Samyukt Kisan Morcha is a body brought together by the farmers and run by the farmers.
Farmer protests or “Kisan Morcha” have been going on for a while now. So everyone knows about it and it has been on the news for months. Farmers are protesting against the Ordinances Modi Government introduced. Their aim for protesting is to get these ordinances rolled back. As per the ordinances there will be a place for both regulated markets (mandis) and free markets.
In regulated markets purchase comes with a tax and APMC stays untouched, but in free markets there will be no tax to pay. Free markets don’t promise an MSP ( minimum support price) to the farmers. Now farmers are on the road demanding the new rules and laws for regulation of MSP. Farmers also want the Government to clear their loans and protect the regulated markets or “Mandis”.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) or United front of farmers is a byproduct of these farmer protests.
After the three ordinances were introduced in September 2020. The resistant farmers decided to come up with a body that would put their common cause at the front. Decidedly, SKM was formed in November of last year. SKM was formed to make their non violent protest be seen and their pleas be heard.
On March 26, Samyukt Kisan Morcha will go ahead with “Bharat Bandh”. There were reports that the call could get deferred because of Holi preparations, but that didn’t happen. It was decided in a meeting of SKM leaders with heads of trade unions and other representatives of different sectors. The duration set for the bandh is 6 AM to 6 PM (Complete twelve hours). They also decided to burn the copies of three acts in Holi on March 28.