The Supreme Court-appointed panel's report revealed that around 85.7 per cent of the farmer organisations representing around 3.3 crore farmers supported the now-repealed farm laws.
The 92-page report was released by Anil Ghanwat in New Delhi on Monday. The report was made public for the first time since it was submitted to the top court a year ago. Ghanwat was one of the three members of the committee. Two other members of the committee are - agricultural economists Ashok Gulati and Dr Parmod Kumar Joshi.
It may be noted that several months before the Centre repealed the three controversial farm laws, the committee had recommended against their withdrawal. The committee stressed that a “majority” farm unions support the farm laws and “a repeal or a long suspension” would be “unfair”.
The country witnessed a massive year-long protest against the three farm laws. The protests against the laws first began in Punjab in October 2020 and later, spread to several States including Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan.
In wake of full-blown political uprising against the Modi government, both the Houses of Parliament passed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill 2021 to annul the laws enacted in September 2020.
As the several rounds of talks between the government and farmer unions failed to come to a consensus, the apex court stayed the implementation of three farm laws to liberalise farm produce.
On November 19, 2021, PM Narendra Modi, during a nationally televised address, said his government would withdraw the three laws - Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.