Soon after protesting farmers announced that they had called off their protest over the farm laws, social activist Yogendra Yadav said on Thursday that the government has assured that cases filed against farmers will be withdrawn soon.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Yogendra Yadav said the Centre, in its letter, has assured that “cases filed against the farmers and farm agitation supporters in Delhi and other Union Territories will be withdrawn”.

Citing the letter, Yogendra Yadav said the farmers “received in-principle agreement from the government that they will not reduce the present procurement of the crops”.

He further mentioned that “the Haryana government has called the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) to Chandigarh to collect compensation for the farmers who lost their lives.”

Yogendra Yadav’s statement comes as the farmers’ union called off their protest saying, “The Samyukta Kisan Morcha-led farmers’ agitation is being suspended because the Centre has agreed to our demands.”

However, a farmer leader warned that the protest “can be resumed if the government backtracks from its promises”.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) had earlier accepted the central government’s draft proposal addressing the farmers’ pending issues.

These issues include surety on Minimum Support Price, withdrawal of the draft Electricity Amendments Bill, 2020/2021, withdrawal of criminal cases against farmers and compensation for the families of farmers who died during the year-long protest.

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Presenting the fresh draft, the Centre had said that “all the demands of the agitating farmers have been agreed upon. Hence, there is no point in continuing the protest.”

Meanwhile, farmer leaders said that in the proposal, the Centre informed them that Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have agreed to provide compensation to kin of family members of farmers who died during the agitation.

SKM sources said the Centre also clarified that the Electricity Amendment Bill will not be tabled in Parliament until the government discusses provisions impacting farmers with SKM. Stubble burning has already been decriminalised.


India today

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