Farmers call off 15-month-long protest, start removing tents from Delhi borders
From December 11 farmers will start going back to their homes and on December 15 SKM will hold a meeting in Delhi with the centre government representatives.Author : Avneet Kaur
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), the umbrella body of the farmers protesting along the borders of the national capital over agricultural issues, has finally agreed to end their 15-month-long protest. The farmers will vacate the Delhi borders on Saturday.
A year ago, when farmers from the agrarian states of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh reached the Delhi borders to agitate against the three farm laws introduced by the Centre, they did not expect to be at the protest sites for over a year. However, their struggle has now finally paid off and they will head back to their homes on Saturday.
They occupied Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri border for their protest against the three farm laws. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), the umbrella body of farmers' unions spearheading the protests, stated that their 15-month agitation will be called off on Saturday.
Last month, on the occasion of Gurupurab, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that all three farm laws will be scrapped. Farmers rejoiced after listening to this news but still demanded a law for MSP. Government assured that a decision will be taken in their favour.
From December 11 farmers will start going back to their homes and on December 15 SKM will hold a meeting in Delhi with the centre government representatives.
Meanwhile, the farmers have been continuously seeking the resignation of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni over the Lakhimpur-Kheri incident in October this year in which 5 farmers were among the dead.
In the draft resolution sent for the second time by the government, it was said that the government has agreed to cancel the FIRs against farmers in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand with immediate effect. At the same time, there will be representatives of the SKM on the committee to be formed on MSP.
Also, the government will present the Electricity Bill in the Parliament only after discussing the matter with the representatives of the SKM. Besides, the government has also given consent to the farmers on compensation.