New Delhi (Sputnik) — The congregation at the historic Azad Maidan marks the culmination of a year-long protest by the farming community, mainly the ethnic Maratha community, under the Maratha Kranti Morcha (Maratha Revolutionary Front). The front carried out a protest march in 57 different places in the last one year.
Local authorities said they have made arrangements to accommodate one million protestors at Azad Maidan but expect the number to be higher.
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Notwithstanding the fact that Maharashtra is the biggest beneficiary of foreign direct investment, the state has not been able to generate jobs at an equal pace in the private sector. $29 billion (46%) out of the total FDI of $63 billion in the year 2016-17 went to Maharashtra.
The farming community claims that most of the jobs in the government and semi-government sectors are taken up either by non-farming communities or migrants from other states.