Who is in Committee To Negotiate On Farm Laws created by Supreme Court. Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde suspended the implementation of the three farm laws until further orders on Tuesday. However, at the same time, it put the Centre in an evidently advantageous position against lakhs of protesting farmers by setting up a committee comprising only those experts who have been openly favouring the contentious legislations.
Who is committee
The four members of the SC’s committee will be celebrated pro-market agricultural economist Ashok Gulati and Pramod Kumar Joshi, along with Anil Ghanwat of Shetkari Sangathana and Bhupinder Singh Mann, leader of one of the factions of the Bharatiya Kisan Union.
Both Ghanawat and Mann have always supported private, corporate-led markets in agricultural trade – which the new farm laws seek to introduce institutionally.
Know the background of mambers
Farmer leader Bhupinder Singh Mann is the national president of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), which is part of the All India Kisan Coordination Committee. He was Rajya Sabha member from 1990-96.
Ghanwat is the current president of Shetkari Sangthana, a Maharashtra-based union founded by farmer leader Sharad Joshi. The organization has been vocal about freedom for farmers from restrictions on sale and export of produce.
Gulati is an eminent agriculture scientist and he received Padma Shri award in 2015 for his contribution in this field. He was the youngest member of the Economic Advisory Council of the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during the first NDA regime.
He is currently Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).
Pramod Kumar Joshi is the director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), New Delhi.