20,000 farmers participate in one-day protest march in Lucknow

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LUCKNOW: After farmers in Maharashtra took to its streets like a storm, Uttar Pradesh farmers will participate in a one-day protest march in Lucknow on March 15 to make the government address their demands.
Around 20,000 farmers from 60 districts came to Lucknow for the march being organised by UP Kisan Sabha (UPKS) under the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS). It is titled ‘Lucknow Chalo, Kisan Pratirodh Rally’.
To begin at 11am from Charbagh railway station, the rally of farmers marched a 6km stretch to Laxman Mela ground to reach there by 12 noon. Ashok Dhavale, the convener of the Maharashtra farmer’s march also attended the march.
The farmers’ demands are that the government gives them 1.5 times return for their production cost and loan waiver, rolls back increase in electricity rates and of privatization of seven districts, removes restrictions on animal trade and provides safety to crop from stray animals, provides Rs 5,000 as pension to every farmer and laborer over 60 years of age, gives cheap ration to all and safeguards law and order situation, especially towards women, Dalits and minorities.

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