A Congress MP from Kerala moved the Supreme Court on Monday difficult the constitutional validity of varied provisions of the contentious new farm Act.
TN Prathapan, who represents Thrissur Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala, has alleged that the Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 is violative of Article 14 (proper to equality), 15 (prohibition of discrimination) and 21 (proper to life and liberty) of the Constitution.
He stated the legislation, which was accorded presidential assent on Sunday, is “liable to be struck down as unconstitutional, illegal and void”.
As per the federal government, the brand new legislation intends to offer a nationwide framework for the farming agreements to guard and empower farmers as they have interaction with agri-business and meals processing corporations, wholesalers, exporters and huge retailers for farm providers and sale of produce at a remunerative worth framework in a good and clear method.
Mr Prathapan, within the plea filed by way of lawyer James P Thomas, stated: “Indian Agriculture is characterised by fragmentation due to small holdings and has certain inherent weaknesses beyond control such as dependence on weather, uncertainties in production and an unpredictable market. This makes agriculture risky and inefficient in respect of both input and output management.”
It stated the challenges confronted by farmers reminiscent of dependence on climate, can’t be addressed by monetisation of the produce to extend their revenue, as an alternative strengthening the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) system by infusing extra capital and efficient administration of Minimum Support Price.
“The number of farmers that the Centre assumed for calculating the cost of PM-Kisan scheme is from the Agriculture Census of 2015-16, which had put the number of operational agriculture landholdings in the country at 14.5 crore.
“The matter is of considerable public curiosity and is emergent as there may be want for hanging down legal guidelines which violate the rights of the 14.5 crore residents who’re engaged in farming earlier than severe monetary harm is brought on to them and the households of such individuals,” it stated.
The petition challenged constitutionality of varied Sections of the farm legislation.
Some elements of the nation have been witnessing farmer protests on the problem.