Culminating their 27-day-long ‘walkathon’ covering 340km, thousands of tribals, Dalits and villagers from 15 states on Sunday marched into New Delhi demanding rights to land and livelihood.
Walking 10-12km a day from 2 October, more than 20,000 people started their journey from Gwalior to persuade the government for an overhauling of policies regarding land reforms and for eradication of poverty and hunger.
The Janadesh March was organized by Ekta Parishad, a social movement that mobilizes action on three broad basic rural livelihood issues; people’s right to land, water and forests. It is an initiative to bring land reforms to the centre stage in rural development policies, Parishad founder and rally leader P.V. Rajgopal said.
The protesters’ demands include setting up a National Land Authority, fast-track courts and a single-window system to deal with land and livelihood disputes.