Supreme Court-appointed panel was against repealing 3 farm laws [21.3.2022]

Supreme Court-appointed panel was against repealing 3 farm laws

New Delhi, 21.2.2022, Monday

A Supreme Court-appointed panel to study the three farm laws, which was scrapped by Parliament in November last year, had recommended that the three legislations should not be repealed saying they would be beneficial to farmers.

The report, which was submitted to the apex court on March 19, 2021, was made public on Monday.

The three-member committee had also suggested many changes in the laws, including giving freedom to states to make Minimum Support Price (MSP) system legal.

Anil Ghanwat, one of the members of the panel, released the findings of the report at a press conference in the national capital.

"On March 19, 2021, we submitted the report to the Supreme Court. We wrote letters to the apex court three times requesting it to release the report. But we did not get any response," Ghanwat, who is the president of Swatantra Bharat Party, said.

"I am releasing this report today. The three laws have been repealed. So there is no relevance now," he said.

According to him, the report would help in making policies for the agriculture sector in future.

Ghanwat said the committee had said in its report that a "repeal or a long suspension of these laws would be unfair to the silent majority who support the farm laws".

Out of the 73 farmer organisations that made submissions to the committee, 61 representing 3.3 crore farmers supported the farm laws, he noted.

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