Samyukt Kisan Morcha presents 6 demands to PM

Samyukt Kisan Morcha presents 6 demand to PM
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The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) had penned an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that they will end the ongoing agitation only after the Centre discusses six pending farmers’ demands.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) has written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to resume talks to resolve six pending demands of the farmers apart from waiting for withdrawal of farm laws in Parliament.

In this letter, Sanmukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) stated, “We want to assure you that we are not fond of sitting on the streets. We too desire that, after resolving 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.”

Statement of SKM:

The farmers will continue with their pre-decided programme till November 29, the first day of the winter season of the Parliament. In its letter, Sanmukt Kisan Morcha stated, “ We want to assure you that we are not fond of sitting on the streets.

We too desire that, after resolving 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.”

The farmers will continue with their pre-decided programme till November 29, the first day of the winter session of the Parliament, said Dharmendra Malik, media in charge of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU). He had attended the nine-member core committee meeting at the Singhu border. 

The six demands of Samyukt Kisan Morcha are as follows:

  • The surety on minimum support price:

    Minimum support price based on the total cost of production should be made a legal entitlement of all farmers for all agricultural produce so that every farmer in the country can be guaranteed at least the Minimum Support Price announced by the government for their entire crop.

  • The withdrawal of draft “ electricity amendments bill, 2020/2021 proposed by centre:

    Samyukt Kisan Morcha stated that the government had promised that it would be withdrawn during the talks, but it was included in Parliament’s agenda and is still pending.

  • Removal of penal provisions on farmers in the “commission for air quality management in the national capital region and adjoining areas act 2021”:

    Samyukt Kisan Morcha has demanded that the government remove section 15 of the act, which allows a possibility for penal action against farmers in case of stubble burning.

  • The withdrawal of criminal cases against farmers:

    Thousands of farmers have been implicated in hundreds of cases during the movement from June 2020 till date in Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and several other states. They now demand that these cases should be withdrawn immediately.

  • Sacking and arrest of Union MoS Ajay Mishra from his post over the Lakhimpur incident.

Interview of Rakesh Tikait :

Land for constructing a mary’s memorial at Singhu for the alleged 700 farmers who died during the protest, along with compensation to families. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha has asked all the protesting farmers to participate in the Lucknow Kisan Mahapanchayat in November and at all protest sites on the anniversary of the farmer’s protest on November 26. The next meeting of the farmer’s body is scheduled for November 27, where a decision will be taken on the future course.

In November, the Bharatiya Janta Party and Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said that . Till the laws are repealed in Parliament, all the pre-decided programmes of the Sanmukt Kisan Morcha will continue. There will be a condolence meeting after that we will decide our future course.”

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