Farmers Protest likely to see an end today as Center accepts most of the demand

Farmers Protest

The Farmers Protest is likely to end today as the Center is willing to accept most of the demand made by the farmers. The final decision to call off the protest will be taken by Samyukta Kisan Morcha after holding the final round of talks.

The year-long Farmers Protest may finally see an end today. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is the umbrella body of all the farmer’s unions is likely to take a call regarding the decision to call off the protest. This comes after the central government sent a draft proposal to the agitating farmers in which they are willing to accept all the major demands made by the farmers including forming a committee on the issue of Minimum Support Price (MSP).

The SKM, on Wednesday, said that we have reached a consensus over the revised draft proposal that was communicated to us by the Central government and that the future plan of action will be decided today. Senior farmer leader and the core committee member of SKM, Gurnam Singh Chaduni also briefed media that the earlier draft from the center was not acceptable to us and hence they have sent us a fresh new proposal. He also stated that we, the SKM, are in complete agreement with the central government regarding fulfillment of all our demands. We will decide on calling off the protest after holding a meet at noon tomorrow. 

The government, on Tuesday, has sent a proposal to the agitating farmers in which they have promised to take care of all their demands including forming a committee on the issue of MSP. However, the farmers emphasized on the fact that the members of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (in addition to officials from the center, all the concerned states, and agricultural experts) can be chosen in the committee. The farmers also raised the issue of financial support to the families of the farmers who lost their lives during the entire protest. The government of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, in principle, have agreed to this demand while the Congress-led Punjab government has given ₹ 5 lakh and a job to family members of farmers who lost their lives.

However, there is suspicion among sections of farmers regarding the issue of withdrawal of police cases lodged against farmers. The government has said that they will withdraw the cases once farmers call off the protest but the unions are demanding that the government should immediately withdraw all the cases. This is also one of the issues on which farmers will be discussing on in their final round of talks. 

Earlier, the government has withdrawn all the three farm laws to end the protest, and now with the promise to fulfill all the demands made by farmers, the government has ensured that the farmer’s protest ends as soon as possible.

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