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India puts three contentious farm laws on hold following nationwide protests

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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India's Supreme Court has put three contentious farm laws on hold until further notice, after months of massive nationwide protests by farmers who say their livelihoods are at stake.

New Delhi (CNN)India's Supreme Court has put three contentious farm laws on hold until further notice, after months of massive nationwide protests by farmers who say their livelihoods are at stake.

In an order issued Tuesday, the court said that the decision to suspend the laws "may assuage the hurt feelings of the farmers and encourage them to come to the negotiating table with confidence and good faith. "

The new laws, initiated by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, instead allowed farmers to sell their goods to anyone for any price -- giving them more freedom to do things such as sell directly to buyers and sell to other states.

The court also said on Tuesday that the minimum support price protection would be maintained until further orders -- one of the primary points of friction between the government and farmers.

Under the court order, "no farmer shall be dispossessed or deprived of his title as a result of any action taken under the Farm Laws. "

However, the umbrella group representing farmers' unions, Samyukt Kisan Morcha, has repeatedly said it would not participate in any court-appointed mediation -- and reiterated this point after the new order was issued.

"This is the mischief of the government that they want to relieve pressure from their shoulders so they have asked for this Supreme Court committee, to which we are opposed," farmers' leader Balbir Singh Rajewal said at a news conference on Tuesday, adding that the committee members are all pro-government.

The laws have been so contentious because agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for about 58% of India's 1. 3 billion population, and farmers have been arguing for years to get the minimum guaranteed prices increased.

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