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SC-appointed committee submits report on farm laws

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The Supreme Court-appointed committee that was entrusted with the responsibility of analysing the contentious farm laws passed by the Centre had submitted its report to the apex court on March 19 in a sealed cover.

A member of the committee, PK Mishra, said, “We submitted the report on March 19 in a sealed cover. Now, the court will decide the future course of action.”

Notably, the controversial laws resulted in a countryside stir and months of protests at Delhi borders.

Committee formed by SC in January

The top court had formed the committee after it decided to put the laws on hold. The committee was formed on January 11 and four members were nominated who were asked to break the deadlock between the protesting farmers and the Centre.

Apart from Mishra, Shetkari Sanghatana President Anil Ghanwat and agri-economist and former Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) Ashok Gulati are other members of the panel.

The fourth member Bhartiya Kisan Union President Bhupinder Singh Mann had, however, recused himself from the committee before the work began.

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Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and other states have been camping outside the national capital protesting the Centre’s new farm laws for the last five months. The SC-appointed committee was given two months to study the laws and consult all stakeholders.

Consultation with stakeholders on farm laws

As per the committee’s official website, the panel held 12 rounds of consultations with various stakeholders, including farmers groups, farmer producers organisations (FPOs) procurement agencies, professionals, academicians, private as well as state agriculture marketing boards.

The panel also held nine internal meetings before finalising the report.

 

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