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Farmers end protest after meeting Central ministers

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 21, 2013
First Published: 00:54 IST(21/3/2013) | Last Updated: 00:56 IST(21/3/2013)

The farmers protest against the draft land acquisition bill was called off on Wednesday evening after a meeting with a group of Central ministers.


The government agreed to constitute committees to look into demands of the farmers demonstrating in Delhi since Monday under the banner of Kishan Khel Mazdoor Mahapanchayat with a definite timelines.

The breakthrough was arrived at a meeting of 19 delegates of the mahapanchayat with six central ministers including agriculture minister Sharad Pawar and Rural Development minister Jairam Ramesh.

“This is the first step in the process of realising better livelihoods for farmers; the content of the demands would be discussed in detail once the processes for the same, including the time lines get fixed tomorrow”, said Yudhvir Singh of the mahapanchayat.

The farmer’s delegation will be meeting Ramesh on Thursday morning to fix the deadline for various committees to be constituted.

Rakesh Tikait, national spokesperson of Bharat Kisan Union, said that if the government goes back on the process initiated today a decision on the next action will be taken at Kisan Kumbh in Haridwar.

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