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86% of the farmers supported the three farm laws: SC appointed panel

The Supreme Court-appointed expert committee's report reveals that a majority – 85.7 percent of stakeholders were in favour of the now-repealed farm laws, while only 13.3 per cent were against it.
The Apex court appointed the committee in January 2020. The committee consisted of agricultural economists, namely Anil Ghanvat, Ashok Gulati, and Pramod Joshi.

Farmer leader Bhupinder Singh Mann was initially a part of the committee, but resigned later.

The panel in its report said it interacted with 73 organisations, representing almost 38.3 million farmers. Around 86 per cent of them fully supported the Acts, while four groups, representing around 5.1 million did not do so.

Other seven organisations, representing 3,60,000 farmers supported the Acts with some modification.

That apart, the panel invited comments. It received 19,027 representations and suggestions. Two-thirds of respondents there supported the Acts. The panel said the committee studied the farm laws, and had a bilateral discussion with various stakeholders. It submitted the detailed 92-page report on three farms laws of the Narendra Modi Government to the Supreme Court.

The court, however, did not make this report public, but Anil Ghanwat, leader of a farmers' union, decided to make it public for the larger interest of the farmers.

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