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When 50,000 Farmers Have To Walk 200 Km For Their Rights

In a major victory for the farmers who trekked 180km from Nashik to here over six days under the blazing sun, some even barefooted, state revenue minister Chandrakant Patil said their “all demands” are being accepted. (PTI)



The feet that traversed 200 kilometres from Nashik to Mumbai. Every year more than 12000 farmers are committing suicide in India.


“Tribals have been captured by the Maoists and their centre is in Pune. The government can do a lot for them, but the (Maoists’) ideology is stopping them. We have seen urban Maoists in many cities of India. They go to districts which are called Maoists affected areas,” said Poonam Mahajan, BJP MP from Mumbai North Central.
“Unaccountable and hostile bureaucracy was failing to provide relief to farmers. Stringent norms introduced by the bureaucracy was keeping eligible farmers out of the relief network,” said Kishor Tiwari, farm activist and chairman of the Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalamban Mission.


Maharashtra’s economic survey for 2017-18, tabled on Thursday, estimates that the farm sector’s growth will contract by 8.3% in the current fiscal.
Many of the participants in the protests were either tribal, demanding implementation of Forest Land Rights Act 2006, or land tillers (not owners) who have no institutional credit to their name but suffer excruciatingly in case of a failed crop. (Firstpost)
Their demands included basic things such as new and renewed ration cards so that they can access the Public Distribution System, or imploring the government to fix data/ technical errors in the database of beneficiaries for government schemes such as Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojna and Shravan Bal Yojna. (Firstpost)
Priyanka Chaturvedi

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