Highlights:

  • National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued a notice to the Centre and the Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan government
  • The three farm laws opened the agriculture sector to the private organizations of the country
  • NHRC has also asked the Delhi School of Social Works of Delhi University to carry out a survey and examine the disruption of livelihood, lives of people impacted due to the agitation

On Tuesday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued a notice to the Centre and the Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan government over complaints claiming that ongoing farmers’ protests have severely affected industries and adversely impacted commuters. It further enquired for action taken reports from chief secretaries of the respective state governments, director-general of police and commissioner of police.

The NHRC noted, “There are allegations of adverse impact on the industrial units, seriously affecting more than 9000 micro, medium and large companies. Allegedly transportation is also adversely impacted, causing the commuters, patients, physically challenged people, and senior citizens to suffer due to heavy congestion on roads.”

NHRC further took recognition of reports that noted people have to travel long distances to reach their destination due to the barricades that have been put on the borders. It noted, “Since the agitation involves the issue of human rights, the right to agitate in a peaceful manner is also respected. The commission needs to take care of various human rights issues.”

Following the introduction of three central farm laws in September 2020, the farmers from Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan commenced their protest against the laws in November claiming that it destroys a longstanding mechanism that ensures farmers a minimum guaranteed price for their produce. However, on the other hand, the government asserts that it will help growers obtain better prices. The three farm laws opened the agriculture sector to the private organizations of the country.

In these past months, the Union government has held multiple rounds of talks but they have failed to bring forth any resolution to the impasse, as the farmers continue to remain rigid on their demand to repeal the farm laws.

Meanwhile, the NHRC has directed the Institute of Economic Growth to review the adverse impact of the farmers’ agitation on industrial and commercial activities, production and disruption of transport services on commercial and normal consumers that involve inconvenience and additional expenditure, etc. The Institute has sought a deadline of October 10 to present the report.

Furthermore, the NHRC has also asked the Delhi School of Social Works of Delhi University to carry out a survey and examine the disruption of livelihood, lives of people impacted due to the agitation.

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