Punjab and Haryana Farmers Announce the Conclusion of Strike, Set to Discuss Demands with Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann
Farmers' Protest Latest News: In a significant development, the prolonged farmers' protest in Chandigarh has concluded as farmers from Punjab and Haryana have decided to end their strike. The decision was made following a meeting with Punjab Governor Banwari Lal Purohit, where assurances were given, including addressing key demands.
During the meeting, farmer leaders conveyed their demands to Punjab Governor Banwari Lal Purohit, who assured them of addressing various concerns, including the implementation of MSP with the C2+50% formula. The commitment extends to fulfilling other demands such as subsidies on seeds, fertilizers, and electricity to alleviate farming costs.
Earlier, the Punjab government had initiated talks with the farmers, paving the way for constructive discussions. Farmers expressed contentment with the discussions, prompting them to happily return to their homes.
Agriculture Minister Gurmeet Singh Khudian received the farmers' demands, and a subsequent meeting with Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is scheduled for December 19. Officials from relevant departments will also participate in the discussions to address the farmers' concerns comprehensively.
In Panchkula, farmers have also declared an end to their dharna after meeting with Bandaru Dattatreya. However, leaders of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha Haryana plan to strategize further in a meeting on December 11 before making a final decision.
Key Demands Presented by Samyukt Kisan Morcha:
- Enact a purchase guarantee law for all crops with the C2+50% formula to establish a Minimum Support Price (MSP). Increase subsidies for seeds, fertilizers, and electricity to alleviate costs.
- Acknowledge the harsh reality of farmer and laborer suicides. To prevent this, alleviate the entire debt burden incurred by farmers and laborers.
- Repeal the Electricity (Amendment) Bill-2022, which paves the way for power sector privatization. Cease the installation of prepaid meters (smart chip meters) under this policy.
- Strengthen the public distribution system to ensure food security nationwide.
- Replace the pro-corporate Prime Minister's crop insurance scheme with a straightforward, pro-farmer insurance scheme. The government should cover all installments for crop damage due to drought, flood, hailstorm, or disease.
- Provide a monthly pension of 10 thousand rupees to male and female farmers above 60 years of age.
- Ensure justice for the martyrs of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. Remove Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni from office and prosecute him.
- Cancel all cases filed against farmers and leaders, including those involving the railway, during the peasant struggles.
- Provide compensation and employment to the families of farmers who were martyred during the movement.
- Cancel the case filed against Newsclick and abolish the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
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