SC Stays Implementation of Farm Laws

The Supreme Court have stayed the implementation of the farm laws until its further orders.

Key Highlights

  • This decision by the supreme court came while hearing the petitions filed regarding the validity of the three farm laws.
  • Court has also ordered the formation of a four-member committee to hear the farmer’s side as well as the government side.
  • The members of this committee are –
  1. Bhupender Singh Mann, BKU
  2. Anil Ghanwant of Shetkari Sanghatana,
  3. Ashok Gulati, Agricultural Scientist and
  4. Pramod K Joshi of International Food Policy Research Institute.
  • The order was pronounced by the three-judge bench comprising of CJI SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramania.
  • While delivering the order, the court highlighted that the steps taken by the Centre to break the impasse have not yielded the desired results.
  • The court also said that it is ready to repeal the laws but not indefinitely or without purpose.

Background

  • The three farm laws that centre had passed, namely the Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance & Farm Services Act 2020, Farmers Produce Trade & Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act & Amendment to Essential Commodities Act’, were challenged as illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional laws.
  • The petitioners have argued that these laws will pave the way for cartelisation and commercialisation of the produce. This in turn would lead to the export their produce with no regulation.
  • They further argued that the laws would dismantle the Agriculture Produce Market Committee system.

Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020

This bill was introduced with the objective of regulating the supply and stock limit of certain specified agricultural produce under the extraordinary circumstances like price rise and natural calamity of grave nature.

 Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020

The Bill provides freedom to the farmer in order to involved into intra-state or inter-state trade in areas outside the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) mandis. This also prohibits taking any market fee or cess under the state APMC Acts.

Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020

This bill was introduced with the objective of creating a legal framework for contract farming in India.

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