THE SAMYUKTA Kisan Morcha (SKM) will meet Thursday midday on the Singhu border of Delhi to take a “formal decision” to elevate the year-long protest in opposition to the farm legal guidelines after the 32 unions below its ambit accepted a revised draft proposal from the Government, together with the unconditional withdrawal of all police circumstances lodged in opposition to protesters through the agitation.
In the revised proposal Wednesday, the Government stated that in gentle of the concessions proposed, there was no justification for the agitation to proceed and requested the unions to name it off. Following a gathering of farm unions, the SKM stated that if it receives a proper communication from the Government authorising its calls for by Thursday midday, it’s possible that the “agitation would be called off or temporarily suspended”.
According to the amended proposal, the Centre can even enchantment to different states to withdraw all circumstances lodged in opposition to protesters through the agitation. Sources informed The Indian Express that the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana — all BJP-ruled states — have agreed to concurrently withdraw all circumstances lodged in opposition to the protesters with rapid impact.
All the circumstances lodged in opposition to protesters and their supporters in Delhi and by completely different central companies, similar to NIA and ED, can even be withdrawn, sources stated.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Rakesh Tikait stated: “The Government has agreed to withdraw all the cases…The agitation is heading towards success.”
On the problem of a proposed committee for minimal help value (MSP), farm leaders stated the Government has clarified that it’ll embody representatives from SKM, too. “The Government has also provided clarity on the committee’s mandate, which would be to ensure how MSP can be given to all farmers,” stated Atamjit Singh, one other BKU chief.
In an announcement Wednesday, the SKM confirmed that it has “received a revised draft proposal from the Government” and “a consensus has been arrived at within SKM, accepting the proposal”. “Now, a formal communication signed on the Government’s letterhead is awaited. SKM will meet again tomorrow at 12 noon, at Singhu Border, to take a formal decision thereafter to lift the morchas,” it stated.
The large demand
Some farm leaders have been apprehensive of calling off the protest with out circumstances in opposition to protesters being dropped first since they fear the federal government may return on its phrase. The Centre’s revised proposal, seen as a step in the direction of addressing these considerations, seems to have introduced completely different farm unions on the identical web page.
BKU chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni stated the Government has “moved two steps forward”. “A consensus has been reached among SKM regarding the revised draft proposal sent by the Government. There is an agreement on demands. As of now, we have not taken a decision to suspend the protests,” he stated.
Ashok Dawale, who’s a member of the five-member committee fashioned to debate pending calls for with the Centre, stated: “After we pointed out certain objections in yesterday’s proposal from the Centre, talks with the Government continued through the night and today morning”.
“The five-member committee received a revised proposal, where some of our concerns were addressed. As per the revised proposal, the Government has agreed to unconditionally withdraw all police cases lodged during the course of the agitation, which was the main point of contention,” he stated.
According to Dawale, the Government has additionally agreed to offer compensation to the households of farmers who died through the agitation. “The Haryana and UP governments have informally agreed…There is still a grey area in Haryana regarding whether a family member of a martyred farmer will be given a job as has been announced by the Punjab government,” he stated.
The Punjab authorities has introduced Rs 5 lakh and a job every to the households of farmers who had died through the agitation.
On the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, the brand new draft states that the Government will maintain discussions with all stakeholders and SKM earlier than introducing the Bill. There was a establishment on stubble burning within the revised draft — the Government had agreed to decriminalise sure sections and eliminated felony legal responsibility.
Earlier Wednesday, the five-member committee, additionally comprising Yudhvir Singh, Balbir Singh Rajewal, Shiv Kumar Kakka and Gurnam Singh Chaduni, met on the All India Kisan Sabha’s workplace in Delhi to deliberate on the amendments, together with some “sticking points”. “The ball is in the Government’s court. How it acts will be clear tomorrow,” Yudhvir Singh stated.
Describing the most recent improvement a “victory of farmers”, Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav stated: “There is some light finally at the end of a very long tunnel…All that we are waiting for now is for the same proposals on a letterhead of the Government. If that happens, tomorrow we should be able to announce at noon that we are now concluding our morchas.”
Tikait, in the meantime, claimed that the “issue of Lakhimpur Kheri was also discussed”. The sacking of Union MoS Ajay Mishra in reference to the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, when 4 farm protesters have been killed after being hit by a convoy together with a automobile owned by the Minister, was among the many six calls for in a letter written by farm unions to the Government final month.
However, the problem was not talked about within the two draft proposals mentioned between farm unions and the Government over the previous two days. “The matter will be discussed tomorrow,” stated an SKM chief.