According to farmer leaders, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) has chosen to accept the Centre’s suggestions on a number of problems, including assurance on the minimum support price (MSP).
The SKM, however, would determine whether or not to formally end the agitation after receiving a written promise from the Union government, according to them. On Thursday at 12 p.m., SKM leaders will gather to deliberate on their next course of action.
On Tuesday, the Centre forwarded a proposal to the SKM, but it was met with opposition from farmer leaders. On Wednesday morning, the Centre delivered a revised draught to the SKM. The plan was discussed in New Delhi by a five-member committee of the SKM, which was constituted to hold negotiations with the government.
“We discussed it and found that the Union government has moved farther on some of the complaints voiced by us,” said Ashok Dhawale, head of the All India Kisan Sabha. We then presented the concept to the SKM leaders, who unanimously supported it. However, we must stress that this is only a draught. Our protest will continue until the Centre sends us a formal letter.”
Shiv Kumar Kakkaji, another SKM member, also stated that their agitation will continue till they receive an official communication from the government. Gurnam Singh Chaduni, a senior BKU leader, indicated that they are satisfied with the government’s draught. Yudhvir Singh, a farmer leader, said they had only gotten an unsigned draught so far and will wait for a signed one.
“The SKM certifies that it has received a revised draught proposal from the central government and that a consensus has been reached within SKM, accepting the proposal,” the SKM stated in a statement. A formal message on government letterhead is now being anticipated. SKM will reconvene at the Singhu Border at 12 p.m. on Thursday to make an official decision on whether or not to lift the morchas.”
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