Ahmedabad: A meeting between the farmers’ representatives and CM-led ministerial committee ended with the Maharashtra farmers and state government arriving at an agreement and the farmers calling off their protest at 4 PM this evening. The government has claimed that they have agreed to all the demands of the farmers, though it would take some time to implement it, e.g. the state government will take up the matter of minimum support price of 1.5 times the cost of protuction with the centre before implementing it.
Around 35,000 farmers from across Maharashtra undertook a 180-kilometre journey on foot from Nashik to Mumbai and congregated Azad Maidan at 7 AM on Monday morning. Members of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), the farmers' wing of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM), along with other farmers’ unions organised the protest march which was launched from Nashik last Tuesday.
The farmers are demanding an unconditional waiver of loans as well as electricity bills and want the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations which includes an announcement of a minimum support price 1.5 times the cost of production for every agriculture produce and a pension scheme for farmers. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis aftert a high-level meeting yesterday informed that a six-member cabinet committee will discuss the farmers' demands. NCP president Sharad Pawar, state Congress president Ashok Chavan, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray and MNS chief Raj Thackeray have extended their support to the grieving farmers.
The residents of Mumbai welcomed the farmers with food and refreshments, some even offered footwear to show standing in solidarity with them on this cause.The Thane Matadata Jagran Manch provided nearly 500kg of food grains to the farmers who camped for the night at BMC octroi ground. They said they have been in touch with them from the very beginning of the march and although the organizers refused to accept donations they want to help them.