The joint Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and Kisan Majdoor Morcha announced that the farmers will leave for Delhi on Tuesday after a meeting between farmers’ union leaders and the government.
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The farmers’ demands include Minimum Support Price (MSP), implementation of Swaminathan Commission recommendations, pension for farmers and farm labourers, farm debt waiver, withdrawal of police cases, justice, rehabilitation of victims of Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Land Acquisition Act 2013, withdrawal from the World Trade Organization, and compensation to the families of farmers killed in earlier protests, among other issues.
To prevent the planned march, Haryana authorities have fortified the state’s borders with Punjab in Ambala, Jind, Fatehabad, Kurukshetra and Sirsa, using concrete blocks, iron nails and barbed wire. Additionally, the Haryana government has implemented Section 144 of the CrPC in 15 districts, which prohibits gatherings of five or more people and bans demonstrations or marches involving tractor trolleys.
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here is Main demands By Farmers:
- An Act to ensure Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops
One of the main demands of the protesting farmers is the MSP which is the price at which the government buys crops from farmers, providing them with guaranteed income for their produce. This price acts as a safety net for farmers, ensuring that they get a fair price for their crops, especially during periods of market volatility or when market prices fall below the MSP. The government’s MSP guarantee was one of the conditions on which farmer groups called off their year-long agitation on Delhi’s borders in 2020-21.
- Compensation to farmers killed in Lakhimpur Kheri
Farmers are demanding strict action against those responsible for the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3, 2021, when four protesting farmers were killed after being hit by a vehicle. Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra has been identified as the main accused in this case.
Farmers are demanding withdrawal of cases against protesters involved in the long-running farmers’ agitation in 2020-21.
- Re-establishment of Land Acquisition Act 2013
The protesting farmers are demanding compensation of land acquired by various authorities for developmental projects. They are also advocating 10 percent reservation of residential plots on developed lands for their families.
Farmers argue that the existing compensation rates are inadequate and leave them landless. In particular, they argue that the compensation they receive from authorities like the Noida Authority, Greater Noida Authority and Yamuna Authority – which usually ranges from 5 to 7 per cent of the total acquired land – is inadequate. Further, they assert that they have suffered financial losses due to low rates of land acquisition in the past years.
- Withdrawal from the World Trade Organization
Farmers are demanding withdrawal from the World Trade Organization as well as freezing of all trade agreements.
- Compensation to the families of farmers who died in the previous agitation
The farmers have also demanded compensation from the government for the families of those who died during the protests, including employment for one of the family members.
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