Headlines December 12, 2020
Farmers union moves Supreme Court to scrap farm laws
The controversial farm bills becomes one of the most discussed topic internationally. Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) filed a petition in Supreme Court asking it to scrap all the three farm bills introduced by central government in parliament during their last monsoon session. BKU argued that the laws are arbitrary and will make farmers vulnerable to corporate greed.
The union whose president is Bhanu Pratap Singh stated that the laws were passed without adequate discussion. The three Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance & Farm Services Act. 2020, Farmer’s Produce Trade & Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 were challenged by the union. The application was filed through advocate AP Singh.
As farmer protests are intensifying in the national capital, central government is not ready to scrap the laws as per demand of farmers. Instead, they said amendments can be made to which farmers have not agreed. Though meetings were held between government and farmer representatives, nothing substantial came out yet.
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