Farmers' protest: SKM to hold nationwide stir on 21 March over Centre's 'unfulfilled promises'


New Delhi: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) will hold a nationwide protest on 21 March to protest against the Centre for not fulfilling its promises, including setting up of a panel on MSP and withdrawal of cases against farmers, its functionaries said on Monday.

It was decided after a day-long closed door meeting was held at the Gandhi Peace Foundation at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg here.

SKM leaders and members reviewed the progress made so far by the Centre on the promises made to farmers, including setting up a panel on MSP.

"There has been no progress in fulfilling the promises made by the Centre to farmers on the issue of forming a panel on MSP to make legislation on it, withdrawal of cases against farmers and expulsion of Union minister Ajay Mishra Teni from the Cabinet.

"So the SKM has decided to hold a nationwide protest at district and block level on 21 March against the central government for non fulfilling promises," senior SKM member Abhimanyu Kohar told PTI.

The SKM, an umbrella body of 40 farm unions, had spearheaded a year-long agitation against the Centre's three farm laws.

It had suspended the stir on 9 December last year after the government revoked the contentious laws and agreed to consider its six other demands, including withdrawal of cases registered against farmers during the agitation, a legal guarantee on MSP and compensation for kin of farmers who died during the protest.

Later in a statement, the SKM said farmers will observe 'MSP guarantee week' from 11 to 17 April under its next phase of nationwide campaign.