Around 25,000 farmers today set out for Mumbai from Nashik in northern Maharashtra as part of a “long march” protest organised by the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) for a complete loan waiver and other demands. The farmers from districts of Thane and Palghar on way to Mumbai are expected to join the march later.
Addressing a huge gathering of farmers at the CBS chowk in central Nashik this evening, farmer leaders announced they would ‘gherao’ the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha in Mumbai, a distance of 180 kms from Nashik, for resolution of their issues.
Agriculturists have been demanding a complete waiver of loans and electricity bills apart from implementation of the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission. “We also want the state government to refrain from forceful acquisition of farm lands in the name of development projects like Super Highway and Bullet Train,” AIKS Secretary Raju Desle said while addresing the farmers.
Timeline of events:
Farmers gather in huge numbers at CBS bus stand in Nashik on March 6
March 6 evening: Valdevi River to Raigad Nagar – 20kms
March 7 noon: Reach Khambale near Igatpuri- less than 10 kms
Same evening: Reached Ghatandevi near Kasara Ghat – 17 kms
March 8th Noon: Reach Kasara, Sai Dham ground – 20kms
Evening at Kalam Reached village near Shahapur- 20 kms
March 9th Noon: Reached Shahapur near Vasindh Gaon-20kms
March 9th evening: Reached Valkas Padha near Bhatsa River- 20 kms
March 10th Noon: Reached Sonale near Bhiwandi- 20 kms
March 10th evening: Arrived at Anand Nagar near Thane- 17 kms
March 11th noon: Arrived at Godrej near Vikhroli- 10kms
March 11th evening: Reached Somaiya College ground in Sion- 6.2kms
March 12th morning: Reached Azad Maidan at 5 am – 23 kms
March 12th noon: A delegation visits Vidhan Bhavan