The Supreme Court in India has stopped the introduction of major agricultural reform due to farmers protests. A committee is now being set up to listen to farmers complaints. “We protect the farmers,” said Chief Justice Sharad Bobde.
Farmers in the New Delhi area have been taking the streets for over a month to demonstrate against the new laws passed by parliament last autumn. Among other things, they blocked highways to and from the capital with tractors.
The GOI wants to introduce the laws to modernise the agricultural sector. This sector is now suffering from waste and supply problems.
Determine price with customers
The protesters say that the laws are mainly in favor of large private buyers and are detrimental to them. Until now, the government has roughly fixed the prices of rice and vegetables and sold on one of the 7000 mandi, partly government-run markets. The Modi government wants farmers from now on to make deals with customers themselves and agree a price together. More than half of the Indian working population earns their money in the agricultural sector.
Talks between farmers and the government have yielded nothing. Next Friday a new round of talks will follow. By the courts decision, the laws have now been postponed indefinitely.
This is what farmers said earlier about their reason to come to the capital: