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SC urges to form a Centre-Farmer Panel, says talks with farmers bound to fail

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that the negotiations and the slew of talks between the farmers and the government are bound to fail. The apex court suggested the formation of a panel that includes members from the central government as well as farmers’ association from across the country. It maintained that only talks “will not work and are bound to fail again” over the controversial farm laws.

A barrage of petitions has been filed in the Supreme Court regarding the ongoing farmers protest making it inevitable for the SC to intervene.

“This will soon become a national issue and will have to be solved through negotiations,” Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said as the top court heard petitions on the farmer protests.

The government on its part assured the court that it will not do anything against the farmers, adding that dialogue will be on “clause to clause basis”.

“Different ministers talked to them. But they turned their chairs back and did not talk to them,” the government’s lawyer said.

The five meetings so far between the government and the agitating farmers failed to bring out any resolution. Even Union Home Minister Amit Shah also met the farmers.

The farmers’ unions have rejected the government’s offer to make amendments to the three new laws enacted in September. They want a complete repeal of the laws and say mere assurances on MSP will not do.

Thousands of farmers have been sitting in protests on the outskirts of Delhi since late November demanding the government to scrap the laws completely. The farmers say the new laws will eventually dismantle the country’s regulated markets and leave them at the mercy of private buyers.  

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