“Since we had already expressed our concerns on those suggestions during different rounds of talks, we did not respond (to the December 9 draft proposals) in writing,” Pal said in his email to agriculture ministry’s joint secretary Vivek Aggarwal.
Farmers’ representatives said the SC’s intervention was a moral victory for them but they would continue their agitation on Delhi’s borders till the three farm laws were withdrawn — a demand which has led to an impasse as the Centre is not willing to repeal the laws. They said forming a committee would be fruitful only if the laws were revoked and representatives of all national and regional farm organisations were represented.
They are expected to submit their response to the SC on Thursday, explaining how the central laws will have an adverse impact on farmers’ livelihood.
“Farmers’ unions had rejected the government’s proposal to form a committee on December 1. What will the SC-monitored committee do if the government is not willing to repeal the three farm laws? Our agitation will continue until the Centre agrees to our core demand,” Avik Saha, national working group member of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), told TOI.
The AIKSCC’s working group has decided to go ahead with its scheduled “Shraddhanjali Diwas” (homage day) on December 20 from 11am to 1pm in every village in memory of those who died during the agitation in the past three weeks.
“The SC can and must decide on the constitutionality of the three farm acts. But it is not for the judiciary to decide the feasibility and desirability of these laws. That’s between farmers and their elected leaders. The SC-monitored negotiation will be a wrong path,” tweeted Yogendra Yadav, another national working group member of the AIKSCC.
Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, in a virtual address on the occasion of Assocham’s foundation week, had insisted that a large number of farmers had come out in support of the new laws. “A few organisations are involved in the protest movement. There will, however, be a solution to it through discussion,” he said.