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Farm laws: SC-appointed committee submits its report, Know key points

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed three-member committee, has reportedly submitted its report on the three newly-enacted farm laws after meeting with the farmer organisations to find a solution to the matter. The panel submitted its report to the top court in a sealed cover on March 19.

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The SC committee, in its report, said that around 85 farmer organisations have been consulted in the case. “The report has been submitted in the Supreme Court in a sealed cover envelope on March 19,” agricultural economist Anil Ghanvat, one of the members of the SC-appointed panel, confirmed with divulging any other details, alleging it to be a “confidential process” and that the matter is sub judice.

The committee had also sought comments, views, and suggestions of the public through a public notice published in major newspapers.

The three-member committee comprised of agricultural economists – Anil Ghanvat, Ashok Gulati, and Pramod Joshi – was formed by the SC on January 11 when it placed the farm laws on hold. Bhupinder Singh Mann, president, Bharatiya Kisan Union, and All India Kisan Coordination Committee was also initially part of the committee but he had later resigned.

The SC-appointed committee was formed to study Centre’s contentious farm laws in detail and talk to all the stakeholders.

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi at many instances has said that the agriculture sector is in need of urgent reform and modernisation and the government has initiated reforms that would free the small farmers from the pressure of middlemen.

As claimed by the ruling government, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government has set a target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

Hundreds of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, are protesting near the borders of the national capital  against government’s three contentious farm laws while demanding a complete repeal of these ‘black laws’.

Enacted in September last year, the three farm laws have been projected by the ruling-BJP as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.

The protesting farmers, on the other hand, have expressed apprehensions that the new farm laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of the minimum support price and do away with the mandi (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.

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Farmers from across the nation have been continuously protesting since November 26 last year against the three farm laws — Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

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