More than 20,000 farmers are marching towards thane to Mumbai thus asking for the loan waiver and drought compensation to the government. The two-day farmers’ protest march will conclude at Azad Maidan on Thursday.
The march was started on Tuesday morning at 10 am from Thane and the farmers will reach the Somaiyya ground in the evening where a rally is being organised. The farmers’ protest will not end until the government will meet their demands.
The farmers’ protest was led by Lok Sangharsh Morcha with the eminent faces like water conservation activist Rajendra Singh and Swaraj Indian leader Yogendra Yadav.
The Lok Sangharsh Morcha belongs to Nashik city of Northern Maharashtra and they have walked all along to Thane to demand the loan waiver and implementation of the Forest Rights Act.
Pratibha Shinde, general secretary of the Morcha said in a press conference that “Farmers across Maharashtra are reeling under insensitive and anti-farmers policies of the state government and therefore we have no option but to strike the government with farmers’ unity”.
The list of issues highlighting farmers’ protest includes Damanganga and Vagh Pinjal river linking project, stopping of displacement of tribal villages due to Nar-par, total loan waiver, implementation of the Forest Rights Act, stopping of acquisition of land for the Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway.
Shinde said, “Our march will be peaceful and we will ensure that people in the city are not inconvenienced. Government’s loan waiver scheme has not given any relief to farmers”.