Farmers in Sikar district finally called off a 13-day protest on Thursday morning. This 13-day long protest had badly hit normal life and had affected traffic movement on several arterial roads. Under the leadership of Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha chief and former MLA Amra Ram, farmers put their 11 demands forward to Vasundhara Raje government. This protest is further joined by Dalits, minorities and women which took this agitation in different direction. Have a look on major highlights of this farmer negotiation (Kisan samjhota):
The major demand by representatives of farmers to the Rajasthan government is waiving the complete loan of farmers. Government has agreed to waive loan upto ₹ 50000. It will be interesting to see the impact of this decision on state exchequer.
Another demand was implementation of the Swaminathan committee report. Agriculture minister said that 80 percent recommendations of the Swaminathan committee report have already been implemented. For crop value evaluation, request has been made to union government.
Farmers also demanded to remove ban on Sale of Animals law, 2017. This ban has already been removed by Supreme Court and animal sellers will be provided better protection.
The other demands are connecting Sikar district with water and free supply of electricity to farmers. Dr. Prabhu Lal Saini, honourable Agriculture minister of Rajasthan made it clear that for water supply, state government is dependent on Punjab. Electricity can be provided to farmers at subsided rate of 0.90 paise/unit.
Another demand is ₹ 5000 pension must be provided to farmers above 60 of years. For this Government stated that under Samajik Suraksha Pension Yojana, Rajasthan, eligible people will get pension. For further amendments, government will take appropriate actions.
Apart from above, there are few more demands of the farmers. After the third round of talks with government officials, the protest was called-off.