December 09, 2021 | 2:42 AM
After Prime Minister’s apology and the repeal of three black farm laws, Union Government’s official letter has arrived. Following which Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) has decided to suspend the world largest ongoing farmers’ protest as Union government has accepted their demand. Farmer leaders say stir will be relaunched if government backtracks. Now victory marches and prayer meetings being planned. (Photo: Meeting of farmer leaders)
Government of India, through the Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, sends a formal letter to Samyukt Kisan Morcha agreeing to several pending demands of the protesting farmers – Samyukt Kisan Morcha formally announces the lifting of the morchas at Delhi Borders on national highways and various other locations in response – Current agitation stands suspended – Battle has been won and the war to ensure farmers’ rights, especially to secure MSP as a legal entitlement for all farmers, will continue: SKMSKM dedicates the fabulous and historic victory of the struggle to around 715 martyrs of the movement, including those in Lakhimpur Kheri – SKM congratulates all the protesting farmers and citizens, and their supporters wholeheartedly for waging an unprecedented struggle and for the glorious gains of the movement.
Farmers’ unity, peace and patience has been the key to the victory and this will not be allowed to erode in any circumstance, vow the farmers – SKM decides collectively to stay alert and ensure that promises are keptConsidering that the nation is mourning the demise of CDS Mr Bipin Rawat and his associates, SKM decides to postpone all celebrations with regard to the victory of farmers, and celebratory rallies will be taken out day after tomorrow (11th December) now, when farmers leave the morcha sites together in victory rallies
To ensure that the Government of India is keeping to its commitments made to the protesting farmers, and to chart out future course of action, SKM will hold its next meeting on January 15th in Delhi
SKM thanks local communities at morcha sites profusely for their patience and support throughout the long agitation, and apologies to them for inconveniences caused to them – SKM also thanks trade unions, women’s organisations and youth/student outfits who struggled along with farmers in this agitation, lawyers who extended legal aid and solidarity, doctors who set up medical camps and gave their untiring services, various religious bodies that set up langars and fed the protestors unconditionally and uninterruptedly, various progressive organisations that stood in support including human rights groups, numerous artists who were there constantly with the movement, numerous organizations that continuously and consistently responded to SKM calls for action, highway dhaba owners and people who gave space for the Kisan Andolan to run its organisational meetings, NRIs and international farmers’ organisations and others who took up solidarity actions in their own locations, hundreds of volunteers who participated by giving their sewa and many others including well wishers
SKM is planning to have Fateh Ardas (Victory prayer) at 5:30pm today, then Fateh March (Victory March) at Delhi Morcha’s on December 11 around 9 AM.
This is the collective win of peoples movements and civil society organizations.
Farmer leaders have apologized to everyone for inconvenience caused due to farmers’ protest. An official letter has been received from government on final confirmation of remaining demands.
Lakhimpur incident has been discussed with govt. Since the matter is under Supreme Court observation thus no action can be taken as yet.
Notably, Court had suspended the implementation of the three farm laws in January 2021.
Next round of talks with govt is scheduled on 15th January, 2022.
All the cases filed against farmers in Delhi, Union Territories and States will be taken back.
Electricity Amendment Bill be tabled only after discussions with SKM.
5 Years imprisonment and 1 crore fine for stubble burning has been quashed.
Cases against farmers, as well as farmer ‘supporters’ will be taken back
Fight is not over yet. Struggle for Minimum Support Price (MSP) will continue.
SKM will remain intact.