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Farmers’ movement ending? Union discusses govt proposal

A five-member committee of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha shared the draft at a plenary meeting of the SKM on the Singhu border and is deliberating upon it as of now

The Narendra Modi government has sent a draft proposal to a five-member committee of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha on the issues raised by the protesting farmers. The five-member committee shared the draft at a plenary meeting of the SKM on the Singhu border. According to sources, a meeting of farmers is going on and the union government’s proposal is being discussed.

The SKM had on 4 December selected five people to be part of the empowered committee to hold talks with the government on behalf of all the protesting farmers. The committee was set up to discuss farmers’ issues with the union government even after the latter accepted the key demand to repeal three agriculture reform laws.

The farmers had earlier decided that they will not withdraw their dharna till these problems are resolved. They are persistent in raising the following demands.

  1. Minimum Support Price (MSP): MSP on the basis of comprehensive cost of production (C2+50%) should be made a legal right of all farmers for all agricultural products, so that every farmer in the country will be entitled to his entire crop. The minimum support price declared by the
  2. Withdrawal of the draft Electricity Amendment Bill, 2020/2021 proposed by the union government: SKM said that during the talks, the government had promised that it would be withdrawn, but it was included in the agenda of Parliament and is still pending.
  3. Removal of penal provisions on farmers in the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Region and Adjoining Areas Act, 2021: SKM has demanded that the government should remove Section 15 of the law that mandates punitive action against farmers found of stubble burning.
  4. Withdrawal of criminal cases against farmers: Thousands of farmers have been implicated in hundreds of cases during the agitation (June 2020 onwards) in Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and many other states. They demand a withdrawal of these cases immediately.
  5. The dismissal and arrest of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra from his in the Lakhimpur incident.
  6. Demand for land for of a ‘martyr’s’ memorial in Singhu and compensation for families for alleged 700 farmers killed during the protest.

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