A member of the Supreme Court-appointed group that was tasked with reviewing three farm laws has asked for its report to be made public.
India: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 22:08, by: Staff Reporters

On Tuesday, Anil Ghanwat, a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Farm Laws, petitioned the supreme court to release the panel's report.

Anil Ghanwat, one of the members of the Supreme Court Committee on the farm laws, appealed to the apex court on Tuesday to release the panel’s report.

"After the Government's decision to repeal the farm laws in the coming Winter Session of the Parliament," Ghanwat wrote to Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, "the Committee's report is no longer relevant with regard to those laws, but there are suggestions in the report on farmers' issues that are of great public interest."

He added, “The report can also play an educational role and ease the misapprehensions of many farmers who have, in my opinion, been misguided by some leaders who do not seem to appreciate how a minimally regulated free market can allocate national resources to their most productive use.”

Ghanwat also asked the Supreme Court to order the government to create a rigorous policy procedure in the letter.

"We should have a policy that is in the interest of farmers and does not distort the market," Ghanwat said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Ghanwat, a senior leader of Shetkari Sanghatana, stated that he would travel across the country in the next 2-3 months, gathering over 1 lakh farmers in favour of agricultural reforms. He went on to say that the demand for a guarantee of the minimum support price is now unfeasible.

The Supreme Court established a commission to investigate three farm laws on January 12 this year, while postponing their implementation. On March 13, 2021, the committee filed its findings, although it has yet to be made public. Ghanwat wrote to the Chief Justice of India on September 7 this year, demanding that the report be made public and forwarded to the Centre.

On Friday, Anil Ghanwat, president of Shetkari Sangathana and one of the members of the Supreme Court-appointed committee on farm laws, said the Prime Minister's decision to repeal the three farm laws was "unfortunate" for the farmers, although calling it a "political move."

Ghanwat said speaking to the media, “This is a very unfortunate decision for the farmers of India and the country. The farm laws had given some market freedom to the farmers and the agriculture produce marketing.”

“This was the first time in history that Indian farmers were given some freedom. The new farm laws have been repealed, the old laws exploited the farmers, had a lot of restrictions on farmers, prices of agriculture produce were pulled down using these weapons such as export ban, stock limits and many other restrictions on marketing. The farmers who have been agitating were misguided by leaders saying that APMC will go; MSP will go, and your lands will be taken away by companies. This is all false,” Ghanwat had added.


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