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Farmers’ body writes to PM Modi, lists six demands of protesters

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Farmers’ body writes to PM Modi, lists six demands of protesters
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Farmers’ body writes to PM Modi, lists six demands of protesters
Farmers’ body writes to PM Modi, lists six demands of protesters

NEW DELHI: The farmer leaders on Sunday wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said they will end their protest only if the government hold discussions on their six demands, which includes a law guaranteeing MSP.
Welcoming the government’s decision to repeal the three “black” laws, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of farmer unions, said the protesters who have been agitating for nearly a year had raised several other demands besides the scrapping of the legislation.
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“Prime Minister, you have appealed to the farmers that now we should go back home. We want to assure you that we are not fond of sitting on the streets. We too desire that after resolving these other issues as soon as possible, we return to our homes, families and farming. If you want the same, then the government should immediately resume talks with the Samyukt Kisan Morcha on the above six issues,” the farmers’ body said.
It added that until talks happen, SKM will continue the movement as planned.
The farmers listed six demands in the letter.
In the first demand, the farmers said the government should make Minimum Support Price (MSP) based on the C2+50% formula legal for all farmers.
“The Committee formed under your Chairpersonship had made this recommendation to the then Prime Minister in 2011 and your government had also announced about this in the Parliament,” it said.
In the second demand, the farmers asked the government to withdraw the draft “Electricity Amendments Bill, 2020/2021” proposed by it. “During the talks, the government had promised that it would be withdrawn, but then, in a breach of promise, it was included in the Parliament’s agenda,” the SKM said.
It also asked the government to remove the penal provisions on farmers over stubble burning. The SKM also asked the government to withdraw cases filed against thousands of farmers from states like Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh for their role in the agitation.
Reiterating its demand over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, in which eight people were killed, the SKM said the government should sack Union minister Ajay Mishra and arrest him immediately for his role in the incident.
The SKM also asked the government for compensation and support to families of around 700 farmers who lost their lives in the movement. Separately, it also demanded that a martyrs’ memorial be build in the memory of these farmers and land should be granted for the same at Singhu border.
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Ahead of the letter to PM Modi, the farmer unions had announced they were sticking to their planned protests with a mahapanchayat in Lucknow on Monday to press for a law guaranteeing MSP.
The Union Cabinet is likely to take up for approval on Wednesday the bills for rescinding the three farm laws so that they are introduced in the forthcoming winter session, government sources said on Sunday.
Agitation spearhead SKM said they would continue their planned protests, including the march to Parliament on November 29 to observe one year of anti-farm law protests.
The Kisan Mahapanchayat in Uttar Pradesh capital assumes significance since the agriculture-dependent state will be going to polls early next year.
Meanwhile, reports coming from various districts say that groups of farmers were heading to Lucknow to attend the mahapanchayat.
(With inputs from PTI)

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