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Govt must not let agri protests escalate

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Farmers under the banner of Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) during 'Kisan Mahapanchayat', at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi | PTI photo

The protest rally by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmers’ unions, in Delhi on Monday might not have been as big as anticipated but it has managed to bring the issue of farmers’ unrest back in focus. The most worrisome is the warning issued by the SKM leaders that if the commitments made to them in December 2021 are not met, they would hold a protest bigger than the almost one-year-long blockade of the Delhi borders that forced the Central government to repeal the controversial farm laws.
Moreover, the list of their demands, some of which seem untenable, has swelled to include, apart from the legal guarantee on minimum support price (MSP), loan waiver, free power supply, pension for the aged, withdrawing cases against farmers, and compensation to the families of those who died during the previous agitations. They also want the government committee on crop prices dissolved because its terms of reference do not include the core i

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First Published: Mar 22 2023 | 10:39 PM IST

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