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Supreme Court puts on hold 3 farm laws, sets up 4-member committee to hold talks
January 12, 2021
The Supreme Court today put on hold three controversial laws at the core of the massive farmers’ protests near Delhi. The top court also said a committee would be formed to take over negotiations to end the crisis.
“We are staying three farm laws until further orders,”Chief Justice SA Bobde said. The government had, in eight rounds of talks with farmers’ unions over the past month, ruled out withdrawing the laws but had insisted it is open to amendments. The Supreme Court today said it was trying to solve the problem in the best way and had the power to suspend the laws for the moment.
“These are matters of life and death. We are concerned with laws. We are concerned with lives and property of people affected by the agitation. We are trying to solve the problem in the best way. One of the powers we have is to suspend the legislation,” the Chief Justice said.
“We want to solve the problem and that’s why we are making the committee. Give the names to us, we will decide,” he added. The top court also issued notice to farmers’ unions on a Delhi Police plea to stop a tractor rally during the January 26 Republic Day parade.
The four-member committee set up by the Supreme Court are :
1. Bhupender Singh Mann, BKU
2. Anil Ghanwant of Shetkari Sanghatana
3. Ashok Gulati, Agricultural Scientist
4. Pramod K Joshi of International Food Policy Research Institute
The top court on monday demanded the repeal of the three new farm laws, saying it was “extremely disappointed” with the negotiation process, and also expressed its inclination to stay the implementation of the acts. It asked the central government whether it would pause the three controversial laws at the core of massive farmer protests near Delhi, and suggested a committee for negotiations.
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