Farmers’ Protest Live Updates: Agitation enters 50th day; Supreme Court panel to start hearings in 10 days

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Farm leaders handle a press convention at Singhu border in New Delhi after the Supreme Court judgment on the farm legal guidelines, on Tuesday, January 12, 2020. (Express Photo: Abhinav Saha)

The Supreme Court has placed on maintain, till additional orders, the implementation of the three contentious farm legal guidelines and named a committee to recommend what modifications, if any, have been wanted after it listens to all sides. The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde and comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, claimed negotiations between the farmers and the federal government had been fruitless and a “committee of experts” might “create a congenial atmosphere and improve the trust and confidence of the farmers”.
It added {that a} keep of “implementation of all the three farm laws” might “assuage the hurt feelings” of protesting farmers and encourage them to come back to the negotiating desk with “confidence” and in “good faith”.

In an announcement, the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, spearheading the protests by farmer unions tenting on the gates of Delhi since November 26, stated: “We noted that the Court has ordered suspension of implementation of the laws temporarily. Suspending the implementation of the laws as an interim measure is welcome, but is not a solution and the farmer unions have not been asking for this solution, given the fact that the implementation can be reinstated… The Government must repeal the laws.”
The Morcha stated it might not take part in “any such committee process”.

All 4 members have publicly been in favour of the farm legal guidelines and none of them has supported the calls for for repealing them. Three of the 4 consider the protesting farmers are misguided; they’re unanimous of their view that the farm legal guidelines will profit the farmers immensely.
There is not any voice within the panel for the form of reservations in opposition to the farm legal guidelines that the protesting farmers are elevating. But between the 4 of them, the panel members carry a number of many years of expertise, both as agricultural economists or farmer leaders.