As 1000’s of Maharashtra farmers march in the direction of Mumbai with an inventory of calls for, drones captured visuals of the rally because it wound by way of meandering roads and totally different terrains whereas inching near the Maximum City.
The march, which began from Dindori in Nashik district, has been organised by the CPM and can cowl 200 km earlier than it reaches Mumbai.
Organisers mentioned that moreover farmers, many staff within the unorganised sector, corresponding to ASHA staff, and members of tribal communities have joined the march.
The Farmers’ Demands
The farmers marching to Mumbai have an extended listing of calls for, together with a direct monetary aid of Rs 600 per quintal to onion growers. Onion farmers in Maharashtra have been hit arduous by a steep fall in costs. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has mentioned excessive manufacturing has led to this case and introduced a compensation of Rs 300 per quintal to onion farmers.
The farmers are additionally demanding uninterrupted electrical energy supple for 12 hours and a waiver of agriculture loans. They additionally need steps to arrest a slide within the costs of soybean, cotton and tur and speedy aid to farmers affected by current unseasonal rains and different pure calamities.
Those within the procession are additionally demanding implementation of the Old Pension Scheme for state authorities workers who’ve joined service post-2005.
The Government’s Response
The state authorities has reached out to the protesting farmers and two cupboard ministers, Dada Bhuse and Atul Save, shall be assembly them on their approach to Mumbai. A gathering was scheduled yesterday between representatives of the farmers and the state authorities, however couldn’t happen. The farmers have now demanded that authorities representatives come and meet them.
Leader of the Opposition Ajit Pawar and CPM MLA Vinod Nikole have mentioned within the Assembly that the federal government should speak to the farmers. In response, minister Bhuse mentioned they may maintain a gathering and hopes to achieve an understanding with the farmers.
Speaking to NDTV, Mr Bhuse mentioned, “They have 14 calls for. The authorities will tackle them to the extent doable beneath the ambit of legislation.”
A 2018 Replug
The ongoing foot march by the farmers is much like the 2018 ‘Kisan Long March’ from Nashik to Mumbai. Also organised by the Left events, the march had seen participation of 1000’s of farmers. They had demanded a mortgage waiver and switch of forest land to tribal farmers tilling it for years.
Once the protest reached Mumbai, then Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had accepted the farmers’ calls for.