Put farm laws on hold or we will: SC to Centre -Shagun Kapil
-Down to Earth
Said will facilitate talks before committee set up by the court
The Supreme Court January 11, 2021 slammed the Narendra Modi government’s handling of protests by farmers over the recent agriculture-related laws. It called for a committee and said if the government doesn’t stays the three laws, the apex court would
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said that it was disappointed with the way the government is handling the issue and that the current negotiations between the farmer unions and the Centre are not reaping any result.
"We are sorry to say that you, as the Union of India, are not able to solve the problem. You have made a law without enough consultation resulting in a strike. So you have to resolve the strike," said Bobde.
The court said that it is suggesting to stay the implementation of the laws only to facilitate talks before a committee set up by the court. The top court asked senior advocate Dushyant Dave, pleading for farmer unions, to discuss the court's views with the unions.
Attorney General KK Venugopal said that more than 2,000 farmers entered into contract for selling their produce after these laws were passed and if the court stays the laws, these farmers will incur losses.
"Staying implementation of law is the same as staying. Court cannot do indirectly what it cannot do directly,"he said. To this, the court replied, "We are conscious of that distinction."
To the government's point that there are many other farmer organisations which see these laws as beneficial, the court said it does not have their perspective.
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Down to Earth, 11 January, 2021, https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/governance/put-farm-laws-on-hold-or-we-will-sc-to-centre-74994?fbclid=IwAR2npS0SkhnYIqb6ACODPJl-DCn-vJzYKRhPVViWD0Yob5izxeUSTgyr9qQ