The protest of 35,000 farmers comes to an end after government accepts most of the demands of the Maharashtra farmer who embarked a ‘Long March’ for their various demands. After, the journey of 180-km on foot from Nashik in seven days, the state government has finally accepted all their demands. The farmers had turn Mumbai ground into the red sea for their demands of an unconditional loan. The demands that were accepted include transferring rights of forest land cultivated by tribal farmers and relaxation of certain conditions in the farm loan waiver scheme.
According to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, “The march comprise of about 90% landless tribals, who mainly wanted the forest land they have been tilling for years to be transferred to them. We will complete the process in the next six months”. He further added, “We have agreed to set up a committee to hand over forest land used for farming, to tribals and farmers. A meeting was held with representatives of farmers and Adivasis at Vidhan Bhawan today. We have agreed to set up a committee to allow agricultural land to tribals provided they submit a proof of pre-2005 land cultivation. We have accepted almost all their demands”.
The government also agreed to transfer the forest land to the original tillers, under the Forest Rights Act, 2006, within six.
While addressing farmers camping at Azad Maidan, State’s Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said their “all demands” are being accepted.
The government has also made special arrangements for agitating farmers to return back to their land. Central Railway will run two special trains from Mumbai’s CSMT to Bhusawal at 8.50 pm and 10.00 pm.