The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) decided to postpone the tractor rally to Parliament planned for Monday and urges the Prime Minister to begin discussions on their remaining demands. Citing the Cabinet decision on the repeal of the three farm acts, which will be introduced in Parliament on the same day (Monday).
Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM)
SKM is a ‘Joint Farmers’ Force’, consisting of over forty Indian farmers’ unions formed in November 2020 to coordinate satyagraha (non-violent resistance) against the three farm laws enacted in September 2020.
The meeting also rebuked the government for failing to hold a meeting for any discussions with the SKM, despite an open letter from the farmers urging them to discuss pending issues such as MSP laws and the withdrawal of draught amendments to the Electricity Act.
‘In a democracy, it is the responsibility of an elected government to talk to the protesting farmers and work out an amicable solution,’ the SKM said in a statement.
The meeting reiterated the demand that the Centre hold talks with the SKM on outstanding demands. The SKM will hold its next meeting on December 4 to discuss the Centre’s response and decide on the next steps.
‘The fight will continue until all demands are met,’ said the SKM. The SKM slammed the Centre’s attempts to avoid bilateral talks and sidestep critical issues.
The SKM demanded in a letter to the Prime Minister that there be a legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for all produce based on the C2 + 50% formula;
– The withdrawal of the draught ‘Electricity Amendment Bill, 2020/2021’;
– The removal of the penal provisions on farmers in the ‘Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Act 2021’;
– The withdrawal of false cases filed against farmers during the movement; and the dismissal and arrest of Minister of State Ajay Mishra Teni.
– Compensation and rehabilitation for the families of farm movement martyrs, as well as land allocation to build a memorial in their honour at Singhu morcha.