News By/Courtesy: Aakash Raj | 14 Jan 2021 15:39pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Farmers conflict
  • laws that are suspended and why
  • formation of committee

In an attempt to break the stalemate between the government and farmers who have been protesting for nearly three months now in the cold of North India, the Supreme Court agreed to suspend the enforcement of the three agricultural laws. This was undertaken in an effort to encourage farmers agitating against them to come to the negotiating table. A four-member advisory committee was also set up to negotiate with the farmers and the administration. Pushing for repeal, farmers' associations have said that they would not come before the commission. As the three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde stated that meetings between the farmers' bodies and the government have not yet yielded any results and that the formation of a committee of agricultural experts to negotiate between the farmers' bodies and the Government of India can create a friendly atmosphere and enhance the faith and trust of farmers. Women and children among the demonstrators were also exposed as senior citizens to significant health threats raised by the cold and COVID-19. It noticed that deaths had already occurred, not due to violence, but rather from disease or by means of suicide. The laws suspended are as follows:- 1) The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 2) The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 3) The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 Before further orders are placed, the current minimum support price (MSP) scheme will be retained. Furthermore, farm holdings are secured. As a consequence of action taken under the farm laws, no farmer shall be dispossessed or stripped of their land title, the court said. The court added that it does not wish to suppress a nonviolent demonstration, regulations have remained in force to allow farmers' bodies to urge members to return to their livelihoods. The goal was to protect their life and others' lives and property. Further, the court stated they have the authority, to suspend a statute. But there must be some reason to suspend else it cannot. Thereby, a committee is to be formed that'll report to the court. So it wouldn't be indefinite to suspend the application of the statute. The farmers will be granted a fair playing field by a commission. The farmers are expected to appear before the formed committee as directed by the Chief Justice. Bobde said that if farmers can testify before the legislature, they can also appear before a committee formed by the court. According to the order uploaded on the court's website, the committee will conduct its first sitting in Delhi or elsewhere within 10 days and submit a report within two months of that. Meanwhile, the Delhi Police filed an application with the highest court requesting an injunction against a possible farmers' tractor march or some other form of demonstration seeking to interrupt the 26th Republic Day celebrations.

 

This Article Does Not Intend To Hurt The Sentiments Of Any Individual Community, Sect, Or Religion Etcetera. This Article Is Based Purely On The Authors Personal Views And Opinions In The Exercise Of The Fundamental Right Guaranteed Under Article 19(1)(A) And Other Related Laws Being Force In India, For The Time Being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 14 Jan 2021 18:18pm IST


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