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SKM seeks clarification on written government proposal, to meet again at Singhu on December 8

Leaders of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha addressing a press conference after their meeting in Singhu on the Delhi-Haryana border on December 7, 2021. Photo: SKM

New Delhi, Dec 7 (MNN) Leaders of the farmers protesting for the last one year said on Tuesday that the SKM had received a written draft proposal from the Indian Home Ministry on their pending demands and was seeking clarifications on the same.

“The SKM confirms receiving the letter from the MHA. We will seek further clarifications on a few points on the government’s proposal, and will reconvene a meeting at 2 pm on Wednesday for further discussion,” the Samyukt Kisan Morcha leaders said.

The leaders said that the proposal was constructively discussed by SKM meeting in Singhu on Tuesday and decided they should seek further clarifications on a few points.

They said that the SKM hoped for a positive response from the Indian government.

Farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni told the media that the government sought to include on the proposed committee to discuss the MSP issue other bodies apart from the SKM. He expressed the apprehension that the government thus may put on the panel organisations which had earlier voiced their support for WTO. “So, we are insisting that only the SKM leaders should be put on the panel that will discuss the Minimum Support Price of all crops with the government functionaries,” Chaduni asserted.

Another farmer leader emphasised that withdrawal of cases registered against the protesting farmers in the last one year was very important. He pointed out that the government was ready to take back the cases once the farmers agreed to end their agitation, which began on November 26, 2020 against the three farm laws.

He pointed out that from their past experiences, the farmers leaders apprehended that they cases will continue and those booked could face trials for long periods.

“Around 48,000 cases have been registered against the protesting farmers in Haryana alone. Then, there are cases registered in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Chandigarh etc. Railway police too booked farmers from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat to Guwahati. The government should begin the process to withdraw these cases before the farmers relent,” the farmer leader asserted.

Another point of contention is the compensation to be given to the kin of nearly 700 farmers who have died due to various causes during the year-long agitation. The farmer leader said that the government agreed that it accepted the demand ‘in-principle’. However, the farmers are insisting that a formal announcement should be made by the government in this regard.

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