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On 48th day of protest, SC suspends implementation of 3 farm laws

The SC has also formed a 4-member committee to address the concerns of the agitating farmers

Tuesday January 12, 2021 1:55 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

SC order on farm laws

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India Tuesday suspended the implementation of three farm laws on the 48th day of farmers protest near the national capital Delhi.

The Narendra Modi government had on Monday appealed to the apex court not to put on hold the implementation of the farm laws.

The Supreme Court of India however ignored the government's appeal and suspended the implementation of the farm laws.

"These are matters of life and death. We are concerned with laws. We are concerned with lives and property of people affected by the agitation. We are trying to solve the problem in the best way. One of the powers we have is to suspend the legislation," Chief Justice SA Bobde said.

"We want to solve the problem and that's why we are making the committee. Give the names to us, we will decide," he added.

The SC has also formed a 4-member committee to address the concerns of the agitating farmers. The farmers' unions however have said they will not participate in any discussion with any such committee.

All India Kisan Sabha General Secretary Hannan Mollah told IANS on Tuesday that the farmer organisations respect the Supreme Court but they are unwilling to go before any committee which may be appointed by the apex court.

He clearly said:

"These acts are not in favour of farmers, so we are demanding to repeal it."

On the suggestions of the Supreme Court to stay and appoint a committee to look into the matter, Hannan Mollah said:

"The government will not discuss the issue of repealing the laws as seen during eight rounds of talks."

"The government wants to linger the matter. We are not in favour of putting the implementation of new farm laws on hold, we want them to be repealed."

He also said that farmers have no intention to disrupt the functions on the Republic Day as they will take out kisan parade across the country on January 26 after the main function completes.

Hannan Mollah said:

"The demonstrations against these three farm laws and the demand for repealing them will continue at the district headquarters across the country till January 20. After that a three-day programme of demonstrations will start on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Jayanti on January 23 and it will continue for two days.

A farmer leader from Punjab and General Secretary of Bharatiya kisan union (Lakhowal) Harinder Singh told IANS that farmers are going to burn the copies of the three farm laws on the auspicious occasion of Lohri in a move to intensify stir against these laws.

He said:

"Farmer's agitation will continue till the government is ready to withdraw these laws. Thousands of farmers have been demonstrating here at the bordering points of the national capital since November 23, 2020. They are demanding the repealing of the new laws enacted by the Centre last year and framing a new law which will give legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) of crops to the farmers."

 

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