The Supreme Court of India ruled on the 12th local time, suspending the implementation of the three new agricultural laws passed last September.
Previously, the new agricultural law was strongly protested by Indian farmers.
According to Al Jazeera on the 12th, Chief Justice Bald of the Supreme Court of India said at a hearing on the same day that the Supreme Court would set up a committee to hear farmers’ dissatisfaction with the new agricultural law and protect their interests.
According to previous reports, on September 20, last year, the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) passed the Agricultural Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020 and the Farmers (Authorization and Protection) Price Guarantee Agreement and Agricultural Services Act 2020, plus the previously passed Basic Business 2020.
The Product (Amendment) Act, the three new agricultural laws that deregulate crop prices, farmers say will damage their livelihoods, saying that it will only benefit large enterprises and leave farmers at the mercy of large enterprises. On the other hand, the government stressed that agricultural law reform can bring more opportunities and income to farmers.
Subsequently, India’s anti-new agricultural law protests broke out on November 26 last year.
Despite the government’s promise to revise the bill according to the needs of farmers, the two sides are still deadlocked in protest against the farmers’ insistence on the government to withdraw the plan.
So far, eight rounds of negotiations have been held between the Indian government and the protesting farmers.