Fadnavis govt offered roadmap to address agrarian crisis

On March 12, over 15,000 farmers started from Nashik and walked around 180 kilometres and assembled in Mumbai

geetanjali

Geetanjali Minhas | March 13, 2018 | Mumbai


#Farmers   #Mahrashtra   #Devendra Fadnavis  


The Maharashtra government has offered a six-month long roadmap to address the agrarian crisis in the state after thousands of farmers staged a massive rally in Mumbai to protest government’s apathy towards them.

On March 12, over 15,000 farmers started from Nashik and walked around 180 kilometres and assembled in Mumbai.

Farmers had demanded complete and unconditional implementation of loan waiver scheme announced last 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.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis met 15 representatives from farmers’ community and assured them to implement the Forest Rights Act, 2006 with the promise to clear all pending appeals and claims within six months. He said the government had already distributed funds to banks for 4.62 million farmers for loan waivers with 3.55 million beneficiaries till date. Farmers who were not entitled to the loan waiver scheme of 2008 shall be brought under the ambit of the current Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shetkari Sanman Yojana.

Fadnavis government said that it will pursue the implementation of Swaminathan Commission report with centre.

Ajit Navale, state general secretary, All India Kisan Sabha, said, “The government will have to meet our demands of loan waiver. We insisted on written assurance. We have also charted out plans and constituted committees which will work on each demand with representatives of the government,” he said.

General secretary of the Communist Party of India, Sitaram Yechury said that though the government has accepted most of the demands in principle, going by history they are apprehensive.

“Last time after farmers strike they had promised loan waiver of Rs 30,000Cr. As per the budget Rs 3,718 Cr was implemented. We don’t know if all of that has been done. We will wait and see. If they don’t implement their promises we will discuss and next time it will be much bigger movement not just confined to ‘kisans’. The results will be visible in elections,” he said.

“Governmentt is ruining farmers. These farmers are tribal and angry because the government has completely with impunity violated the Forest Rights Bill,” he said.


 

Comments

 

Other News

The light turns amber

In a black salwar-suit and matching headscarf, Ruksana (name changed) listens carefully from a corner of the hall. Members of her support group are talking about their suffering, struggles, aspirations and achievements. At her turn, she slowly opens up. Like that of many others, her story is one of deceit,

Aero India 2019 kicks off in Bengaluru

Five day long Aero India -2019 organised by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was inaugurated at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru on Wednesday.   The French origin Rafale fighter jets are also participating in the event.   Asia’ largest

BHEL builds India’s first regenerative 5,000 HP electric locomotive

In a major technological breakthrough, BHEL has developed the country’s first such regenerative 5,000 horse power (HP) WAG-7 electric locomotive with a modern regeneration system for Indian Railways.   The electric loco was flagged-off by member traction, railway board, Gha

Prime Minister dedicates Rs 33,000 crore projects in Begusarai

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated a host of developmental projects at Ulao airport in Begusarai, Bihar. Modi said these projects will fuel the progress of Bihar and the eastern states. He said that Bihar had the potential to play a pivotal role in driving the growth of the country. “The

IOCL finalises term contract for import of US crude oil grades

IndianOil Corporation has finalised a term contract for import of up to three MMT (million metric tonnes) of crude oil of US origin grades to diversify term crude sources in 2019-20 fiscal. The enterprise has finalised the contact on February 15, 2019.   The value of the cont

For a healthy tomorrow

When Dr Shruti Kamdi (pictured on left), a transfusion specialist at a leading Mumbai hospital, had her first child, she struggled to nurse her baby as she was unable to secrete enough milk. Admitted to a private hospital, she was put on medication to increase breast milk. But that didn’t help much.

Current Issue

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter