Yet another major farmers’ protest is playing out as they are marching from Thane to Mumbai
to reach the well known Azad Maidan.
This comes as eight months after a similar protest saw a sea of red – formed by farmers in red caps – on a long march through Maharashtra.
The farmers are persisting with their demands for compensation for drought as well as unconditional farm loan waiver and the transfer of forest rights to tribals.
In the run-up to the 2019 national election, states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab have been facing massive farmer protests.
The farmers across Maharashtra gathered at Thane overnight for the march that will be led by Swaraj Abhiyan activist Yogendra Yadav and conservationist Rajendra Singh.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also directed officials on Tuesday to ensure that the pending Rs. 6,830 crore arrears were immediately paid to the cane farmers.
He said that Rs. 1,000 crore had been released as the first installment of the easy loan scheme worth Rs. 4,000 crore.>