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Farmers are Starting Their Journey Back to Home After a Year of Protest

New Delhi, Dec 11 (PTI) Several protesting farmers began returning to their home states on Saturday morning, more than a year after arriving in large convoys of tractors, carrying with them a victory to cherish and memories of a successful siege at Delhi’s borders.

Farmers dismantled roadblocks near the Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur borders and staged a ‘Victory March’ to commemorate the repeal of three contentious farm laws and the Centre’s written assurance to meet their other demands, including the formation of a committee to ensure the legality of the minimum support price (MSP) for crops.

Following a successful movement, the farmers set off for their homes in various states, including Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh.

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Tractors decked out in bright lights rolled out of protest sites, blasting triumphant songs as the elderly flaunted their colourful turbans and danced with the children.

“For the past year, the Singhu border has been our home. This movement brought us (farmers) together as we fought the black farm laws together, regardless of caste, creed, or religion. This is a historic moment, and the movement’s triumphant outcome is even more significant “Kuljeet Singh Aulakh, a farmer from Moga in Punjab, said this as he hugged his fellow farmers before heading back home.

Jitender Chaudhary, a farmer near the Ghazipur border, was preparing his tractor-trolley to return to his home in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh.

He claims he will return home with hundreds of happy memories and a victory over the “black” farm laws.

Farmers will end 15-month strike and vacate protest sites near Delhi border
Farmers will end 15-month strike and vacate protest sites near Delhi border

“We were fortunate enough to be a part of a historic movement against the federal government’s three farm laws. During the agitation, we made new friends and gained a unique experience “According to Chaudhary.

The farmers celebrate ‘Vijay Diwas’ on December 11th.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting at the national capital’s borders since November 26 last year, demanding that the three farm laws be repealed.

On November 29, a bill was passed in Parliament repealing the laws, which was one of the farmers’ main demands.

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Farmers, on the other hand, refused to stop protesting until the government met their other demands, which included a legal guarantee on MSP and the withdrawal of police cases against them.

As the Centre agreed to the pending demands, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, the umbrella body of 40 farm unions at the forefront of the uprising, announced on Thursday that the farmers’ movement would be suspended and that farmers would return to their homes on December 11 from the protest sites near the Delhi border.

Farmers’ leaders said they’ll meet again on January 15 to see if the government has complied with their demands.

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and the Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 were all repealed by Parliament on November 29.

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