Sealed Report on Farm Laws Submits by Supreme Court Appointed Committee

The three-member committee appointed by the Supreme Court on the three contentious farm laws submitted its report of its observations in a sealed cover.

The committee has reportedly said that about 85 farmer organizations have been talked to find a solution to the issue. Any other details of the report are unknown.

In January 2021, the Supreme Court temporarily stayed three controversial farm laws and formed a four-member committee to negotiate with farmers.

The committee included agricultural economist Ashok Gulati, Bharatiya Kisan Union (MAN) President Bhupinder Singh Mann, Shetkari Organization president Anil Ghanawat and Pramod Kumar Joshi of International Food Policy Research Institute.

However, two days after the formation, Mann had removed himself from the committee.

Protests by farmers from Punjab and Haryana continue at three protest sites on Delhi’s board in Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur against the Centre’s three controversial farm laws.

After several rounds of negotiations with farmers failed by Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and other Union ministers, the apex court had stayed the laws and constituted a committee to “solve the problem”.

The protests turned violent in the national capital on January 26, when a tractor rally was called out by farmers due to clashes between protesters and police.

The Modi-government has repeatedly assured the farmers that the three laws do not endanger their lands in any way and do not take the MSP. However, farmers have demanded that the laws be repealed and the MSP provided to them be guaranteed.