Union agriculture minister Narendra Tomar today said most farmers are in favour of the farm laws and there are plans to hold a discussion on this on Tuesday. The laws were put on hold by the Supreme Court earlier this week amid a 50-day protest by farmers at the borders of Delhi. The court had also formed a committee of agricultural experts to deal with the issue.
The first meeting of the committee is on January 19, news agency Press Trust of India had reported quoting panel member Anil Ghanwat.
“Most of the farmers and experts are in favour of farm laws. After Supreme Court’s order, the laws can’t be implemented. Now we expect that farmers discuss the laws clause-wise on January 19 and tell the government what they want other than the repeal of the laws,” Narendra Tomar was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
The government, he said, had sent a proposal to the farmers “in which we agreed to address their apprehensions regarding mandis, traders’ registration and other things,”
The government, he said, had also agreed to discuss the laws on stubble burning and electricity but the farmers’ unions only want repeal of the laws, Mr Tomar said.