Kisan Long March, Maharashtra

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Kisan Long March, Maharashtra
Date March 06, 2018 — March 12, 2018
Location From Nashik to Mumbai, Maharashtra
Caused by
  • Large scale destruction of crops due to unpredictable weather and poor rainfall
  • Improper implementation of loan waiver schemes for farmers announced in 2017 by the Maharashtra government
Goals
  • Complete and proper implementation of the loan waiver scheme announced in 2017
  • Implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006
  • Compensation for damages to cotton crops resulting from bollworm infestation and the unseasonal rains and hailstorm
  • Implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendation for fixing the minimum support price at one-and-a-half times the cost of production
Resulted in

Kisan Rally or Kisan Long March was a large scale protest march by farmers in the Indian state of Maharashtra, organized by the All India Kisan Sabha, the peasants front of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)[1]. Around 40,000 to 50,000 farmers marched a distance of 180km from Nashik to Mumbai to gherao the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha[2]. The peaceful march came to a conclusion on March 12, 2018, after all the demands put forth by the protesters were met by the Maharashtra government[3].

Background[edit]

The farming sector in the state of Maharashtra was badly affected by numerous factors including unseasonal rainfalls, hailstorm, and pest infestations. An estimated 2414 farmers had taken their lives in the state between January 1 and October 31, 2017[4]. Considering these issues, among others, the government had announced a conditional loan waiver amounting to Rs 34,000 crore in 2017, but it was not implemented as promised.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 12, ET Online | Mar; 2018; Ist, 08 10 Pm, Kisan Long March: All you need to know about Maha farmers' agitation | The Economic Times Video | ET Now, retrieved 2018-03-14 
  2. ^ "Kisan Sabha protest march reaches Mulund". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 2018-03-10. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-03-14. 
  3. ^ Team, BS Web (2018-03-12). "Maharashtra farmers call off protest; Fadnavis bows to pressure: Highlights". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2018-03-14. 
  4. ^ "Farmers' long march to Mumbai: 5 things to know about the protest". www.dailyo.in. Retrieved 2018-03-14.