Farmers Set to March to Delhi on February 13 for MSP Guarantee/NDTV
Farmers Set to March to Delhi on February 13 for MSP Guarantee
Farmers are gearing up for a significant march to Delhi on February 13, led by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political), to exert pressure on the Central government to address multiple demands. The key demands include the enactment of legislation to ensure Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops. Jagjit Singh Dallewal, a leader from Samyukta Kisan Morcha, emphasized that over 200 farmers’ unions nationwide, affiliated with the “Delhi Chalo” march, will participate. These unions collectively belong to the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha.
Unfulfilled Commitment: Allegations of MSP Guarantee Breach
During a press conference in Chandigarh, Jagjit Singh Dallewal accused the Central government of reneging on its commitment to legally guarantee MSP. He pointed out that the assurance was made during the farmers’ protests against the now-repealed farm laws. Dallewal alleged that corporate pressure is preventing the government from fulfilling its promise. The farmers have been actively preparing for the march, organizing tractor rallies in various locations.
National Participation: A United Front for Farmers’ Demands
Jagjit Singh Dallewal stressed that the march won’t be limited to Punjab, as farmers from other states, including Haryana, will actively participate. The farmers plan to approach Delhi from the Shambhu, Khanauri, and Dabwali borders. Sarwan Singh Pandher, the general secretary of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, highlighted additional demands such as the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations, pension for farmers and laborers, farm debt waiver, withdrawal of police cases, and justice for victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
The upcoming march follows a year-long protest by farmers mainly from Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, stationed at Delhi’s border points – Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur – against the now-repealed farm laws.