Thousands Of Indian Farmers March To Mumbai Seeking Govt Support

Protesting farmers

They are landless and can't do farming.

At a protest past year in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, many carried human skulls they said were of farmers who had killed themselves due to deep debt.

A six-month deadline has been set for changes that will take some doing, with a written assurance that some of the demands will be pushed through immediately.

The massive farmers' march to Mumbai was a "stunning example of people's power", Gandhi said on Twitter. "It will be a mass movement", Sitaram Yechury told ANI. The crowd of protest, made up mostly of farmers, was being led by the National Farmers Organization, which has been heavily linked to the Communist Party of India. "This long march started after govt went back on their promises back then", Sitaram Yechury added.

Farmers had demanded complete and unconditional implementation of loan waiver scheme announced previous year, implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006, compensation for 35 lakh cotton farmers whose crops have been damaged due to pink bollworm infestation, unseasonal rains and hailstorms.

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After holding a meeting with a delegation of farmers in Mumbai, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday evening accepted most of their demands.

The protestors walked 180 km from Nashik to Mumbai over the course of a few days and plan to stage a sit-in protest outside the state legislative assembly building, where the annual budget session is underway.

In the afternoon, they were escorted by the police to meet Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu to submit a memorandum of their demands.

Maharashtra, India's most prosperous state, had announced a farm loan waiver of 340 billion rupees (5.23 billion dollars) in June 2017, but the protest leaders said it failed to benefit all needy farmers.

"There are two dedicated trains for farmers wanting to return - one a 13-coach general class one at 8.50 pm and the other with 18 coaches at 10 pm, both from CSMT to Bhusawal".

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