The Farmers protest march (Kisan March), started in Maharashtra today in which Farmers will cover a 180-km long stretch from Nashik to Mumbai by foot. Farmers from 23 districts across Maharashtra arrived in Nashik on Wednesday, to start their journey towards Mumbai. In excess of 50,000 plus farmers are a part of the march, which is planned to end outside the Maharashtra assembly on February 27.
The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), which is behind this march, has accused the Devendra Fadnavis government of not fulfilling the promises made to farmers in March last year when they had marched from Nashik to Mumbai.
The list of demands raised by the AIKS is similar to what they had sought from the government last year, ‘farm loan waiver, minimum support price, irrigation facilities and provision of a pension to farmers’. In addition, the Kisan Sabha has also asked the Chief Minister to sanction 40,000 rupees per acre as immediate aid to drought-affected farmers.
The Kisan march had then forced the state government to give in-principle acceptance to several of their demands.
“A year has passed but the state government has not fulfilled promises. Hence, the long march would be taken out against the betrayal of farmers by BJP-led state and central governments,” the AIKS said.