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Decision on future course of action on December 4: SKM

Decision on future course of action on December 4: SKM

New Delhi, Nov 28 (UNI) Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) leaders on Sunday held a 'mahapanchayat' at Azad Maidan in Mumbai and said protesting farmers will take a decision on further course of action on December 4. The farmers are waiting the response of the letter sent by SKM to Prime Minister following which they have decided to postpone the proposed tractor march to Parliament on November 29.
"As announced on Saturday after a meeting, Samyukt Kisan Morcha decided to wait for the government to respond formally to all the demands raised by it in its letter to the PM on November 21," SKM, which is spearheading the protests against the three farm laws, said in a statement.

A mahapanchayat was organised at Azad Maidan where various organisations came together to attend it. Farmers declared their determination to fight for the remaining demands including legal guarantee on MSP and procurement, withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill, removal from the Cabinet and repeal of the four Labour Codes, an end to selling off the country through privatization, halving the price of diesel, petrol, cooking gas and other essential commodities, doubling the days of work and wages under MNREGA and extending it to the urban areas, said SKM.
SKM said that the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar’s media comments are wrong in claiming that the "Centre has accepted the unions’ demand for decriminalising stubble burning by farmers".
As pointed out by SKM, "The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Act 2021" continues to have a new Section 15 called Environmental Compensation which states that the "Commission may impose and collect environmental compensation from farmers causing air pollution by stubble burning, at such rate and in such manner, as may be prescribed", even though it is not called "Penalties".
The Union Minister of Agriculture was silent on the Electricity Amendments Bill 2021, which is now listed for the Parliament's Winter Session starting from November 29. Importantly, Tomar said that withdrawal of cases filed against farmers and also compensation to the martyrs of the movement is matter of state governments, and that they will decide on these matters. The Minister was also silent on the Lakhimpur Kheri issue related demand from SKM, for Ajay Mishra Teni's dismissal, said SKM.
SKM pointed out that without resumption of dialogue with farmers, government doesn’t hope to end the farmers' protests in undemocratic, unilateral ways.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait, in Mumbair, said, Government should bring a law on Minimum Support Price (MSP) otherwise the protesting farmers and their four lakh tractors are there.
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