Gadchiroli Aug. 30 (District Correspondent) Communist Party of India, Maharashtra Rajya Kisan Sabha, Lal Bavata Shetmazoor Union and All India Women’s Federation took out a morcha on Tehsil office of Armori on Monday to press the various demands of farmers and poor citizens.
The march was led by CPI State Executive Member Dr. Mahesh Kopulwar, District Secretary Devrao Chavale and Adv. By Jagdish Meshram.
After winding through the main streets of the town, the morcha reached the tehsil office where a memorandum of demands addressed to the Prime Minister of India was submitted to the Tehsildar Kalyankumar Dahat.
The main demands included- farmers affected by heavy rains and floods should be given financial aid of Rs. 50,000 per hectare, Rs. 100000 to those whose farms have been swept away, those whose houses were damaged due to rain should be given the benefit of Gharkul Yojana immediately and financial assistance of 5 lakhs for gharkul, plots of land should be allotted to encroachment holders, financial assistance of Shravanabal, Sanjay Gandhi Yojana should be given to the beneficiaries immediately.
The memorandum further demanded that a special law to give minimum monthly pension of Rs. 10,000 to the labourers, unorganized workers and landless people should be enacted, farmers should be provided 24 hours electricity, the forest department should immediately take care of tigers, inflation should be reduced by reducing the prices of petrol, diesel and domestic gas, GST levied on food items like cereals-rice, wheat, dal, milk, curd, books etc should be abolished, Electricity Bill – 2022 should be withdrawn, daily farm work, sowing operations should be done under MGNREGA, building and other construction workers should be given Rs.5000/- for purchase of materials etc.
The march then turned into a public meeting in front of the Tehsil office which was addressed by the leaders. A large number of farmers, farm laborers, elderly destitute, disabled, women, men, youth and students participated in this march. After this, the protestors sent a statement of the said demand to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde through Tehsildar Kalyan Kumar Dahat.
Ms. Meenakshi Selokar, Sindhutai Kapkar, Prakash Khobragade and other workers took pains for the success of the morcha.