Maharashtra farmers end stir after govt assurance

Thousands of farmers reach Mumbai, to surround assembly

Thousands of farmers reach Mumbai, to surround assembly

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in a statement said that the government is positive in fulfilling demands, and they had conveyed the same since day 1 of the Morcha.

"BJP Yuva Morcha chief, MP Poonam Mahajan labelled the farmers as Naxalites, while Maharashtra CM Fadnavis termed them as tribals".

The state govt also agreed to loan waivers on the basis of the 2008 model for those who had not benefitted from it. Therefore a true loan waiver, one that actually benefits the majority of farmers needs to come up. The march was spearheaded by All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) which wanted the implementation of recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission.

The agitating farmers were also demanding compensation of Rs 40,000 per acre for the destruction of crops due to hailstorm and pink-worm, allocation of forest land under cultivation to farmers and implementation of Forest Rights Act.

"The land we till should be registered in our name,"It was the second major protest by farmers in less than a year and put pressure on the state government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, which has been facing angry farmers in several other states".

On Monday, the government face a strong challenge from all sides as legislators condemned the government for ignoring small farmers from tribal belts across Maharashtra.

Some had swollen eyes and blistered feet and wore torn clothes. In 2017, the AIKS observed a 11-day farmers' strike and a road blockade across the state, but most of their protests, being confined within districts, never succeeded in attracting the attention of city residents.

Maharashtra's farmers on Monday said that it was their combined strength, which made the government bow down in front of them and accept their demands. "The CM has chose to see how much of a financial burden this will be on the government and then a decision will be taken", said the written reply given to the protestors, adding a committee will be formed to consider the issue and a decision arrived at in the next 1.5 months. "We have constituted a special team to look into that and complete the process in six months", CM Devendra Fadnavis said.

Residents showering the farmers with flowers from a walkway near Mulund.

But the thousands of people walking to the capital do not only comprise farmers.

It is high time that the government steps up and acknowledge what needs to be done for not just those who till the lands, but also for those who stay alive from what comes from these lands too.

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