In an order issued Tuesday, the court said the decision to suspend the law. “It may calm farmers’ feelings of pain and encourage them to come to the negotiating table with confidence and honesty.”
The law was first passed in September. For decades, the Indian government has offered farmers guaranteed prices for certain crops, giving them long-term reassurance that allows them to invest for the next crop cycle. The new law, initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, instead allows farmers to sell their products to anyone at any price – giving them more freedom to do things like sell directly to buyers and sell to other states. Any
But farmers argued that the new rules would make them worse by making it easier for companies to take advantage of agricultural workers and help big companies cut prices, while farmers could sell their crops at higher prices if the demand for them. Want to be there? On the other hand, they may struggle to get the lowest prices over the years when there is too much market supply.
More than 100,000 people have protested the law since late November.
There are many days of sitting across New Delhi’s three borders. Farmers temporarily blocked roads and camped, some lay on the road or in their tractors. They came from various states to join a number of protests, sometimes clashing with police.
Throughout the government, there have been more than 30 to eight rounds of talks with farmers’ union leaders who are against the law. But the negotiations went nowhere.
The impasse told the Supreme Court to suspend the law on Tuesday and ordered the establishment of a four-member mediation committee to help the two negotiate in the The mediation committee must meet within 10 days and submit the first report within two months of that meeting as directed.
The court also said on Tuesday the minimum price protection would remain until further decree, one of the main points of the conflict between the government and farmers. Under court order “Farmers are prohibited from being occupied or disqualified as a result of any action under the Farm Laws”.
However, an umbrella group representing the Samyukt Kisan Morcha farmer union has repeatedly said it would not participate in court-appointed mediation – and reiterated the issue after new orders were issued.
“This is the detriment of the government that they want to relieve the pressure from their shoulders, so they are asking this Supreme Court committee, which we disagree with,” farmer’s leader Balbir Singh Rajewal said at a press conference Tuesday ready. Add that Members of the committee are all in support of the government.
The attorney general representing the government in the matter also criticized the Supreme Court’s order, saying they Any “strong objection” is in the interim.
The law is highly controversial as agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for approximately 58% of India’s 1.3 billion people, and farmers have argued for years to achieve minimum guaranteed prices. They’re the largest voter group in the country, making agriculture a major political issue.