Farmers call off 15-month-long agitation

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New Delhi: Farmers, who have been protesting for over 15 months against the farm laws (now scrapped) and other issues including a legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP), on Wednesday announced to end their protest and return to their homes on Saturday.

Reports reaching Kashmir News Service (KNS) said that the farmers’ unions have also planned a victory prayer today at 5:30 pm and a victory march at Singhu and Tikri on Delhi borders on December 11 at around 9 am.

Reports said that the development came a day after the central government sent a written draft proposal to the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella of farmers’ unions, under whose banner the farmers had gathered to protest over several issues.

They said that SKM will hold another meeting in Delhi on December 15. “The Centre, as part of its offer, has agreed to form a committee to decide the MSP issue. The committee will consist of government officials, agriculture experts and representatives from SKM,” they said.

Reports also said that the Centre has also agreed to drop all police cases against farmers including stubble burning complaints and those filed by Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in connection with violent clashes with security forces over the past several months.

“The Centre has also assured the farmers that all cases against them relating to the protests will be immediately withdrawn, and has appealed to all states to do the same,” they said. (KNS)

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