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‘Committee on farm laws’ holds its first meeting today with ten different farmers’ organisations

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The Supreme Court appointed panel on Farm laws begins consultations with Farmers Unions. Ten different farmers organisations from eight states namely Karnataka, Kerala, MP, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and UP participate in the discussion.

In a press brief issued by the “Committee on Farm Laws” it said a meeting was held today on 21.01.2021, with the Farmers Organisations who participated in the discussion from ten different States. “They have expressed their view briefly and frankly on the all 3 Farm Acts i.e. (i) The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, (ii) The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and (iii) Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020,” it said. 

The Committee said, “the Farmers Union participated in the discussion and gave their frank opinion including suggestions to improve the implementation of Acts.” 

After the recusal of former MP Bhupinder Singh Mann from the four member Committee, Dr. Pramod Joshi, Dr. Ashok Gulati and Anil Ghanwat held the meeting today on 21, Jan 2021, at NASC Complex, Dev Prakash Shastri Marg, Pusa, New Delhi 110012. 

The Supreme Court on January 12, had formed the Committee to hold talks between the Centre and the protesting farmers to resolve the impasse over the three farm laws.

The Supreme Court in its order on Jan 20, 2021, on an application filed seeking modification of the Courts order on formation of committee after the recusal of Bhupinder Mann, has issued notice. 

The Court has noted in its order that the purpose of constituting the Committee is to hear the grievances of the parties impacted by the impugned legislation and make Report to this Court. Adjudicatory powers have not been conferred on the Committee

Further, the Court has noted the submissions of Senior Counsel appearing on behalf of eight of the respondents-farmers’ Union in writ petitions, who jointly stated that since farmer’s unions represented by them have already decided not to participate in the deliberations of any committee, they have nothing to say on the instant application for modification of Courts Order dated 12/01/2021. 

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