On the 12th of January, the Supreme Court (SC) issued orders and stayed the implementation of the three farm laws.
The SC judges said, “We are going to suspend the implementation of the three farm laws until further orders. Secondly, we are also constituting a committee.”
The committee would help in conducting talks between the Central Government and the protesting farmers.
The SC bench headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) S.A. Bobde also said, “We believe in the Committee and we are going to constitute it. This Committee will be the part of judicial proceedings.”
In regard to the committee formation, the Top Court recommended names like Bharatiya Kisan Union President Bhupinder Singh Mann, International Policy Head Pramod Joshi, Agricultural economist Ashok Gulati and Maharashtra Shetkari Sanghatana member Anil Ghanwat as members.
The formed committee would hear concerns from both the Centre and the farmer unions and help to break the deadlock.
Today’s announcement came a day after the SC asked the Central Government to suspend the implemented farm laws.
On the 11th of January, the Supreme Court (SC) heard a few petitions filed against the three farm laws. The bench comprising of CJI S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna and Justice V. Ramashbramanian heard the petitions filed against the implementation of the three farm laws.
Meanwhile thousands of farmers from Haryana and Punjab travelled to Delhi and are protesting at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders.
The farmers are protesting against the three farm laws implemented by the Central Government in September 2020.
According to the farmers, the three farm bills –
The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020, the Farmers Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill 2020 (Empowerment and Protection) and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020, would demolish Minimum Price Support (MSP) giving agriculture sector to the corporates and privatise the agriculture sector.
They also fear, with the new agriculture laws, they would be at the mercy of corporate people, as the mandi system would also be out of context.
In addition, The protests which started on the 25th of November, completed 48 days on the 12th of January.
The next meeting between the 41 farmer unions and the Central Government is scheduled to be held on the 15th of January.
Stay tuned for further updates.