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Farmers’ meeting with SC panel postponed to Jan 29 due to traffic restrictions

The SC-appointed panel was scheduled to hold a meeting with farmers today, but the meeting has been rescheduled to January 29 due to traffic restrictions after yesterday's ruckus.

UPDATED: January 27, 2021 09:11 IST

The meeting of farmers with the Supreme Court-appointed committee which was scheduled to take place today has been rescheduled to January 29 due to the traffic restrictions after violence broke out during protests on Tuesday.

The committee had held its first meeting with farmers Associations from 8 states on January 21. Had also invited several other farmers/stakeholder associations for a meeting today.

Appointed by a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by CJI AS Bobde, the committee has invited farmers’ representatives for talks on January 21. The committee held its first meeting on Tuesday at Pusa campus in New Delhi to chart a future course of action.

The apex court had initially set up a four-member Committee of Agriculture experts and activists, but Bhupinder Singh Mann, former President of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) declared that he would not be a part of the proceedings. The three remaining members- Ashok Gulati, former Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, Pramod Kumar Joshi, Director Agriculture Food Policy Research Institute, and Anil Ghanwat of the Shetkari Sangathan Maharashtra have asserted that they do not belong to any political party or government body.

“Those who want to come and meet us physically can come here. Others can join via video conferencing,” said the Committee. A web portal is also being created by the government for all stakeholders who are unable to come to Delhi to give their suggestions and opinions.

SC-appointed panel member Pramod Kumar Joshi said the objective of the committee is to ensure the benefit of the farmers. “We have considered how the committee will work,” he said.

In a press conference, the Committee admitted that getting agitating farmers’ union to talk would be its “greatest challenge”. Members also said they will hold consultations with APMC mandi associations, millers, agribusiness organisations and others, and representatives of the central and state governments.

 

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