PUNE: Around 1,000 farmers from Marathwada under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), Pune unit, staged a protest march on Tuesday from Oriental Insurance Company office in Shivajinagar to the Agriculture Commissionerate near Pune railway station.
Addressing a press meet, AIKS leaders alleged that the financial relief given to them was an insult as the amount was not adequate after the huge crop loss due to the rain.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has proposed a relief of Rs 8,000 per hectare up to 2 hectares for agriculture kharif crops and Rs 18,000 per hectare up to 2 hectares for horticulture and perennial crops.
AIKS Maharashtra State Secretary Ajit Navale said, “It is an insult to us after the Governor proposed Rs 8,000 per hectare for agriculture kharif crops, which means Rs 80 per guntha (1,000 sq ft). Farmers will not tolerate this insult. We have decided to hand over Rs 80 in a closed envelope addressed to the PM, the Governor and the Agriculture Commissioner at his office for insulting us and our hard work,” Navale said.
Farmers had gathered outside the office of the Oriental Insurance Company as part of the protest for the past five days. They claimed that the company has still not released their insurance claims for the 2018 kharif season.
AIKS leader Ajay Burade said, “Farmers from Beed and other parts of Marathwada have gathered at the Oriental Insurance office from November 13 but no one has paid attention to their grievances.”
“Till now, out of the 17,851 farmers, 13,878 have not received relief. If this is not resolved soon, AIKS has planned another big protest march across the State on November 25,” said Burade.