SC stays 3 farm laws: Farmers continue protest

Farmers said they would not call off their protest until the legislations are repealed.

Farmer leaders welcomed the Supreme Court's order to stay the implementation of three farm laws on Tuesday, but said they would not call off their protest until the legislations are repealed. The Sankyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of around 40 protesting farmer unions, has called a meeting later in the day to decide the next course of action. The farmer leaders said they are not willing to participate in any proceedings before a committee appointed by the Supreme Court, but a formal decision on this will be taken by the Morcha.

The Supreme Court stayed the implementation of the three controversial Farm Laws against which farmers, particularly from north Indian States of Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting at Delhi borders since November 2020.

The three laws, Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance & Farm Services Act 2020, Farmers Produce Trade & Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act & Amendment to Essential Commodities Act have been stayed until further orders.
The Court also ordered the formation of a four-member committee to hear all the parties and stakeholders and submit a report to the Court about the same.

The committee will comprise Bhupinder Singh Mann (National President of BharatiyaKisan Union), Dr.Pramod Kumar Joshi, Ashok Gulati (Agricultural Economist) and Anil Ghanwat (President of ShetkariSanghatana).The order was pronounced by a three-judge Bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI), SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.The committee is being formed so that the Court gets a clearer picture about the ground situation, CJI Bobde added while underscoring that the committee and its functioning will be considered part of the current judicial proceedings before the Supreme Court.

Senior Counsel Harish Salve told that if the laws are stayed, then the order should make it clear that it’s not a victory for anyone. The Court issued notice on that application and posted it for hearing on January 18.

 

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