2020 Indian Farmers Protest News Update: The Supreme Court-appointed committee today started its consultation process and interacted with 10 farmer organisations from eight states, including Uttar Pradesh. In a statement, the committee said that the interaction was held through video conference with various farmer unions and associations. Among the farmer organisations that participated in the discussion were from Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharasthra, Odisha, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
“The farmers’ unions participated in the discussion and gave their frank opinion including suggestions to improve the implementation of Acts,” the statement said. The participating farmer bodies were asked to give their views on the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The Centre has yielded some ground to end the months-long farmers protest on the borders of Delhi. In its tenth round of talks with the heads of farm unions, the government offered to put the three recently enacted farm laws on hold for 1.5 years and set up a committee to find a resolution to the issues raised by farmers. The Centre has also proposed to set up a committee on minimum support price (MSP).