Farmers Calls Off Year-Long Protest After Centre Accepts To All Demands

For months farmers protested against the three farm laws.

New Delhi: The farmers’ protest on Delhi borders that started last November against the now-repealed agri laws ended on December 9. The move comes after the farmers’ union received a formal communication from Centre agreeing to their demands.

The agitating farmers have started packing up their belongings and removing the makeshift tents on Delhi borders and are all set to go to homes on December 11.

Farmer leader and SKM core committee member Gurnam Singh Chaduni said that the earlier draft from the central government on pending demands was not acceptable to them following which a fresh proposal was received from the Centre on Wednesday.

According to media report Dr Ashish Mittal, general secretary of the All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha said “We received a signed copy of the revised proposal from the government today. It has been decided that on December, 11, the morcha will be lifted, and the farmers will pack up and return home.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), the umbrella body of 32 farmers’ unions, is meeting before announcing the final decision to lift the year-long protest on December 9. The Centre sent the final draft accepting demands, including the unconditional withdrawal of all police cases lodged against protesters during the agitation.

On December 8, a panel of five senior farmer leaders met in Delhi to discuss a fresh proposal offered by the government.The farmers’ demands also include compensation to those farmers who lost their lives during the year-long agitation against the three contentious farm laws.

President Ram Nath Kovind on December 1 gave his assent to a Bill passed by Parliament in Winter Session of Parliament to repeal three farm laws, twelve days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government was scrapping the laws that ran afoul of farmer groups. The presidential nod to the Farm Laws Repeal Act, 2021 meant that the three farm laws stand scrapped now.

The Bill to repeal the laws was passed by the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on November 29, the first day of the winter session of Parliament. The farmer unions leading the stir, however, did not end the protest saying their agitation would only end only after their remaining demands were addressed.

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