. 50,000 for every acre of non-irrigated land and Rs. 1 lakh for every acre of irrigated land.