New Delhi: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of over 40 protesting farmer unions on Friday (May 21) wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to start talks over the three farm laws that were passed in the Parliament. The laws drew criticism from several farmer bodies who have been protesting at different borders of the national capital since November 26, 2020.
“Today, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha has written a letter to the Prime Minister, asking for the resumption of talks with farmers. This letter touches upon several aspects of the farmers’ movement, and the ignorant attitude of the government,” the SKM said in the statement.
It said that though it does want a COVID-19 transmission to spread among the protesting farmers it will continue as they “cannot also give up on the struggle, as it is a matter of life and death, and also of future generations”.
“Any democratic government would have repealed the three laws that have been rejected by the farmers in whose name these were enacted, and seized the opportunity to provide legal guarantee of MSP to all farmers…..as the Head of the government of the largest democracy in the world, the onus of resuming a serious and sincere dialogue with the farmers lies with you,” the letter reads.
Several rounds of talks between the farmers and the Union government have failed to generate a common ground.
The last round of talks took place on January 22. Four days later the tractor rally on the Republic Day saw several incidents of violence which left one protester dead.
Furthermore, people also entered the Red Fort and a flag of Nisan Sahib was hoisted on a empty flagpole.
Meanwhile, Farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal appealed to the people to raise black flags on their houses, vehicles and shops against the three farm laws on May 26.
Farmers have been protesting against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 which were passed on September 17, 2020.
The laws were given Presidential assent on September 27, 2020.
With inputs from PTI