Farmers will not appear before the panel

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Farmer unions protesting against the new agriculture laws disapproved of the Supreme Court appointed committee to break the deadlock over the acts, and said they will not appear before the panel and continue their agitation.

The farmer Union leaders claimed the members of the committee formed by the top court are “pro-government”.

The Supreme Court earlier in the day stayed the implementation of the controversial farm laws till further orders and set up a four-member committee to resolve the impasse between the Centre and the farmer unions protesting at Delhi’s borders over the legislations.

“The members of the SC-appointed committee are not dependable as they have been writing on how agri laws are pro-farmer. We will continue our agitation,” farmer leader Balbeer Singh Rajewal told the press conference.

“We are against the committee on principle. It is the government’s way to distract attention from the protest,” he said.

The farmer leaders said the Supreme Court can repeal the farm laws suo motu.

However, the farmer leaders said they would attend the January 15 meeting with the government.

BKU president Bhupinder Singh Mann, Shetkeri Sangathana (Maharashtra) president Anil Ghanwat, South Asia Director for International Food Policy Research Institute Pramod Kumar Joshi, and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati are the 4 members of the committee.