Farmers call off the year-long protest as their demands accepted
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has called off their 14-month agitation on Thursday, after receiving the final copy of the Union government’s revised proposal which has accepted their demands.
SKM on Wednesday had said that a consensus has been reached over a revised draft proposal of the Centre on their pending demands.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 40 farmer unions, on Thursday decided to suspend the over-a-year-long farmers’ movement against three farm laws and announced that farmers will go back home on December 11 from the protest sites on Delhi’s borders.
Farmer leader and SKM member Gurnam Singh Chaduni said, “A review meeting will be convened on January 15 to see if the government met all the demands. If they do not, we can take a call on resuming the protest.” Farmer leaders said that farmers will take out victory marches on December 11 to their respective places.
Farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, started protesting at Delhi border points on November 26 last year against the three farm laws. The laws have been repealed, but they are demanding a legal guarantee on MSP for their crops and withdrawal of cases against farmers, among others.
Additionally, a five-member panel has also been formed for a dialogue with the Centre regarding pending demands of farmers including legal guarantee on MSP, withdrawal of cases against farmers registered during the movement, and compensation to kins of farmers who died during the agitation.
Farmers protesting at Delhi’s Singhu border have started removing their tents. They were also seen exchanging sweets indicating that the end of the agitation is not very far.
The protests began on November 25 last year, when thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, marched towards the national capital, demanding a complete repeal of three contentious legislations — the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020; and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020.
Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan said, “It is a matter of happiness not only for me but for all of us and that they (farmers) are going home satisfied with the actions of the government.”
Capt. Amarinder Singh tweeted.
ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਦੀ ਹੋਈ ਜਿੱਤ।
ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਆਪ ਜੀ ਦਾ ਸ਼ੁਕਰ ਹੈ 🙏
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) December 9, 2021
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