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First physical meeting of Supreme Court-appointed panel on farm laws likely on January 19: Member Ghanwat | India News

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court-appointed panel on farm laws is likely to carry its first meeting on January 19 at Pusa campus right here, one of its members Anil Ghanwat stated on Thursday and asserted the committee could have no “ego or prestige issue” if it has to go to farmers‘ protest websites to speak to them.
The panel members have been scheduled to have a digital interplay earlier within the day to debate its future course of motion, but it surely couldn’t happen after ex-MP and farmer chief Bhupinder Singh Mann recused himself from the committee.
The present members can maintain their digital interplay on Friday now, Ghanwat stated, whereas asserting that he is not going to go away the committee except requested by the apex court docket and he doesn’t count on any different member to recuse.
On January 11, the apex court docket had appointed a four-member committee to look into the brand new farm laws in opposition to which the farmers, particularly from Punjab, Haryana and elements of Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at Delhi borders for over 40 days.
The court docket had directed the committee to carry its first sitting inside 10 days and submit a report in two months.
“The first sitting will have to be held before January 20. It will be held with existing members. Most probably, the meeting will be on January 19 in Pusa campus,” Ghanwat advised in an interview.

Asked if the committee will proceed to operate with present members, he stated, “The existing three-member committee will function unless the Supreme Court gives a direction to add one more member.”
Ghanwat is the President of the Maharashtra-based farm organisation Shetkari Sanghatana.
Asked concerning the scheduled digital meeting of panel members, he stated, “Since Mann recused himself from the committee, the meeting could not take place. It can take place tomorrow.”
In the digital interplay, the panel members have been to determine about convening the primary meeting earlier than January 20 and the phrases of reference amongst others. On the likelihood of different members resigning from the panel, Ghanwat stated, “I have been appointed by the Supreme Court. Till the apex court asks me to leave, I will not leave the committee. I don’t think other members will recuse. But everyone has their own opinion and is free to act as per their will.”
On some protesting farmer unions alleging that the committee members have been all supporters of farm laws, Ghanwat stated, “I don’t know on what parameters the Supreme court has chosen us. It must have seen our track record. I respect their decision.”
He additionally thanked the protesting farmers that it was resulting from their agitation that agriculture is being mentioned at such a degree for the primary time, else farmers have been all the time taken as a right.
“Because of them, there is an opportunity to frame a good law. I feel blessed that I have got an opportunity to work,” he added.
On the federal government holding parallel talks with protesting farmers, scheduled for January 15, after the SC appointed the panel, Ghanwat stated, “I think this will be their last meeting with the government. They will say henceforth you (farmers) have to sit with the committee, which will give a report to the Supreme Court.”
Asked about protesting farmers’ unwillingness to participate within the committee proceedings, he stated, “We will go before them. We are their brothers. We have worked together in the past. We will reach out to them, sit with them and discuss the issue. There is no problem.”
He additional stated, “We are neither scared nor we will feel ashamed to go to them for talks. There is no prestige issue. I have been working my entire life for farmers’ welfare. Those sitting on protest have also sacrificed their lives for farmers’ sake. If our intention and goal is one, then there is no issue of ego or prestige.”
Asked if there can be a good listening to, he stated, “Of course. Our duty is to listen to their demands and place it before the Supreme Court. Suggestions will be given on how their demands can be met. We will try our best to satisfy them and we will not allow them to feel they have been fooled. In the course of the discussion, I am confident that protesting farmers will say — implement these laws.”

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