New Delhi: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is leading the agitation, has agreed on a new proposal given by the Modi government on the pending demands of farmers. Therefore, the possibility of announcing the withdrawal of agitation on the Delhi border tomorrow (Thursday) has been raised.

The government’s earlier proposal was not accepted by the farmers’ unions. So the government sent a new proposal on Wednesday. It was accepted by the farmers’ associations. Now they are expected to receive a formal proposal on the government’s letterhead. After agreeing on the new proposal of the government, a meeting of Samyukta Kisan Morcha will be held at 12 noon tomorrow at Singhu border. It could lead to a decision to withdraw the movement.

Farmers have been protesting on the Delhi border since November last year demanding repeal of the Union Agriculture Act. With less than a week to go before the end of the agitation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repeal of the Agriculture Act. Parliament then passed a bill repealing the law. However, the farmers’ unions continued their agitation demanding a solution to other demands.

Finally, the government agreed to discuss other demands of the farmers. Other demands included legal guarantee of minimum basic price (MSP) for agricultural commodities, withdrawal of charges against agitating farmers, compensation to the families of farmers who died during the agitation.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha appointed a five-member committee to discuss the demands with the government. A proposal was then made by the government. However, the Morcha sought clarification from the government on some of the issues. The Morcha was not interested in withdrawing after the end of the agitation, mainly against the peasant agitators. Now that the front has agreed to the new proposal given by the government, there are signs that the agitation will break down.


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