Farmers’ protest: SC-appointed panel on farm legal guidelines submits report | India Information – Occasions of India


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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court-appointed committee to study the three new controversial agricultural laws has submitted its report to the apex court on March 19 in a sealed cover, one of its members said on Wednesday.
Thousands of farmers – mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh – have been protesting against the three agri-marketing laws passed by Parliament in September last year. The farmers, including women and the aged, have been staying put at three points at the Delhi borders – Ghazipur, Tikri and Singhu – since November 26 last year to demand repeal of the farm laws and according to legal status for the minimum support price (MSP) for crops.
The Supreme Court had, on January 11, stayed the implementation of the three laws till further orders and appointed a four-member panel to resolve the impasse. The committee was given two months to study the laws and consult all stakeholders.
“We submitted the report on March 19 in a sealed cover. Now, the court will decide the future course of action,” one of the members of the committee PK Mishra said.
As per the committee’s official website, the panel held a total 12 rounds of consultations with various stakeholders, including farmers groups, farmer producers organisations (FPOs), procurement agencies, professionals, academicians, private as well as state agriculture marketing boards.
The panel also held nine internal meetings before finalising the report.
Apart from Mishra, Shetkari Sanghatana president Anil Ghanwat and agri-economist and former chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) Ashok Gulati are other members of the panel.
The fourth member Bhartiya Kisan Union president Bhupinder Singh Mann had, however, recused himself from the committee before the work began.
The government held 11 rounds of negotiations with 41 farmer unions in a bid to find a solution to the farmers’ grievances. However, the talks were deadlocked over the demand of the farmers to repeal the three farm laws and giving legal status to MSP.
The government agreed to other demands of the farmers except these two. The government also offered to defer the implementation of the three reform laws by 18 months. But the farmers did not budge from their stand.
As a result, the talks have met a dead end.
Intensifying their agitation, the farmers had held a tractor rally on Republic Day in the national capital which went violent. The farmers allegedly indulged in violence and deviated from the route they had agreed to take with the Delhi Police.
Several police personnel and farmers were injured and a farmer from UP lost his life allegedly while driving a tractor at a high speed.

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