SC proposes formation of panel to resolve Farmers’ issue, hearing tomorrow

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to Centre and States on a batch of pleas seeking a direction to the authorities to immediately remove the farmers who are protesting at several border points of Delhi against three new farm laws. 

A Bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian granted permission to implead farmer organisations. The matter will be heard in the Top Court on Thursday.

The top court told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that it intends to set up a committee comprising representatives of farmers unions across India, Government and other stakeholders to resolve this issue, adding “because this will soon become a national issue and with Government it won’t work out it seems.”

Protesting farmers on Wednesday blocked the Delhi-Noida border at Chilla. Farmer leaders said they will make the government repeal these laws. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the farmers are being misled about the agriculture reforms. He pointed out that the agriculture reforms that have taken place is exactly what farmer bodies and even opposition parties have been asking over the years. He reiterated that the Government of India is always committed to farmer welfare and we will keep assuring the farmers, addressing their concerns.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting at the Singhu and Tikri border for the past 20 days against the Centre’s three farm laws.