On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India ordered an indefinite stay over the enforcement of new agricultural laws that have fuelled widespread farmers’ demonstrations, saying it would set up a panel to hear their objections.
Tens of thousands of farmers have been camping out on the outskirts of New Delhi, the capital, for more than a month to oppose reform initiatives that they say favour big private buyers and hurt growers.
During a hearing, Chief Justice Sharad Bobde said the Supreme Court would create a tribunal to hear the complaints of the farmers.
He said, ordering the stay for an unspecified time on the laws passed in September, “We have the power to make a committee and the committee can give us the report.”
“We’re going to protect farmers.”
There were no further specific data.
India claims the laws are targeted at modernising an old-fashioned agricultural system that is marred by pollution and supply chain bottlenecks.
But farm leaders are demanding that the act be abolished, which they believe is an effort to erode a long-standing system that assures farmers a guaranteed support price for their crops.
There was no question of such a rollback, the government has claimed, and eight rounds of talks have failed to find common ground. Next Friday, the two sides are expected to meet.