Farmers call off year-long stir as govt agrees to all demands

Farmers call off year-long stir as govt agrees to all demands

New Delhi: After intense negotiations initiated by the Union home ministry, the farmers protesting at the borders of the national capital have finally decided to end their year-long movement.

This comes in the wake of the Centre accepting all demands put forward by the protesting farmers, including the withdrawal of all agitation-related cases and compensation to the families of farmers who had died during the course of the movement against the contentious agriculture laws.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) – the umbrella body of farmers’ unions spearheading the protests – had said that their 14-month agitation will be called off at 12 pm on December 9, but only after they receive the final copy of the government’s revised proposal accepting their demands.

According to the protesting farmers, the government has also assured that it will table the Electricity Amendment Bill only after consultation with the SKM or relevant farmers’ unions.

Moreover, the Haryana and Uttar Pradesh state governments, along the lines of Punjab, have also agreed to provide a compensation of ₹5 lakh and a job to the kin of deceased farmers.

The following were the demands of the protesting farmers:

  1. Withdrawal of all the agitation-related cases registered during this protest in all states and Union territories.
  2. Compensation to all the families of the agitating farmers who died during the course of agitation.
  3. No criminal liability to farmers in the cases of stubble burning.
  4. The government has to discuss the Electricity Amendment Bill with the SKM.
  5. A committee to discuss minimum support price (MSP) is to be formed.
  6. The ongoing policy on MSP and its procurement in the country will continue as it is.

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