It is sad that there was no solution to the farmers’ agitation on the report given 6 months ago: SC Panel Member

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New Delhi
A member of the committee formed by the Supreme Court on Agriculture Law has written a letter to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court requesting that the report submitted by the committee be made public. The committee had submitted its report on March 19 and before that it had talked to all the stakeholders and farmers. The concerns of the farmers have also been noticed and they are confident that the recommendations made in the report will pave the way for ending the farmers’ agitation. On January 12, the Supreme Court had decided to constitute a four-member committee, staying the implementation of all three agricultural laws. One of these members, Anil Dhanawat (President Shetkeri Sangathan Maharashtra), has written to the Chief Justice that he is a member of the committee set up by the Supreme Court on Agriculture Law. The committee was asked to submit its report in two months. The committee took their opinion and talks with all the farmers and stakeholders and submitted its report on 19 March. In the report, the committee has put forth the suggestions and opinions of all the stakeholders. The concerns of the farmers have also been looked into. The Committee is confident that the recommendations made in the report will pave the way for ending the farmers’ agitation. Ghanwat said that he himself belongs to the farmers’ community and is also a member of the committee, but he is sad that till now the farmers’ agitation is going on. We request the Supreme Court to place the report in public domain and make it public for implementation of the recommendations made in the report to solve the problems of farmers. On 12 January 2021, the Supreme Court had stayed the implementation of the Agriculture Act till further orders. The Supreme Court had constituted a committee of four members, which had to discuss with both the parties and submit the report to the Supreme Court along with its recommendations. The court had asked the committee to hold its first meeting within 10 days and submit its report in two months. The Supreme Court has said in its decision that three types of applications have been filed in the Supreme Court. Among these, the constitutional validity of the agricultural law in the first category has been questioned. In the second type of application, the validity was upheld and the law is said to be beneficial.

[Attribution to NBT]

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