Farmers' protest: SC-appointed committee holds consultations on farm laws with 12 unions from eight states

Farmer unions from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal participated in the meeting

FP Staff February 15, 2021 20:43:30 IST
Farmers' protest: SC-appointed committee holds consultations on farm laws with 12 unions from eight states

File image of the Supreme Court of India. PTI

The committee appointed by the Supreme Court to study the contentious farm laws on Monday held its seventh meeting with twelve farmer unions. The unions that participated were from states like Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal, The News Minute reported.

The committee held "detailed" discussions on the contentious legislations with the unions, reports said.

The three-member panel also held consultations with academicians and agri-professionals on the legislations against which farmers have been protesting at Delhi's borders for over two months, PTI reported. The meetings with stakeholders are being held both online and in person.

In a statement, the committee said it held a detailed discussion with academicians and professionals on Monday through video conferencing.

"In total, 7 eminent academicians and professionals in the field participated through video conferencing for detailed deliberations with the committee members," it said.

The committee members requested the participants to give their views on the three farm laws. "All the participating professionals and academicians gave their detailed views and suggestions...," the statement said.

The Supreme Court had on 12 January stayed the implementation of the three contentious farm laws for two months and asked the committee to submit a report within two months after consulting the concerned stakeholders.

Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab, Haryana and parts of Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at Delhi's borders for over two months now seeking repeal of the new legislations, introduced by the Centre last year, saying they are pro-corporate and could weaken the mandi system.

The 11 rounds of the talks between the Centre and 41 protesting farmer unions has so far remained deadlocked even though the former has offered concessions including suspension of the legislations for 18 months, which the unions have rejected.

With inputs from PTI

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