SKM Accepts Centre’s Revised Proposals; Call-Off Protest Today

Story Highlights
  • Farmer unions accept govt's proposal.
  • A meeting is been held to decide to lift their “morchas”.
  • Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha passed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill.

New Delhi: After intense negotiations initiated by the Union home ministry, the farmers protesting at the borders of the national capital have finally decided to end their year-long movement. This comes in the wake of the Centre accepting all demands put forward by the protesting farmers, including the withdrawal of all agitation-related cases and compensation to the families of farmers who had died during the course of the movement against the contentious agriculture laws. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM had said last evening that their 14-month agitation will be called off on Thursday, but only after they receive the final copy of the government’s revised proposal accepting their demands.

The consensus to call off the farmers’ protests was reached after the central government agreed to take back all cases registered during the farm agitation and for stubble burning. According to the protesting farmers, the government has also assured that it will table the Electricity Amendment Bill only after consultation with the SKM or relevant farmers’ unions. Moreover, the Haryana and Uttar Pradesh state governments, along the lines of Punjab, have also agreed to provide a compensation of Rs 5 lakh and a job to the kin of deceased farmers. Finally, the demand to include only SKM leaders in the MSP committee apart from officials from the states, Centre and agricultural experts has also been met.

Earlier, the farmers were also demanding that Union minister Ajay Mishra, whose son Ashish has been tried in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, be sacked. However, judging by the last demand proposal sent to the Centre, the SKM’s five-member panel had removed that point. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on November 19th that the central government will bring necessary bills in the winter session of Parliament to repeal the farm laws. He had also assured that the government will constitute a committee to work on a new framework for MSP. Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha passed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill on the first day of the winter session on November 29th.

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