The court, however, did not provide details as to how it selected the committee experts. The farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, who have been sitting at protest since November 25 previous year, have been demanding a complete repeal of the three farm laws promulgated by the Centre, fearing that they would lead to the abolishment of the minimum support price (MSP) guaranteed by the government on select crops and would leave them at the mercy of big corporates.
Farmers protesting at Delhi borders said they will burn copies of Centre's new agriculture laws at all demonstration sites on the festival of Lohri on Wednesday, as a mark of protest against the legislations.
They want the Modi government to withdraw three laws passed last September - the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. "It is a question of farmers' existence", he said.
"This was a precautionary measure we took in view of yesterday's hearings where there was talk of a committee".
The bench outrightly said that the union of India failed to end the deadlock.
Chief Justice SA Bobde said, "These are matters of life and death".
The member of the Supreme Court-nominated committee added that the farmers need to be assured that "whatever is happening is in their interest". But it urged the farmers to "get back to their livelihood, both in order to protect their own lives and health and in order to protect the lives and properties of others". We are trying to solve the problem in the best way.
(LtoR) Bhupinder Singh Mann, Parmod Kumar Joshi, Ashok Gulati and Anil Ghanwat. A detailed verdict will be out later today.
At one point, advocate ML Sharma, appearing for protesting farmers, said they want Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be a part of the discussion.
"Though we appreciate the aforesaid submission of the Attorney General, this court can not be said to be completely powerless to grant stay of any executive action under a statutory enactment". "He is not a party here", responded CJI Bobde.
Farmers including women under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee held a protest at Pandherkalan village in Amritsar.
During a virtual hearing on Monday, Bobde said that the impasse between the two sides was causing distress to farmers, and that the situation at the protest sites was only getting worse.
He suggested that they can stage the agitation at Ramleela Maidan or even the Boat Club Area.
Noting that the negotiations between the farmers' bodies and the government have not yielded any result so far, the court said, "We are of the view that the constitution of a committee of experts in the field of agriculture to negotiate between the farmers' bodies and the Government of India may create a congenial atmosphere and improve the trust and confidence of the farmers".
December 5, 2020: The second round of talks between farmers and the Centre also remained inconclusive.