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Center to Appoint Panel to Investigate Farmers’ Problems, Suggestions by Anna Hazare | India News


NEW DELHI: Amid farmers’ determination to continue their agitation, the Center has decided to establish a high-powered committee to investigate various agricultural issues, including the comprehensive cost-based minimum support price (MSP), outlined by the social activist Anna Hazare.
The decision to establish the committee, led by Tomar, was made hastily to prevent Hazare from following his scheduled fast. Hazare, in solidarity with farmers mobilizing for the repeal of farm laws, announced that his fast would begin on Saturday. However, late on Friday he canceled it after the Center rushed to bring Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis to his village, Ralegan Siddhi, and assured him that it would establish a panel to examine their claims.

Ministry sources said the committee would be comprised of Ramesh Chand, a member of Niti Aayog, Parshottam Rupala from MoS Agriculture, Vijay Sardana, an expert in agricultural trade law and policy, a progressive farmer from Haryana and Padma Shri recipient Kanwal Singh Chauhan, and representatives of the farmers. Hazare had previously written to the ministry, listing pending lawsuits, including autonomy to the Commission on Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) and MSP based on comprehensive cost (C2), as recommended by MS Swaminathan’s committee as reasons to join. to the protests of the farmers. through fasting.

The committee, headed by agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, will finalize its recommendations in six months, including as Prime Minister Modi during the all-party meeting on Saturday referred to proposals by the agriculture ministry to suspend implementation of the agricultural laws for 18 months and creation of a joint committee to advance by discussing all the demands of farmers during the period.
However, the unions rejected the proposals, saying they would not end the protests until the farm laws are repealed. Choudhary said that while the Center had already implemented several of Hazare’s suggestions that the latter had previously written about, the high-powered committee would examine outstanding issues in consultations with farmer representatives.

“The names of the farmer representatives for the panel will be finalized in consultation with Hazare,” an official said, adding that a deputy secretary from each of the ministries of agriculture, trade and food and consumer affairs would also be at the meeting. panel.
He said this committee would work separately from the panel appointed by the Supreme Court, which is expected to present its report to the higher court within two months after hearing the views of various stakeholders, including individual farmers and the state government.

Times of India