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Farm protests: SC forms committee with experts, critics point out flaws

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 • Telugu Comments

Farm protests: SC forms committee with experts, critics point out flaws

The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of the three farm laws passed by Parliament last year. Punjab's rich farmers have been leading protests against them, claiming that most of the farmers in the country are against it. The highest court has formed a four-member committee of experts to listen to the farmers’ grievances.

However, farmer unions are not happy with the development. It's because all four names on the committee are supposedly in favour of the farm laws. Some of the leaders of the protests have been quoted as saying that there is an attempt to water down the protests by putting them in the freezer for now.

Meanwhile, Kailash Chaudhary, the Union Minister of State for Agriculture has said that the apex court's decision is against the government's wishes. He added that the government wanted the farm laws to be implemented, not to be put on hold.

Question on SC's powers:

Several commentators are expressing dignified concern about the SC overstepping its brief. Policy-making is the preserve of the legislature. Judiciary has nothing to do with it. Says senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, "Nowhere in its order does the SC tell us exactly why it’s putting the farm law implementation on hold (are the laws unconstitutional?). From running Indian cricket to now managing farm agitations, should we just hand over the country to the SC?"

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