To support the farmers’ march to New Delhi next week, an auto-rickshaw union in Dombivali will start a signature campaign and the petition will be submitted to the President of India. Around 20,000 farmers, led by the Bhartiya Kisan Union leader, will march from Haridwar to New Delhi with their demands, including loan waiver, clearance of pending sugarcane payments and implementation of the Swaminathan Committee Report.
The Lal Bavta auto-rickshaw union will organise the campaign near Dombivali station on November 25.
“We hope to get support from doctors and engineers. We will be there from the morning and sit through the day to ask for support. We already have the support of more than 1,000 rickshaw drivers,” said Kalu Komaskar, the president of the union.
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“Not one government in power has done justice to the cause of farmers. Farmers are the backbone of the country and they are in great trouble. Their peaceful protest to Mumbai has won our heart. If we can help them in any way it will be our honor,” Kamaskar added.
The other demands of the farmers include the assurance of minimum income for them and a monthly pension of Rs 5,000 for small and marginal farmers who completed 60 years. They have also demanded rehabilitation of the families of farmers who have committed suicide.