Maharashtra’s Farmer group plan statewide protest against Govt inaction

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The western state of India, Maharashtra may soon witness another major protest by farmers, similar to Kisan Long March that took place last month when thousands of farmers from Nashik marched to Mumbai to highlight distress in the state farming sector.

The CPI (M) affiliated All India Kishan Sabha (AIKS) on Tuesday announced its plans to hold a statewide protest march on June 1 against the state ruling BJP’s “lack of interest and inaction in resolving issues faced by farmers, one month after they were promised some respite.”

As a part of the protest, the farmers plan to gherao government offices and disrupt their work. “The government had assured us they would constitute three separate committees that would look into matters such as the loan waiver, implementation of forest rights for tribal farmers and fair prices for farm produce. The government had demanded 45 days… it had been exactly a month, but there are no signs whatsoever that the government is doing in this regard,” said Ajit Navale, general secretary, AIKS.

Plans for the protest was finalized at the Sabha’s meetings held in Mumbai on April 8-9 after no action has been initiated, he added.

Earlier in June 2017, the farmers had staged similar protests that started from Ahmednagar and spread across the state. They demanded Govt to help them deal with their rights such as farm loans, produce and fall in prices.

The AIKS said the Centre had failed to keep its promises.

Navale also spoke that he is open to talks for the betterment of the farming community. In the run-up to the protest, “We aim to collect signatures of over 20 lakh farmers from 24 districts and inform them about their rights.”

Also Read: Farmers March to Mumbai

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