The second long march of Farmers has begun and farmers are all set to march to Mumbai from Nashik. The march includes 7500 Tribals, landless agriculturalists along with small farmers.
These farmers have come from areas including Trimbakeshwar, Peint, Palghar, Kalwan and many neighbouring areas.
The vehicles of farmers were full of things including rice, flour, oil and salt for the upcoming seven-day march. The march was previously supposed to begin on February 20 itself, however, the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) explained that farmers would reach on February 21, as the crowd coming from Thane and Palghar were delayed due to the police stopping them and were to reach on Thursday.
The march will come to an end at the state Legislative Assembly in Mumbai on February 27, during the Budget Session.
A day of delay in the second long march gave the Maharashtra government a breather and an opportunity to talk to the agitated farmers so as to reach for a settlement. For this, Water Resources Minister and Guardian Minister of Nashik, Girish Mahajan had been deputed who already arrived in the city.
However, the meeting was not fruitful enough and AIKS leaders declared that they would continue the march. The march will be joined by 50,000 farmers from 23 districts.
The march is being held for demands which includes waiving of farm loans and power bills. Farmers have also asked the government to support them for the losses suffered by them. In addition to this, farmers have demanded the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report, which focuses on small-scale farmers issues and provision of minimum support prices.
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