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Monday, 12 March 2018 - 14:54
Maharashtra farmers stage ‘huge’ protest
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The farmers’ protest in Maharashtra has reached Mumbai with the demand of “unconditional” loan waiver for the crop loss due to unseasonal rain.

Over 35,000 farmers in the state have marched 180 km for the past six days agitating against the government’s decision to allow loan waiver but it was “partial and conditional”.

The farmers also want the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations and Forest Rights Act and an increase in pension schemes for poor peasants and farm workers.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the government was “sensitive and positive” towards the demands of farmers and tribes.

A similar protest in the state was witnesses last year following which the state government had announced the loan waiver.

Last year, a series of protests emerged from different states — Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, following which four states announced partial loan waivers.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley last June ruled out any farm loan waiver from the central government with an aim to stick to fiscal deficit target.

The Narendra Modi in the fiscal year 2017-2018 missed its fiscal deficit target by 0.3 percentage points and for the next fiscal year has kept a fiscal deficit target of 3.3% of the GDP as against 3% planned earlier.

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