Farmers call off stir as Maha govt meets 2 of their 9 demands

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MUMBAI: The farmers’ march that began a week ago from Nashik and culminated in Mumbai was called off on Monday after the state government gave specific commitments on two of the protestors’ nine demands and assured in writing the rest would be looked into by committees it would constitute.
However, after a four-hour meeting with the cultivators’ 15-member delegation, the government remained non-committal on seven demands.

CPM’s farmer wing, the Kisan Sabha, that organized the march — the Communists’ first show of strength in Maharashtra in a long time — had asked for an unconditional loan waiver, transfer of forest land in the name of landless tribals, and a committee for agricultural pricing and compensation for the pink bollworm attack, which affected 35 lakh cotton farmers.

“We have agreed to most of the demands raised by farmers and tribals. Their main demand was for transfer of forest land in their names. We have constituted a special team to complete the…

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