A member of the Supreme Court-appointed panel on farm laws has written to Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, seeking that a report submitted on the issue be made public. The panel had submitted its report in March this year. "I feel that the report has not been given any attention by the Hon'ble Supreme Court," wrote Anil Ghanwat, who was nominated to represent the farming community in the committee.
Mr Ghanwat's letter comes amid an escalation of the long agitation by farmers following police violence on a group of protesters in Haryana's Karnal.
The area is bracing for a face-off between the farmers and the administration today. In a bid to avert a mega-meet planned by farmers, the administration has imposed prohibitory orders banning large gatherings. But the farmers are not ready to give up and the entire area has been placed under a security blanket.
In January this year, the top court had suspended the implementation of the three farm laws that set off protests across the country, and formed the committee to report on the laws.
"As a member of the Committee, especially representing the farmers' community, I am pained that the issue raised by the farmers aren't yet resolved and the agitation is continuing," wrote Mr Ghanwat, who is a member of the farmers' group Shetkari Sanghatana.
The committee, he said, had incorporated opinions and suggestions from all stakeholders and the report has addressed "all apprehensions of the farmers".
"The Committee was confident that the recommendations will pave the way to resolve the on-going farmers' agitation," he added, seeking a public debate on the report.
"I am humbly pleading to the Hon'ble Supreme Court to kindly release the report for implementations of its recommendations for peaceful resolution of the stalemate to the farmers' satisfaction at the earliest," he added.
The umbrella group of farmers, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha which is spearheading the farmers' agitation against the centre's three farm laws, gave the call for today's protests.
Besides cancellation of the laws, they also seek a police case against an IAS officer in Karnal, who ordered the police to "crack" the heads of protesters. Ten people were injured in the violence that followed on August 28.