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Farmers to march to Delhi on February 13, demand law to guarantee MSP for crops

More than 200 farmer unions from across the country will participate in the “Delhi Chalo” march

2024 2largeimg 748700660CHANDIGARH: Farmers will march to Delhi on February 13 to press the Centre for accepting several demands, including the enactment of a law to guarantee MSP for crops, a top farm leader said on Monday.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal said more than 200 farmer unions from across the country will participate in the “Delhi Chalo” march.

These unions are part of Samyukta Kisan Morcha and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha.

Addressing reporters here, Dallewal alleged that the Centre had made a commitment for giving legal guarantee to MSP when the farmers protested against the three now-repealed farm laws. But the government is not fulfilling its promise because of pressure from the corporate sector, he added.

He said preparations for the march have been going on with farmers taking out tractor rallies at many places.

“Not only from Punjab, farmers from other states, including Haryana, will be participating in the march,” said Dallewal. We will head to Delhi from the Shambhu, Khanauri and the Dabwali borders, he added.

Sarwan Singh Pandher, general secretary of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, said besides legal guarantee for MSP, farmers are also demanding the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations, pension for farmers and farm labourers, farm debt waiver, withdrawal of police cases and “justice” for victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

Farmers mainly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh held a year-long protest on Delhi’s border points —- Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur — against the three now-repealed farm laws.

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