Farm leader Anil Ghanwat, who is a member of the special committee appointed by the Supreme Court to study the now repealed three farm laws, has declared that he will make the report public as no decision has been made regarding it by either by the apex court or the government. Ghanwat, who was addressing the media in Pune on Monday, said most of the respondents have supported the farm laws.
Last January, the court had appointed a four-member committee to study the three farm laws and also engage with stakeholders on the same. The court had taken this decision while hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the three farm laws, which were passed by the Parliament in 2020. Besides Ghanwat, agriculture economists Ashok Gulati, Pramod Joshi and Bhupinder Singh Mann, president of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), were the other members. Mann had recused himself from the committee, which submitted its report in March 2021.
The central government repealed the three laws during the winter session of the Parliament in 2021.
Ghanwat, who is the president of the Shetkari Sanghatana, had earlier appealed to the government and Supreme Court to make the report public. On Monday, Ghanwat said he has decided to make the report public at an appropriate time. “…I will make the report public at an appropriate time to inform policymakers and farmers particularly, since an overwhelming majority of the submissions the committee received were supportive of the now repealed laws,” Ghanwat said in a press statement. Ghanwat indicated he would make the report public after the Uttar Pradesh elections.
Ghanwat also said he would celebrate February 17, 2022 as Feed India campaign to press for the introduction of genetically modified (GM) seeds. Taking a stance against the government’s support for Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF), Ghanwat said it was unscientific and would push the farm sector into penury.