The Supreme Court Tuesday stayed the implementation of controversial new farm laws till further orders and constituted a four-member committee to resolve the impasse over them between the Centre and farmers’ unions protesting at Delhi borders. A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said,
“As a consequence, the Minimum Support Price system in ex-istence before the enactment of the farm Laws shall be maintained until further orders. In addition, the farmers’ land holdings shall be protected, i.e., no farmer shall be dispossessed or de-prived of his title as a result of any ac-tion taken under the farm laws”.
The bench, also comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, said the court-appointed panel shall hear the govern-ment as well as the farm-ers’ bodies and other it stakeholders and sub-mit a report before the apex court containing its recommendations within two months fit the date of its first sit-ting at Delhi. In its interim order the top court directed that the panel shall held its first sitting within 10 days from Tuesday. The committee comprises Bhupinder Singh Mann, National President of Bhartiya Kisan Union and All India Kisan Coordination Committee,
Dr Parmod Kumar Joshi, Director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute, Ashok Gulati, agri-cultural economist and former chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices and Anil Ghanwat, President of Shetkari Sanghatana. The bench said this panel is “consti-tuted for the purpose of listening to the grievances of farmers relating to the farm laws and the views of the government and to make recommendations”.
“The implementation of the three farm laws 1) Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation)
Members of SC-appointed panel are pro-govt: Unions
New Delhi: Protesting farmer unions Tuesday asserted they will not appear before the Supreme Court appointed panel, alleging it was “pro-govern-ment”, and said they won’t settle for any-thing less than the repeal of the three contentious laws. They also raised doubts over the neutrality of the mem-bers of the committee even as they welcomed the top court’s order to stay the implementation of the laws.
Addressing a press conference at Singhu Border here, farmer leader Balbeer Singh Rajewal said that farmers never demanded the Supreme Court form a committee to resolve the impasse, alleging the Central govern-ment was behind this development. “The . members of the SC– appointed committee are not dependable as they have been writ-ing on how agri laws are pm-farmer We will continue our agita-tion,” Rajewal told the presser after a meeting of 32 farmer unions from Punjab. “We are against any commit-tee on principle. It is the government’s way to distract attention from the