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Mumbai farmers' protest highlights: Farmers call off protest after state agrees to their demands

This blog will keep you posted on various developments in the Maharashtra farmers' protest.

  • Mar 12, 07:44 PM (IST)
  • Mar 12, 06:56 PM (IST)

    JUST IN: Maharashtra farmers call off protest after state agrees to their demands

  • Mar 12, 05:38 PM (IST)
  • Mar 12, 12:32 PM (IST)

    Here are the key demands that Ashok Dhawale listed:

    1. An extension of the loan waiver scheme which they had announce last year.
    2. The implementation of the Forest Rights Act, which says that whatever land is cultivated by tribals to be vested in their names.
    3. Pension for poor farmers and agriculture workers. 
    4. Immediate relief to farmers who lost nearly Rs 12,000 crore due to the pink ball worm attacks on Bt cottons in Marathwada and Vidarbha.
    5. Oppose land acquisition programmes for schemes like Bullet trains. 
    6. Oppose major river linking projects which are creating problems. 

  • Mar 12, 07:58 PM (IST)

    Govt has accepted our demands, we are happy. Leaders of every party and people of Mumbai supported us. Our strength combined with theirs hence this result: Sanjay Sukhdev, Nashik farmer who was participating in the protest. 

  • Mar 12, 06:16 PM (IST)

    We have accepted most of their demands and have given them a written letter: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on Maharashtra farmers' agitation

  • Mar 12, 05:34 PM (IST)
  • Mar 12, 04:30 PM (IST)

    Ashok Gulati says only 19 percent of farm land in Maharashtra has irrigation coverage and sugarcane comprises 75 percent of land with irrigation coverage in Maharashtra.

  • Mar 12, 04:28 PM (IST)

    Loan waivers won't fix anything, it's an atonement for not reforming agriculture, and government needs to do capital investment in agriculture, Gulati told CNBC TV18.  

  • Mar 12, 04:26 PM (IST)

    Ashok Gulati says agriculture investment will suffer due to loan waivers; Modi govt needs 13 percent agriculture growth for 5 years to double farm income, doubling farm income by 2022 is a pipe dream, reports CNBC TV18. 

  • Mar 12, 04:22 PM (IST)

    Ashok Gulati says it's a crisis boiling over in Maharashtra, lip service won't work, & it is an emergency on the agriculture front, reports CNBC TV18. 

  • Mar 12, 04:20 PM (IST)
  • Mar 12, 04:05 PM (IST)

    Farmers' protest likely to be called off after agreement with government, reports CNN News18 quoting sources. 

  • Mar 12, 03:48 PM (IST)

    Mumbai: Farmers participate in a long march organized by All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) at Azad Maidan on Monday. PTI

      Mumbai: Farmers participate in a long march organized by All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) at Azad Maidan on Monday.  PTI
  • Mar 12, 03:40 PM (IST)

    Apart from the loan waiver and better Minimum Support Price, these farmers want the implementation of the Forest Rights Act to secure the rights of the people working on community lands and to help the farmers secure loans to opt for basic irrigation facilities. 

  • Mar 12, 03:21 PM (IST)

  • Mar 12, 03:13 PM (IST)

    Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and NCP leader Ajit Pawar will be part of the government’s talks with farmers. 

  • Mar 12, 03:03 PM (IST)

    Meeting with delegation of farmers and all political parties begins at Vidhan Bhawan under the chairmanship of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.

  • Mar 12, 02:59 PM (IST)

    Mumbai: Farmers participate in a long march organized by All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) at Azad Maidan on Monday. PTI

      Mumbai: Farmers participate in a long march organized by All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) at Azad Maidan on Monday.  PTI
  • Mar 12, 02:58 PM (IST)

    Accept demands of farmers and tribals: Rahul Gandhi to PM, Fadnavis

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to shed their egos and accept the "just demands" of the thousands of farmers and tribals protesting in Mumbai.

    The mammoth farmers march to Mumbai is a "stunning example of people's power", Gandhi said on Twitter. The Congress, he added, stands with the farmers and tribals marching to protest against the apathy of the central and state governments.

    "I appeal to PM Modi and the CM to not stand on ego and to accept their just demands," Gandhi tweeted.
     

  • Mar 12, 02:46 PM (IST)

    Maharashtra just the beginning, farmers from across India planning 'mother of all protests' in Delhi

    The ongoing protest by thousands of farmers in the heart of Mumbai may just be the beginning. For, leaders of farmers’ associations in several states are planning to hold similar marches in their respective states — in the lead-up to a mega protest in the national capital in April.

    “The government’s anti-farmer stand needs to be challenged. We will hold a rally for the same in Guwahati very soon. Also, all state farmer heads are in close collaboration and we are planning to hold a big protest in New Delhi sometime in April. Farmers from all over India will be present in that rally. State farm heads are meeting in Guwahati this month itself,” said Akhil Gogoi, a Northeast-based farmer rights leader.

    India’s Northeast has been reeling under farmer crisis caused by land erosion, floods and the general terrain of the land. “The state government does not buy our output, which results in heavy losses to our farmers. The issues that have been raised in Maharashtra apply to farmers all over the country. The Mumbai march was a plan well-conceived and all of us had planned it keeping in mind the government’s stand,” said Gogoi.

    Read the full report here. 

  • Mar 12, 02:39 PM (IST)

    Mumbai: Farmers participate in a long march organised by All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) at Azad Maidan on Monday. PTI

      Mumbai: Farmers participate in a long march organised by All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) at Azad Maidan on Monday.  PTI
  • Mar 12, 02:34 PM (IST)
  • Mar 12, 02:29 PM (IST)

    Mumbai: Farmers participate in a long march organised by All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) at Azad Maidan on Monday. PTI

      Mumbai: Farmers participate in a long march organised by All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) at Azad Maidan on Monday.  PTI
  • Mar 12, 02:27 PM (IST)


    Heavy police security in Mumbai for farmers' march

    The Mumbai police is leaving no stone unturned to maintain law and order as thousands of farmers converged at the Azad Maidan here after walking around 180 km from Nashik to press for their various demands.

    More than 35,000 farmers from across Maharashtra, who embarked on a 'Long March' last Tuesday, reached the Azad Maidan early today, after camping at the K J Somaiya Ground in Sion area.

    "Some more farmers are expected to join the march from neighbouring districts. The police personnel are on their toes and prepared enough to maintain law and order," Deven Bharti, the joint-commissioner of police (crime), told PTI.

    "The march has came all the way peacefully to the country's financial capital," Bharti said, adding that the police hope to disperse the protesters also in a peaceful manner. As a huge number of protesters have gathered in the city, the police is keeping a tab to ward off any possible anti-social elements from taking advantage of the situation, another official said.
     

  • Mar 12, 02:26 PM (IST)

    According to Talekar, the Mumbai roti-bank, of which the dabbawalas are an integral part, deploys GPS-tracked vans to collect excess food from eateries, hotels, public functions and households, so that it can be distributed to the poor and hungry people.

    Meanwhile, city residents were also seen offering 'Vada-pav' (a popular street snack), other food items and water to farmers last night. A Mumbai resident also posted on social media a picture of food and water being distributed to farmers. Several political parties like the Congress, the NCP, the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena have extended their support to the protesting farmers.
     

  • Mar 12, 02:24 PM (IST)

    Dabbawals, Mumbaikars provide food to protesting farmers

    The famed 'dabbawalas' of Mumbai and the city residents came out to help the thousands of farmers, who walked for six days to reach here from Nashik to raise their various demands, by providing them food and water.

    The farmers walked upto the Azad Maidan in South Mumbai early this morning as a part of their 'long march' for raising demands, including implementation of the Maharashtra government's loan waiver scheme.

    Subhash Talekar, the spokesperson of Mumbai Dabbawala Association, said, "We thought about helping the farmers with food as they are our food-providers and have come from remote parts of the state."

    "We asked our men working between Dadar (in Central Mumbai) and Colaba (South Mumnbai) to collect food and deliver it to our farmer brothers at the Azad Maidan," he said. Dabbawalas, the tiffin-carriers known for their efficient delivery service, provided food to the protesters as a part of their 'roti-bank' initiative.
     

  • Mar 12, 02:17 PM (IST)
  • Mar 12, 02:17 PM (IST)
  • Mar 12, 02:10 PM (IST)


    Govt positive towards farmers' demands: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said his government was "sensitive and positive" towards the demands of farmers and tribals, who have marched from Nashik to Mumbai to draw the administration's attention towards their problems.

    Fadnavis was responding to a discussion in the Assembly, initiated by Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, who lauded the farmers participating in the 'Kisan Long March' for their peaceful protest while demanding a complete loan waiver and compensation for hailstorm and pink bollworm pest attack on crops.

    The Azad Maidan in South Mumbai turned into a sea of red this morning as thousands of farmers, carrying red flags, converged here after walking around 180 kms from the neighbouring Nashik district over the last six days.

    The farmers plan 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. The CPI(M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha is spearheading the protest.

    "They (the protesting farmers) reached the Azad Maidan early this morning from the K J Somaiya Ground in the eastern suburbs so that students appearing for their board exams are not hassled due to traffic jams. The Mumbaikars are also taking care of them," Vikhe Patil said in the House.


     

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