Was doing foot march for last 6 months
The farmers, who have been fighting for 18 years to get back the ancestral rights on the land declared as forest, started the movement on 12 March. Thousands of tribal farmers from Dindori in Nashik district left for Mumbai on foot. Apart from this, there was also a demand for Rs 600 per quintal relief for onions, 12 hours uninterrupted power supply and farm loan waiver.
Government accepted 14 demands on Friday
While agreeing to the demands of the farmers on March 17, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde placed this information on the floor of the Vidhan Sabha. Shinde informed the assembly that he had spoken to the farmers’ representatives on the 14-point demand, including rights over forests, encroachment on forest land, temple trusts and transfer of grazing land to farmers.
‘Government accepted all demands’
Farmer leader and former CPIM MLA JP Gavit said, ‘The government has accepted all our demands. A committee has been formed for some questions which were related to the governance, which will give its report within a fixed time as to how the demands of the farmers are to be met.
The farmer died during the foot march
Meanwhile, Pundalik Ambo Jadhav, a 58-year-old farmer from a village near Dindori in Nashik, died on Saturday during the foot march. After Jadhav’s death, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced a compensation of Rs five lakh to the family members of the deceased farmer.
‘The police who were killing us brought us the message’
JP Gavit said in a conversation with a news portal, ‘The government and the police who were initially trying to drive us away by killing us. Later the same police came to us with the message of the government seeing our numbers and the strength of the struggle. The police told us not to walk, the government wants to talk to you. After this, the government has also accepted our demands, for which we thank it.
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