Farmers end year-long protest — Analysis
Indian farmers, who had been protesting for over a year in New Delhi, announced that their peaceful demonstrations will end after the government reversed controversial farm legislation.
Balbir Singh Rajewal (a leading farmer union leader) announced the announcement. He stated that the group had been in good standing. “received a letter from the government”In which they “conceded to our requests.”
Farmers claim they received an assurance that the government would guarantee all products’ prices and that the case against protesters would be dismissed.
The government has reacted to the original protests by removing three agricultural laws from its books. Farmers opposed the bills that sought to de-elect the agricultural sector and open up the markets. They claimed they would be left at the mercy large corporations regarding the price of their produce.
Despite ending their long-running protests in India’s capital, the farmers warned that they will review the progress the government has made on its assurances on January 15.
Gurnam Singh Charuni from another farm union leader threatened future actions. “we will resume our protests if the government moves away from the assurance.”
According to Reuters, the government is now creating a panel consisting of officials and farmers to make sure minimum support prices (MSPs), also known as guaranteed rates for every produce are set. MSPs cover only rice and wheat at the moment.