Supreme Court mooting committee to resolve Farmer’s protest

    The Supreme Court while hearing PILs which sought removal of farmers who are blocking the roads and camping at borders of the Capital city of India, issued a notice to the State and Central government. Hon’ble Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and Hon’ble Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian, mentioned that they intend to set up a committee to deal with the farmer’s protest and that committee will comprise representatives of farmer associations and unions, government and other stakeholders. The Bench mentioned that since Centre’s negotiations with the farmers who are protesting have not worked out well, thus it has intended to form such a committee because this (farmer’s protest) will become a national matter and will not work well for the government, Bench told to the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. The Solicitor General assured that the government will not take any steps which will harm the farmers, but urged that the direction to be given to organization of farmers, to amicably discuss clauses of all the Acts with the government, so that there will be free and open discussion. The petitioners are granted permission by the apex court to implead unions, associations and organizations representing the protesting farmers. The union of protesting farmers are to be added as parties to the case as per the direction of Supreme Court and the court will hear this matter on Thursday. The CJI observed that negotiations are possible only when parties are willing to negotiate, thus asked the Solicitor General to look into an organization which is willing to negotiate and make sure that the authorities are also willing to do the same.
    There have been a bunch of pleas filed in the Supreme Court regarding the difficulties faced by locals who have to travel to work on a regular basis due to the roads and pathways being blocked by the protesters. Also, such huge gatherings may lead to an increase in the number of Covid-19 patients which would be another huge threat, thus on these grounds the petitioners have prayed that directions be issued to relevant authorities to vacate the roads and disperse protesting farmers. However, the farmer leaders have said that they will not move until the government takes back the three Acts viz. Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, against which the protest is being held for so many weeks.