Farmers Call Off Agitation As Maharashtra Government Accepts Demands

| March 12 , 2018 , 19:05 IST

The massive farmer protest that culminated in Mumbai after a 180 kilometers long march has finally been called off. The protest was called off after the Maharashtra Government accepted the demands of the protesting farmers.

A 12-member delegation of the farmers met the Government representatives in the afternoon following which the government gave its acceptance in writing. The farmers will now head back from Mumbai and two special trains have been arranged for the same. As per ANI, Central Railway will run two special trains from Mumbai's CSMT to Bhusawal at 8.50 pm and 10.00 pm on Monday to send the agitating farmers back.

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State Irrigation Minister Girish Mahajan said, "We've had a positive meeting with farmers in which all their demands were discussed. They made around 12-13 demands out of which we've accepted some while rest were not acceptable due to technical issues. We will be giving them a written draft of it. I think they're satisfied with our decisions."

Tribal Affairs Minister Vishnu Savara said, “The farmers complained that they should be given the rights to whatever piece of land they cultivate. The Chief Minister has agreed, Chief Secretary will follow up and the implementation will start in six months.

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Meanwhile, social-activist Anna Hazare said that now the government must really deliver on its promises.

“Only promising to fulfill the demands won't work, it's now the duty of the govt to work towards fulfilling what they've committed. They should think about the welfare of farmers so that they don't have to take it to the road next time,” he said