SC panel on farm laws not far-sighted move: Experts

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has stayed the implementation of the three farm laws and set up a four-member committee to examine the grievances of the farmers, but in legal experts’ opinion, the move to form the expert panel to resolve the impasse is not “far-sighted”.

The apex court, in its order, said: “The representatives of all the farmers’ bodies, whether they are holding a protest or not and whether they support or oppose the laws shall participate in the deliberations of the Committee and put forth their viewpoints.”

However, the farmers unions have already rejected the top court move for a court-appointed committee to resolve the situation and stressed they won’t appear before it.

Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi asked what would happen after hearing the aggrieved farmers, the committee suggested amending the laws.

“Would it have legislative powers? The Supreme Court should not have intervened and stayed the implementation of the farm laws. The procedure to constitute a committee is faulty,” he was quoted as saying in media reports.

Senior advocate Nidhesh Gupta said the farmers feel all the four members of the committee favors the farm laws. He added that in December, Bhartiya Kisan Union President Bhupinder Singh Mann met Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and expressed support for the new laws.

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