‘Welcome. Protest not just about farm laws. Will announce future of protests soon’: Farmers’ body

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The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of protesting farmers, while welcoming the repeal of the three contentious farm laws, reminded Prime Minister Narendra Modi that their protests were not limited to this one issue.

“Samyukt Kisan Morcha welcomes this decision and will wait for the announcement to take effect through due parliamentary procedures,” an umbrella body of 40 farm unions, said.

“SKM also reminds the Prime Minister that the agitation of farmers is not just for the repeal of the three black laws, but also for a statutory guarantee of remunerative prices for all agricultural produce and for all farmers. This important demand of farmers is still pending. So also is the withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill. SKM will take note of all developments, hold its meeting soon and announce further decisions,” the farmers’ body said in a statement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repeal of the three controversial farm laws against which farmers have been staging a protest for almost a year at the borders of Delhi.

Farmers from neighbouring states of Delhi has been protesting the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.

Addressing the nation, Modi said, “Today, while apologising to the countrymen..” The procedure to rollback the laws would take place during the winter session of Parliament, which begins next week, the Prime Minister informed.

Two weeks from today, November 26, would have marked a year of farmers besieging Delhi demanding to strike down the three laws.