Almost 30000 Maharashtra farmers march from Nashik to Mumbai demanding loan waiver

Farmers of the All Indian Kisan Sabha in Mumbai on Sunday. PTI

The farmers began their protest on March 6 from Nashik.

Mumbai: Over 25000 farmers led by Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sabha (ABKS), are marching towards Mumbai to block access to Mantralaya - the state legislature building, from Monday until their demands are met.

As the march moves along, more farmers from across Maharashtra - from Marathwada, Raigad, Vidarbha and other districts - are expected to join and the numbers are likely to multiply by the time the morcha reaches Mumbai on Sunday.

"We also want the state government to refrain from forceful acquisition of farm lands in the name of development projects like the super highway and the bullet train", AIKS secretary Raju Desle earlier said.

"Farmers in the state are reeling under the ripples of agrarian distress and they are under huge financial burden". We had even informed them about our march.

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As per reports, Farmers will gherao the Maharashtra Assembly after reaching Mumbai on March 12 for resolution with the Maharashtra government.

The farmers are demanding a complete waiver of loans and electricity bills and the implementation of recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission.

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

Similar demands of loan waiver and 50 per cent profit over the input cost have been made by farmers across the country, putting the BJP-led central government in a fix. The farmers, who have been perennially upset about the BJP government's failure in fulfilling their demands, reached Kalam village at Shahpur on Thursday night.

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