Farmers of All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) march from Nashik to Mumbai to gherao Vidhan Bhawan in Mumbai on Monday, demanding a loan waiver. PTI
Farmers of All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) march from Nashik to Mumbai to gherao Vidhan Bhawan in Mumbai on Monday, demanding a loan waiver. PTI

Mumbai farmer protest LIVE: Stir called off as Maharashtra govt accepts demands

Farmers converge at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan demanding unconditional loan waiver and plan to march to Maharashtra assembly later. Here are the latest updates and developments

NEW DELHI : New Delhi: The ongoing farmers’ agitation is likely to be called off after a meeting between a 12-member farmers delegation and a committee of ministers appointed by the Devendra Fadnavis government in Mumbai on Monday afternoon.The government has reportedly accepted major demands of farmers and will implement it in next six months. Earlier, thousands of farmers from across Maharashtra, who started on a ‘Long March’ from Nashik last Tuesday, descended in south Mumbai’s Azad Maidan to press for their demands of unconditional loan waiver, and transfer of forest land to tribal farmers who have been tilling it for years.The movement is spearheaded by the Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s All India Kisan Sabha. Apart from opposition parties, Shiv Sena, a partner in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition, too, has vocally supported the agitation.Here are the latest updates and developments from farmers’ protest in Mumbai.

12 Mar 2018, 09:44:00 PM IST

Have accepted almost all demands of farmers: Maharashtra CM

Mumbai: Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that his government had agreed to almost all the demands of the farmers who participated in the “long march” that culminated here today. He said that the government would set up a committee to hand over ownership of land, currently notified as forests, to Adivasi farmers tilling them. It was one of the primary demands of the farmers and tribals who participated in the ‘long march’.“A meeting was held with farmers and Adivasi representatives in the Vidhan Bhavan (Legislative Complex). We have agreed to set up a committee to allot such land to Adivasis, provided they submit proof that they have been tilling it. The proof document should be from before 2005. We have accepted almost all their demands,” Fadnavis told reporters outside the state assembly. PTI

12 Mar 2018, 08:30:00 PM IST

Maharashtra CM on the Mumbai farmer protest

12 Mar 2018, 08:15:00 PM IST

PM to inaugurate ‘Krishi Unnati Mela’ this weekend

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate a three-day ‘Krishi Unnati Mela’ starting 16 March with a focus on doubling farmers’ income. The fair will be held at the Pusa campus in Delhi.Modi will also give away Krishi Karman Awards to states and progressive farmers who have made outstanding contribution in the field of agriculture. According to people aware of the matter, Modi will visit the theme pavilion and address farmers on 17 March. PTI

12 Mar 2018, 08:04:00 PM IST

After Mumbai, farmers protest in Odisha over MSP, pension

Bhubaneswar: After Mumbai, it was the turn of the Odisha assembly to face protests by farmers as thousands of them launched a protest in front of it today.The farmers are demanding a hike in the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy to Rs5,000 per quintal. They are also seeking a pension of Rs5,000 per month for the state’s 36 lakh farmers. There is no pension for farmers at present in the state. Read more

12 Mar 2018, 07:30:00 PM IST

Mumbai farmer protest called off

12 Mar 2018, 07:25:00 PM IST

Maharashtra govt accepts demands, farmer protest called off

Mumbai: Under pressure from the opposition and ally Shiv Sena, the BJP-led Maharashtra government today accepted the demands of agitating farmers, including their right to till forest land, as thousands of agriculturists converged at the Azad Maidan in a sea of red. The farmer protest has been called off.In a major victory for the farmers who trekked 180km from Nashik to here over six days under the blazing sun, some even barefooted, state revenue minister Chandrakant Patil said their “all demands” are being accepted. He was addressing farmers camping at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai in the presence of CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury.Talking to reporters outside Vidhan Bhawan, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “We have agreed to set up a committee to hand over forest land used for farming, to tribals and farmers. A meeting was held with representatives of farmers and adivasis at Vidhan Bhawan today. We have agreed to set up a committee to allot agricultural land to tribals provided they submit a proof of pre-2005 land cultivation. We have accepted almost all their demands,” Fadnavis said. PTI

12 Mar 2018, 07:15:00 PM IST

Fadnavis-farmers meeting a ‘match fixing’: Congress leader

Mumbai: A meeting between Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and a delegation of agitating farmers here today over their demands was nothing but a “sort of match fixing”, a senior Congress leader said.The Congress leader, who was part of the meet, alleged leaders of the Opposition were made to wait out for an hour, while both parties (the government and the All India Kisan Sabha representatives) held a closed-door meeting after lunch. “Not just the Opposition, even the ministers were kept waiting outside when the farmer organisation’s representatives and the chief minister met for around 2 hours in the latter’s ante-chamber. “This has raised suspicion that the whole meeting was a sort of match-fixing,” said the senior leader, who did not wish to be identified.

12 Mar 2018, 06:35:00 PM IST

Urban Maoists misguiding protesting farmers: Poonam Mahajan

New Delhi: BJP MP Poonam Mahajan today said farmers and tribals protesting in Maharashtra were being misguided by “urban Maoists”. The MP from Mumbai North Central said it was the responsibility of the BJP-led Maharashtra government to sit with the protesters, who were being “captured” by Maoists, to solve their problems.“Sadly, tribals have been captured by the Maoists and their centre is in Pune. The government can do a lot for them, but the (Maoists’) ideology is stopping them. We have seen urban Maoists in many cities of India. They go to districts which are called Maoists affected areas,” Mahajan told reporters outside Parliament.“Maoists are misguiding them (the farmers). It is the responsibility of the Maharashtra government to sit with the farmers and sort out the problem,” she said as Mumbai’s Azad Maidan turned into a sea of red this morning with thousands of farmers carrying red flags converging after walking around 180km from neighbouring Nashik district for six days. PTI

12 Mar 2018, 06:13:00 PM IST

Railways to run 2 special trains to send agitating farmers back

Central Railway to run two special trains from Mumbai’s CSMT to Bhusawal at 8.50pm and 10.00pm today to send the agitating farmers back, ANI reports.

12 Mar 2018, 06:04:00 PM IST

Accepted most demands of farmers, says Maharashtra CM

12 Mar 2018, 05:36:00 PM IST

Govt agrees to transfer forest land to tribal farmers, says Maharashtra minister

12 Mar 2018, 05:29:00 PM IST

Meeting with farmers positive, says Girish Mahajan

12 Mar 2018, 04:48:00 PM IST

Long march highlights country’s agrarian crisis: Kishor Tiwari

The overwhelming response to the farmers’ ‘long march’ has once again brought to the fore the agrarian crisis currently on in the country, Kishor Tiwari, farm activist and chairman of the Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalamban Mission said on Monday. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he urged the government to have a relook at its agrarian programmes in order to mitigate the distress of farmers. Drawing attention to what he called disturbing facts, Tiwari stated that despite schemes like loan waiver, farm credit, irrigation and electricity supply to pump sets, an “unaccountable and hostile” bureaucracy was failing to provide relief to farmers. He said that stringent norms introduced by the bureaucracy was keeping eligible farmers out of the relief network. (PTI)

12 Mar 2018, 04:16:00 PM IST

Farmers protest likely to be called off, says report

The farmers protest in Mumbai will likely be called off after the farmers reached an agreement with the Devendra Fadnavis government, according to CNN-News18. The Fadnavis government has agreed to give written assurances that it would address their grievances within the next two months, it said. The decision was taken after the meeting between a 12-member delegation of farmers with the six-member committee formed by the state government, it adds. (PTI)

12 Mar 2018, 03:54:00 PM IST

Shiv Sena backs farmers’ protest march

The Shiv Sena on Monday threw its weight behind the thousands of farmers who marched from Nashik to Mumbai to highlight their problems and said the party would back them regardless of their red flags. The saffron party also said the role of leaders with communist ideology—a red flag usually symbolises communism—in the agitation for a separate Maharashtra cannot be forgotten. “It is possible that the government may talk of assurances to farmers and even deploy some of its ministers to temporarily confuse them,” the Sena, an ally of the ruling BJP in Maharashtra and at the Centre, said in an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. “However, seeing their persistence it can be gauged that farmers will not fall prey to any of the tactics,” it said. (PTI)

12 Mar 2018, 03:32:00 PM IST

Shiv Sena’s Aditya Thackeray tweets in support of agitating farmers

12 Mar 2018, 03:11:00 PM IST

Fadnavis-Kisan Sabha leaders’ meeting begins in Maharashtra assembly

The meeting with delegation of farmers and all political parties begins at Vidhan Bhavan under the chairmanship of Maharastra CM Devendra Fadnavis, ANI reports.

12 Mar 2018, 02:49:00 PM IST

Accept demands of farmers and tribals: Rahul to PM, Fadnavis

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday urged PM Narendra Modi and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis to shed their egos and accept the “just demands” of the thousands of farmers and tribals protesting in Mumbai. The mammoth farmers march to Mumbai is a “stunning example of people’s power”, Gandhi said on Twitter. The Congress, he added, stands with the farmers and tribals marching to protest against the apathy of the central and state governments. “I appeal to PM Modi and the CM to not stand on ego and to accept their just demands,” Gandhi tweeted. (PTI)

12 Mar 2018, 02:37:00 PM IST

Dabbawalas, Mumbaikars provide food to protesting farmers

The famed ‘dabbawalas’ of Mumbai and the city residents came out to help the thousands of farmers, who walked for six days to reach the city from Nashik to raise their various demands, by providing them food and water. Subhash Talekar, the spokesperson of Mumbai Dabbawala Association, said, “We thought about helping the farmers with food as they are our food-providers and have come from remote parts of the state.” “We asked our men working between Dadar (in Central Mumbai) and Colaba (South Mumnbai) to collect food and deliver it to our farmer brothers at the Azad Maidan,” he said. (PTI)

12 Mar 2018, 02:25:00 PM IST

We are positive in fulfilling farmers demands: Devendra Fadnavis

12 Mar 2018, 02:16:00 PM IST

Heavy police security in Mumbai for farmers’ march

The Mumbai police is leaving no stone unturned to maintain law and order as thousands of farmers converged at the Azad Maidan in the city on Monday. “Some more farmers are expected to join the march from neighbouring districts. The police personnel are on their toes and prepared enough to maintain law and order,” Deven Bharti, the joint-commissioner of police (crime), told PTI. “The march has came all the way peacefully to the country’s financial capital,” Bharti said, adding that the police hope to disperse the protesters also in a peaceful manner. As a huge number of protesters have gathered in the city, the police is keeping a tab to ward off any possible anti-social elements from taking advantage of the situation, another official said. (PTI)

12 Mar 2018, 01:46:00 PM IST

Mumbaikars helping farmers, provide water, biscuits

12 Mar 2018, 01:19:00 PM IST

Farmers delegation reach Maharashtra assembly to discuss demands

12 Mar 2018, 01:02:00 PM IST

Govt positive towards farmers’ demands: Devendra Fadnavis

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said his government was “sensitive and positive” towards the demands of farmers and tribals, who have marched from Nashik to Mumbai to draw the administration’s attention towards their problems. Fadnavis was responding to a discussion in the Assembly, initiated by Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, who lauded the farmers participating in the ‘Kisan Long March’ for their peaceful protest while demanding a complete loan waiver and compensation for hailstorm and pink bollworm pest attack on crops. (PTI)

12 Mar 2018, 12:42:00 PM IST

Committe formed to resolve farmers’ issues

The committee formed to resolve the farmers’ issues includes revenue minister Chandrakant Patil, water resources minister Girish Mahajan, co-operation minister Subhash Deshmukh, public undertakings minister Eknath Shinde and tribal welfare minister Vishnu Savra. (PTI)

12 Mar 2018, 12:31:00 PM IST

Why did Fadnavis govt wait so long to understand farmers’ woes, asks Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil

Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil lashed out at the government and asked why it “waited so long” to understand farmers’ woes. “Govt has woken up so invited farmers for talks. Why didn’t they show such understanding earlier. Come what may government has to fulfil all demands of farmers. All Congress legislators (are) with the farmers,” the Congress leader said. (PTI)

12 Mar 2018, 12:16:00 PM IST

Raj Thackeray’s MNS extends support to farmers’ demands

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday came out in support of the farmers who reached Mumbai after undertaking a ‘Long March’ to Mumbai from Nashik to press their various demands including full loan waiver. “This government is incapable of doing anything. I have come to greet you. You have come all the way in this heat. Give me the reins of power and I will show what can be done. Don’t forget your bleeding feet. These people (the BJP-led Maharashtra government) have shown you dreams, but have not kept their word. Don’t fall prey to their promises. They value you only during elections. Farmer suicides haven’t stopped in this state yet. Tomorrow the government will try to fob you off with some promises. But the government itself is pauper, so what can it offer you?,” the MNS chief said, addressing thousands of farmers who rested at Somaiya Ground in Sion area after reaching Mumbai. (PTI)

12 Mar 2018, 11:46:00 AM IST

Farm sector growth to contract by 8.3%: Maharashtra economic survey

Maharashtra’s economic survey for 2017-18, tabled on Thursday, estimates that the farm sector’s growth will contract by 8.3% in the current fiscal.

12 Mar 2018, 11:42:00 AM IST

Rs13782 crore transferred into 3.5 million bank accounts of farmers till 6 March, says Maharashtra FM

Maharashtra finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on Friday said till March 6, banks have transferred Rs13782 crore into more than 3.5 million bank accounts of farmer on account of farm loan waiver and incentive scheme.

12 Mar 2018, 11:36:00 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi on farmers issue: Not just Maharashtra, farmers across India affected

12 Mar 2018, 11:24:00 AM IST

Farmers congregate at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan

12 Mar 2018, 11:20:00 AM IST

Farmers to meet Devendra Fadnavis at Vidhan Bhavan at 2pm

A meeting between a group of ministers, led by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, and a delegation of farmers is expected to take place around 2pm at Vidhan Bhavan. It has been postponed slightly for the condolence motion following the demise of Congress leader Patangrao Kadam and for filing of nominations for Rajya Sabha.Earlier, the Devendra Fadnavis government reached out to farmers, promising to meet their demands, but farmer leaders said they will press on with Monday’s protest at Vidhan Bhavan (Legislature Complex), according to a PTI report on Sunday. On Monday, PTI quoted CPM leader Ashok Dhawle as saying, “We will begin our rally after 11am today so that students appearing for their Class 10 board exam don’t face any difficulties.”

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