All India Kisan Sabha announces farmers' rally on 20 Feb to press for farm loan waiver, pension and MSP

The new long march also follows 208 organisations of farmers from parts of the country staging protest in Delhi in November, 2018, raising the demands.

Press Trust of India February 05, 2019 21:57:41 IST
All India Kisan Sabha announces farmers' rally on 20 Feb to press for farm loan waiver, pension and MSP
  • At least 40,000 farmers had taken out the protest march in March, 2018 to press for several demands

  • The farmers' bodies have been up in arms against the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project as well

  • The AIKS claimed that the upcoming march will have twice the number of farmers taking part in it as compared to last year

Mumbai: Accusing the government of not fulfilling the promises made last year, the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) Tuesday announced that the peasants' bodies would once again take out a long march from Nashik to Mumbai beginning 20 February.

"The farmers will reach Mumbai on 27 February," the AIKS said in a statement after its meeting.

Farmers - 40,000 in number as pegged by the AIKS - had taken out the protest march in March, 2018, between the two cities to press for several demands, including farm loan waiver, minimum support price and provision of water and pension to farmers.

All India Kisan Sabha announces farmers rally on 20 Feb to press for farm loan waiver pension and MSP

Representational image. Reuters

The farmers' bodies have been up in arms against the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project as well. The state government had "woken up" to and had accepted the farmers' demands after they took out the march between Nashik and Mumbai, it said.

"A year has passed, but the government has not executed the promises it made. There is dissent among the farmers," the AIKS said in the statement.

"Hence, a long march will be taken out again against this betrayal by the Centre and state government," it said.

The statement was jointly issued by AIKS president Ashok Dhawale and its leaders JP Gavit, Kisan Gujar, Arjun Aade and Ajit Navale.

The AIKS claimed that the upcoming march will have twice the number of farmers taking part in it as compared to last year. It said farmers from 23 districts of the state will take part in it.

The new long march also follows 208 organisations of farmers from parts of the country staging protest in Delhi in November, 2018, raising the demands.

"It was expected that the Centre would make provisions in the Union Budget to fulfil the demands. But those were not fulfilled in the interim Union Budget presented by Minister Piyush Goyal," the statement said.

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