New Delhi: Farmers’ unions opposing the new farm laws did not recognize the committee appointed by the Supreme Court to break the deadlock on Tuesday and said that they would not appear before the committee and call their movement will continue. Addressing a press conference on Singhu Border, Farmer Leaders claimed that the members of the committee constituted by the apex court are “pro-government”.
The Supreme Court earlier prohibited the enforcement of controversial agricultural laws till further orders and formed a four-member committee to end the deadlock between agitating farmers’ organizations over the law on the boundaries of the Center and Delhi. Farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal said in a press conference, “The members of the committee constituted by the Supreme Court are not credible because they have been writing that the agricultural law is in the interest of the farmers.” We will continue our movement. “
Organizations said – we are against the committee
The farmer leader said that the organizations never demanded that the Supreme Court set up a committee to end the deadlock over the law and alleged that the central government was behind it. He said, “We are against the committee in principle. This is the government’s way of distracting the performance. “
Farmer leaders said that the Supreme Court can withdraw agricultural laws by taking suo motu cognizance.
Another farmer leader Darshan Singh said that he would not appear before any committee. He said that Parliament should discuss the issue and resolve it. He said, “We don’t want any external committee. “
However, farmer leaders said that they would attend a meeting with the government on 15 January.
These are the members of the committee
The four-member committee set up by the Supreme Court includes BKU President Bhupinder Singh Mann, Shetkari Sangathan (Maharashtra) President Anil Ghanawat, International Food Policy Research Institute South Asia Director Pramod Kumar Joshi and agricultural economist Ashok Gulati.
The apex court has asked the protesting farmers to cooperate and clarified that no power can stop it from setting up a committee to resolve the deadlock over the controversial agricultural laws. Farmers from different parts of the country, including Haryana and Punjab, have been demonstrating at different borders of Delhi since 28 November last year and are demanding withdrawal of all three laws and a statutory guarantee of minimum support price for their crops.