Sikhs serve Langar to protesting farmers in Mumbai

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Mumbai: Mumbai’s Sikhs have served Langar (food) to the debt ridden farmers, who were marching to the assembly complex.

Langar is an important institution in the Sikh religion. Langar is an integral part of a Gurdwara, where anyone can eat food sitting in Pangat (Queue), without any discrimination. There is a order to Sikhs to feed the needy people anywhere, not only in Gurdwaras .

Other hand Muslims brother also distributed snacks, dates & water to the farmers.

Niraj Bhatia from Mumbai Tweted “Sikh brothers distribute food, muslim brothers distribute snacks,dates & water, some Mumbaikars provide breakfast @ Azad Maidan with footwears 2 farmers walking barefoot. Sea of farmers 2 meet CM over non fulfillment of promises made by Mah Gov”

 

The farmers plan to surround the Assembly complex to press for their demands of an unconditional loan waiver, and transfer of forest land to tribal farmers who have been tilling it for years.

The Maharashtra farmers plan to surround the Assembly complex to press for their demands of an unconditional loan waiver, and transfer of forest land to tribal farmers who have been tilling it for years.

Azad Maidan in south Mumbai turned into a sea of red on Monday morning as thousands of farmers, carrying red flags, converged here after walking around 180 km under blazing sun over the last six days.

They reached Azad Maidan early on Monday, after camping at KJ Somaiya Ground in Sion area.

The CPI (M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha, which is spearheading the protest, said it would consider what the government had to offer.

CPI (M) leader Ashok Dhawle said over 50,000 people had joined the protest.

In November last year, the state government announced a farm loan waiver, terming it the “biggest loan waiver in Maharashtra’s history”.

Last month, Governor Vidyasagar Rao told the state legislature that the government had transferred over Rs 12,000 crore into bank accounts of 31 lakh farmers.

Farmers also want the implementation of the MS Swaminathan Commission report, which says farmers should be paid one-and-a-half times the cost of production and the Minimum Support Price should be fixed keeping this in mind.

While there is no likelihood of all farmers being allowed to proceed to the Assembly complex from Azad Maidan, a delegation of farmer leaders will be allowed to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. 

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