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Samyukta Kisan Morcha rejects central govt’s farm committee

SKM sends letter to PM, articulating concern over absence of any mention of an MSP law and also about one-sided character of panel
The government, while notifiying the formation of the committee on Monday, had said the SKM would have three representatives.
The government, while notifiying the formation of the committee on Monday, had said the SKM would have three representatives.
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Our Special Correspondent   |   New Delhi   |   Published 20.07.22, 01:43 AM

The two factions of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), the farmers’ collective which spearheaded the year-long agitation against the farm laws, on Tuesday separately decided against joining the 28-member committee on farm-related issues as the terms of reference make no mention of a law to guarantee Minimum Support Price for all crops.

The government, while notifiying the formation of the committee on Monday, had said the SKM would have three representatives.

In a formal response, the larger SKM faction said it rejects the panel and has decided not to nominate a representative. Apart from the fact that there is no intent to discuss an MSP guarantee law, the SKM believes the panel is dominated by pro-government interests.

“The chairman of the committee is former agriculture secretary Sanjay Agarwal, who drafted all three anti-farmer laws. He is accompanied by Ramesh Chand, a member of NITI Aayog, who was the main advocate of these three laws,’’ the SKM said.

The SKM (Non-Political), a group of 60 organisations, sent a similarly worded letter to the Prime Minister, articulating concern over the absence of any mention of an MSP law and also about the one-sided character of the committee.



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