End to Maharashtra farmers protest after loan waiver

Protests by farmers in the western Indian state of Maharashtra have been temporarily ended after the state government guaranteed to waive their loans.

The protest had been in force since 1 June, as farmers demanded better prices for their produce and relief from debts.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavisa has agreed in principle to a waiver for all sections of farmers but has stated that a committee would be formed to decide on specific terms.

Experts say the loan waiver announcement will put pressure on the state's fiscal health, as it faces its own critical debt situation.

Similar protests have also been taking place in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, where five farmers died after police opened fire last week.

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