NEW DELHI: As the Central government is working overtime to resolve the farmers’ protest deadlock, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Tuesday after day-long meeting shared that they have received a written draft proposal from the Central government but will meet again on Wednesday to seek further clarifications on a few points.
SKM, the umbrella body of the farmers, held a series of meetings on the Singhu border on Tuesday. A statement was issued to the media at the end of the day. “Morcha hopes for a positive response from the government”, read the statement, adding that the farmers’ body will reconvene at 2 pm tomorrow for further discussion.
The statement has been issued by Balbir Singh Rajewal, Dr Darshan Pal, Gurnam Singh Charuni, Hannan Mollah, Jagjit Singh Dallewal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Shivkumar Sharma ‘Kakkaji’, Yudhvir Singh and Yogendra Yadav.
The protesting farmers had put forth six demands to the government that include ensuring legal guarantee of the minimum support price (MSP), withdrawal of cases registered against farmers, withdrawal of Electricity Amendment Bill, removal of the penalty section from the Air Pollution Bill, rehabilitation of the kin of the farmers who died in year-long protest, removal of Ajay Mishra Teni from the Union cabinet and a memorial for the farmers who died.
The Parliament passed the Bill to repeal the three farm laws on November 29, the first day of Winter Session, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his national televised address announced to withdraw the laws.
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh have been camping at the three borders of the national capital since November 26 last year demanding repealing of the three Bills and ensuring MSP of their produce.`