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Oct 11, 2012 at 02:05pm IST

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

Agra: Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh signed an agreement with the Jan Satyagrahis who were marching to Delhi demanding government's help for getting jobs and land. 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 and shelter rights for the landless poor. More than 30,000 people have walked 110 kilometers for nine days on the road from Gwalior to Delhi. The tribals under the umbrella of a Gandhian organisation, Ekta Parishad, had started the march after their talks with Union government's representative including Jairam Ramesh and Minister of State for Industry and Commerce failed. Jairam Ramesh has had hectic consultations with members of the Ekta Parishad and the Prime Minister's Office.

Ekta Parishad, a people's movement headed by activist PV Rajagopal, had announced that people, representing different rural communities, especially tribal, landless and small farmers, "will walk in formation together 350 kms from Gwalior to New Delhi." Rajagopal had said the Jan Satyagraha 2012 march campaign is a non-violent walk beginning on October 2, and scheduled to carry on for one month before culminating in New Delhi.