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Samyukta Kisan Morcha submits letters  to MPs on farmers' outstanding demands

Samyukta Kisan Morcha submits letters to MPs on farmers' outstanding demands

 The office bearers of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM - A forum of farmers' associations) as part of a country wide campaign of submitting letters to the Members of the Parliament  met S.R Parthiban, Salem Lok Saba MP and N. Chandrasekar Member of Rajyasabha on Monday.
Led by A.Chandramohan,  the state organizer of SKM, the delegation submitted a letter containing six pending demands with regard to the farmers' issues in the country.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha had raised six pending demands to the Union Government through a letter dated November 12, 2021, which was responded by Secretary to the Governemnt, Sanjay Aggarwal. SKM suspended its Morchas in Delhi and protest demonstrations, based on a reply to the letter on December 9, 2021 assuring on behalf of the government on many of the issues. 
But the Union Government has not fulfilled their promises.
A law ensuring Minimum Support Price (MSP) for all crops is proposed based on the recommendation of the Swaminathan Commission. But the Union Government's committee contradicts SKM's terms.
A new committee should be re-constituted, including farmers' representatives, to legally guarantee MSP and purchase all crops.

The letter also reminds about the demand for waiver of loans for all farmers as over 80% of Indian farmers face massive indebtedness due to rising input costs and lack of remunerative prices. 
The Electricity Amendment Bill, 2022, should be withdrawn immediately, as the Union Government introduced it without discussion with the Samyukta Kisan Morcha. 
Additionally, Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni should be dismissed from the cabinet and arrested for the murder of four farmers and a journalist at Tikonia in Lakhimpur Kheri district of UP.
The innocent farmers who are imprisoned in the Lakhimpur Kheri massacre be released and the fake cases registered against them should be withdrawn. 

Government should implement crop insurance and a farmer pension scheme for medium, small, and marginal farmers and laborers to compensate for crop losses. 
Fake cases against farmers in BJP-ruled states and Union Territories should be withdrawn, compensation for martyred farmers should be paid, rehabilitation arrangements made, and land allocation for a memorial at the Singhu Border.