New Delhi: Agitating farmer unions Tuesday disapproved of the committee appointed by the Supreme Court to break the deadlock over the farm laws. The farmer unions said they will continue their protest against the three legislations. Addressing a press conference at Singhu Border here, farmer union leaders claimed the members of the committee are ‘pro-government’. They asserted they will not appear before it.
The Supreme Court earlier in the day stayed the implementation of the controversial farm laws till further orders. It set up a four-member committee to resolve the impasse between the Centre and the farmer unions.
“The members of the SC-appointed committee are not dependable. They have been writing on how agri laws are pro-farmer. We will continue our agitation,” farmer leader Balbeer Singh Rajewal said.
The farmer leader said that unions never demanded the apex court form a committee to resolve the impasse over the laws. He alleged the Central government is behind these developments. “We are against the committee on principle. It is the government’s way to distract attention from the protest, Rajewal asserted.
Other farmer leaders said the Supreme Court can repeal the farm laws suo motu.
Another farmer leader Darshan Singh said they will not appear before any committee. He added Parliament should discuss and resolve this issue. “We don’t want any external committee,” he said.
However, the farmer leaders said they would attend the January 15 meeting with the government.
The four members of the committee are BKU president Bhupinder Singh Mann, Shetkeri Sangathana (Maharashtra) president Anil Ghanwat, South Asia Director for International Food Policy Research Institute Pramod Kumar Joshi, and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati.
During the hearing, the top court sought the cooperation of the protesting farmers and made it clear that no power can prevent it from setting up a committee to resolve the impasse.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Haryana and Punjab, have been protesting at several border points of Delhi since November 28 last year, demanding a repeal of the three laws and a legal guarantee to the minimum support price (MSP) system for their crops.