Himachal farmers give ultimatum to government

After an assurance by the state government to look into their demands on Friday, various farmer organisations in Himachal Pradesh deferred their protest, which they claimed to be successful. However, they gave an ultimatum to the state government that if their demands are not met, they would launch a ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’ (mass court arrest) on 17 August.

The decision was taken by the farmer organisations that have congregated under the banner of the Sanyukt Kisan Manch (SKM).

SKM convenor Sanjay Chauhan said that after the massive protests by the farmers, the state government was forced to hold a meeting under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary, even in the absence of the chief minister and other cabinet ministers of the state.

He further said that 30 representatives of the farmer organisations participated in the meeting, wherein their 20-point charter of demands, which was submitted to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on 28 July, was discussed.

Source: thestatesman.com

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