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Farmers’ protest: Centre to withdraw cases against protesters; Unions demand written assurance

On November 30, a bill was passed in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament to repeal the three contentious agriculture laws, one of the main demands of the protesting farmers.

Farmers protest: Centre to withdraw cases against protesters; Unions demand written assurance-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Dec 7, 2021, 4:30 PM IST
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In a huge development, Centre is likely to give written assurance to farmers for withdrawing cases against them during the course of their agitation against the three farm laws, which have now been repealed. Meanwhile, the agitating farmer unions have decided to continue their protests until they get a “formal and satisfactory written response” from the Centre on their six demands that include a legal guarantee for MSP.

On November 30, a bill was passed in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament to repeal the three contentious agriculture laws, one of the main demands of the protesting farmers. However, the stalemate continues with protesters pressing for other pending demands – which include a law guaranteeing minimum selling price (MSP), an amount of money as compensation to the families of farmers who died during the stir and the withdrawal of cases against the protesters.

Farmers have been protesting for over 15 months - on issues from the farm laws to a legal guarantee for MSP - are on the brink of standing down. Sources said they are discussing an offer from the Centre that promises to meet almost all demands.

Meanwhile, it has been decided that Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) members will be a part of the MSP panel. “Government’s proposal says after we end the movement, then only will they withdraw cases (against farmers)... We're apprehensive about it. Government should immediately begin with the (cases' withdrawal) procedure. Final decision to be taken at tomorrow's meeting at 2 pm, said SKM in a statement. 

BKU leader Gurnam Singh Charuni said, “For compensation to over 700 deceased farmers, we want the Centre to follow Punjab model; Rs 5 lakh compensation and a job as announced by Punjab govt should be implemented by Government of India as well.”

Samyukt Kisan Morcha will hold a meeting on Wednesday to decide future course of action, said Farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal. 
 

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