Jairam Ramesh signs pact with Jan Satyagrahis, march to Delhi called off

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 11:20 hrs

Agra: The stand-off between landless labourers, who have been marching from Gwalior to New Delhi demanding a fair share of land and resources, ended with Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh today signed a 10-point agreement with the formers.

The agreement, signed in Agra, assures land for the landless on the lines of MNREGA. Following this, the landless protestors called of their march.

The Jan Satyagrahis have been on the road for the past nine days demanding of agricultural land for the landless poor.

The tribals under the organisation Ekta Parishad, had started the march after their talks with Union government's representative failed.

The march was to cover a distance of about 320 km by October 28, before culminating in New Delhi.

Property has become a huge political issue in India Last year, there were large protests by farmers on the outskirts of New Delhi over builders acquiring what had formerly been agricultural land. 

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