Written byShalini Ojha
The massive march, organized by Rashtriya Kisan Sangh, started from Saharanpur on September 11 and Kisan Ghat in the heart of the capital was supposed to be the culminating point.
But the farmers were stopped earlier in the day.
This morning, the protesting farmers started their march from Noida's Transport Nagar and heavy forces were deployed to deal with any violence.
The farmers were supposed to reach Kisan Ghat, a memorial of famous farmer-leader Chaudhary Charan Singh, through Akshardham and ITO.
However, police stopped them near Ghazipur on NH-24.
Reportedly, talks between the outfit and Agriculture Ministry didn't yield any results.
As it turns out, loan waivers aren't the only thing the farmers are demanding.
They also want free electricity for irrigation, free education, and other health facilities. The outfit also wants farmers and laborers to get a pension of Rs. 5,000 after they turn 60.
They are also demanding that the price of crops should be decided only in the presence of farmers' representatives.
Moreover, the body wants that if a farmer dies accidentally, he/she should get "martyr status". The farmers should also get benefits of an accident insurance scheme.
They want that cattle maintenance fee set by the state government is increased from Rs. 30/day to Rs. 300/day.
Sugarcane farmers must get the price of the crop with interest on time, is another thing which they are demanding.
Further, the farmers also want a High Court and AIIMS to be set up in West UP. They are also demanding that all polluted rivers should be treated and that all suggestions of the Swaminathan Commission are implemented soon.
Disclosing why they decided to hold the march, Radhe Thakur, the Vice-President of the body, said they were let down by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"At present, the condition of farmers is miserable. They are struggling with the economic crisis, while the government is sleeping," he said.
He added that until they get assurance from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath they won't budge.
"Sugarcane farmers have not been paid on time. By increasing the electricity rate, the Yogi Adityanath government in UP is creating a burden on the farmers due to which they are forced to commit suicides," he went on.
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