As soon as the name of the members of the Supreme Court appointed committee was announced, the farmers called it a committee supported by the government.
The first meeting of the committee constituted by the Supreme Court will be held today to resolve the ongoing protest on the new agricultural laws. The meeting will decide how to interact with the farmers. The committee may also take a major decision to plan ahead. The meeting will be held at Pusa Institute in Delhi.
One member has left the committee
The court set up a 4-member committee on 12 January. It included Bhupendra Singh Mann, President of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, International Policy Expert Dr. Pramod Kumar Joshi, Agriculture Economist Ashok Gulati and Anil Ghanwat of Shetkari Sanghatna, Maharashtra.
As soon as the name of the members of the committee was announced, the farmers called it a committee supported by the government. When the controversy escalated, Bhupinder Singh Mann withdrew his name. It is said that the Supreme Court can give a place to someone else in the committee instead of Bhupinder Singh Mann.
Committee member Anil Ghanwat said that if the Supreme Court does not appoint a new member then the existing members will do their work. “We have got information about what to do from the court. Accordingly, we will start work on it from 21 January. A meeting is being held on Tuesday to chalk out its strategy,” he said.
What did Bhupinder Mann say?
President of the Bharatiya Kisan Union Bhupinder Singh had said, “I was given a place in the committee of four people, I thank the Supreme Court for this. But, being a farmer and union leader, I am withdrawing from this committee, given the apprehensions of common people and farmers. I cannot compromise the interests of Punjab and farmers. For this I can sacrifice any post and will always stand with the farmers of Punjab.”