Farmers’ Protest Live Updates: Supreme Court panel to begin hearings in 10 days
A mural at Singhu border in New Delhi, where farmers are protesting against the new farm bills, on Tuesday, January 12,2020 (Express Image: Abhinav Saha)
Farmers’ Protest Live Updates: The Supreme Court Tuesday stayed the implementation of the 3 contentious farm laws and established a four-member committee to make recommendations on the legislations after listening to all stakeholders. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde gave the panel two months to submit its report, which would assist the court come to a “fair, fair and simply service”.
The three laws are: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promo and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Vital Commodities (Change) Act, 2020; and Farmers (Empowerment and Defense) Arrangement on Price Assurance and Farm Provider Act, 2020.
The SC also sought by Wednesday an affidavit from the Centre on whether a prohibited organisation had extended support to the agitating farmers. In court, Chief law officer K Venugopal declared “Khalistanis” had infiltrated the ongoing farmers’ demonstration, and stated he would file an application with intelligence inputs.
In response to the verdict, farmer unions announced they would not take part in the consultation procedure, and repeated their need for repeal of the laws. Leaders invited the interim measure, but stated it was “not an option”. Calling the committee members “pro government”, they stated it was a way to divert attention from the government, “so that pressure is lifted from them”, and farmers keep battling in the court.
On the other hand, with pressure installing on Haryana’s BJP– JJP federal government, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his deputy Dushyant Chautala Tuesday reiterated there was no threat to the state’s coalition government. Their declaration followed a meeting with Union House Minister Amit Shah.
Farmers’ Demonstration Live Updates: Supreme Court stays implementation of farm laws; SC panel to start hearing stakeholders in 10 days; SC looks for affidavit from Centre on ‘Khalistani’ support to protests; farmer unions state won’t take part in assessment procedure; Khattar, Dushyant state no threat to Haryana govt. Read newest news and upgrade below
Farm leaders address a press conference at Singhu border in New Delhi after the Supreme Court judgment on the farm laws, on Tuesday, January 12,2020 (Express Picture: Abhinav Saha)
The Supreme Court has actually postponed, until additional orders, the execution of the 3 controversial farm laws and named a committee to recommend what changes, if any, were required after it listens to all sides. The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde and making up Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, claimed negotiations in between the farmers and the government had been fruitless and a “committee of professionals” may “produce a congenial environment and enhance the trust and self-confidence of the farmers”.
It included that a stay of “application of all the three farm laws” may “relieve the hurt feelings” of objecting farmers and encourage them to come to the negotiating table with “self-confidence” and in “great faith”.
In a declaration, the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, spearheading the demonstrations by farmer unions camping at evictions of Delhi given that November 26, stated: “We kept in mind that the Court has purchased suspension of application of the laws temporarily. Suspending the execution of the laws as an interim procedure is welcome, but is not an option and the farmer unions have actually not been asking for this solution, offered the truth that the application can be reinstated … The Federal government must reverse the laws.”
The Morcha said it would not take part in “any such committee procedure”.
All 4 members have actually publicly been in favour of the farm laws and none has supported the needs for reversing them. Three of the four think the protesting farmers are misguided; they are consentaneous in their view that the farm laws will benefit the farmers profoundly.
There is no voice in the panel for the type of appointments versus the farm laws that the protesting farmers are raising. But between the 4 of them, the panel members bring numerous years of experience, either as agricultural economic experts or farmer leaders.
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