The farmers’ organisations have ended their over year-long agitation after the Centre on Thursday handed over a revised proposal as demanded. This was announced by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha at Singhu border on Thursday.
The Centre had yesterday sent a written draft proposal to the SKM’s five-member committee following a November 21 letter from the SKM to PM Modi listing six demands. Farmers had pointed out that repeal of the contentious laws was only one of the several concerns they had raised, and refused to leave after PM Modi announced the cancelling of the laws and requested them to go back.
The protesting farmers have received a letter from the central government, with promises of forming a committee on minimum support price (MSP) and withdrawing cases against them with immediate effect.
The Centre, as part of its offer, has agreed to form a committee to decide the MSP issue. The committee will consist of government officials, agriculture experts and representatives from the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, the umbrella body of farmer unions that has led this protest.
“Over 500 organisations fought this sustained agitation. We faced the government’s might, misinformation campaign, Covid, change of weather – winters and summers. And yet we won the battle,” said President of the All India Kisan Sabha Ashok Dhawale.
Meanwhile, the farmers protesting at the Singhu border have started removing their tents. They were also seen exchanging sweets.