Farmers' march reaches Thane, to gherao Assembly on Monday

Mumbai's Dabbawalas delivers food to farmers at Azad Maidan

Mumbai's Dabbawalas delivers food to farmers at Azad Maidan

Over 30,000 farmers, are marching from Nashik to Mombai today.

Ashok Dhavle, president of the All India Kisan Sabha, said: "From the forest land right to loan waiver, the government merely made promises to the Tribals and farmers, but did nothing". With thousands of distressed farmers, he set out on a long march from Nashik to Mumbai, covering 165 km, with the idea of reaching the doorstep of the state government at Vidhan Bhavan while the budget session is underway, and refusing to budge until their demands are met.

Nearly 70 percent of the 300 million Indians are directly or undirectly dependened of agriculture.

The Nationalist Congress Party and the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena have also offered support to the left-affiliated peasants' outfit.

Security has been tightened in Mumbai and the police has issued traffic advisory for a busy Monday.

Last year, the Maharashtra government had announced a loan waiver of Rs 4,000 crore under the first phase of its farm loan waiver scheme.

Masses of protesting India farmers converge on Mumbai

The spotlight turned on to the most severe agrarian crisis gripping Maharashtra on Sunday with over 35,000 distressed farmers reaching the State Capital to knock at the doors of the BJP-led alliance Government to seek immediate solution for a host of problems facing the farming community across the State. They would submit a memorandum of their demands to the government. But the farmers also want the implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report, which says farmers should be paid one-and-a-half times the cost of production and the Minimum Support Price should be fixed keeping this in mind. Refusing to comment on whether they would be allowed to march to the assembly building tomorrow, joint police commissioner Deven Bharti said, "Top ministers are speaking to them".

On Friday morning, the protest reached Shahapur in Thane district, which is around 73km away from Mumbai. "We will take a delegation to the Chief Minister", Mahajan said, addressing the protesters.

"The Chief Minister (Devendra Fadnavis) has sent me to meet you".

It was wrong to say that farmers were demanding loan waiver, as they are not criminals that they should need a "waiver", Aditya said, adding "farmers are fighting for "freedom from debt".

Though a Bombay High Court order restricts any protests or marches near the Legislative Assembly House area, the farmers on Sunday seemed determined to carry out their march to the Vidhan Bhavan.

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