New Delhi: The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde will hear important petitions related to farmers’ protest here on Monday (January 11, 2021). Several PILs have been filed citing law and order situation and inconvenience to the people living in the Delhi-NCR region due to the protesting farmers.
After eight rounds of negotiations between the Center and the farmer, the unions failed to yield any results as agitating farmers are adamant on repealing the new agricultural laws.
Now, all eyes are on the Supreme Court, which will look into the validity of the three controversial laws. A cursory glance at earlier observations by the apex court indicated that it would help break the deadlock between the Center and the farmers.
On December 17, 2020, the SC accepted the non-violent protest of farmers, suggesting the idea of introducing new agricultural laws to enable dialogue with agitating farmers.
The apex court had said, “It will not interfere with the farmers’ protest against the laws of the three farms. We are at this stage that the protest of the farmers should be allowed to continue without any hindrance and without disturbing the peace.” ” Protesters or police. “
However, the Center said that the farmers would not come forward to negotiate then. Both sides were told by the court that talks are not being held at the moment.
The apex court said that it would pass an order to constitute a committee only after hearing all the parties including the protesting farmers’ unions. It also said that farmers cannot protest without talking to the government.
Notably, thousands of farmers have encamped on Delhi’s borders since late November 2020 and are protesting against three laws enacted in September 2020. These laws have been introduced by the Center as major reforms in the agricultural sector that will remove it, allowing middlemen and farmers to sell it anywhere in the country.
However, agitating farmers have expressed fears that the new laws will pave the way for abolition of the minimum support price security cushion and do away with the mandi system and leave them at the mercy of the big corporate.
Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Railways, Commerce and Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal and Union Minister of State for Commerce attended the 8th round of talks with representatives of 41 farmers unions. Udyog Som Prakash at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on 8 January.
The Minister of Agriculture, who expressed that the farmer unions kept the movement disciplined, was laudable, with the government ready to continue the discussion with an open mind.