NHRC notice to four States over impact of farmers’ protest

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notice to four states on September 14, 2021, over complaints by industrial units and transportation affected by farmers’ protect at Delhi border.

Highlights

  • Notice was issued to Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan governments.
  • NHRC issued this notice following several complaints received by about 9000 industrial units and transportation, that have been affected by protest.
  • Notice was issued to the Chief Secretaries and heads of police of four States.
  • Panel has also asked the Institute of Economic Growth to study the adverse impact of this protest on industries, commercial activity, transport and consumers. Its report has to be submitted by October 10.

Farmers’ protest

It is an ongoing protest by farmers against three farm acts that were passed by the Parliament of India in September 2020. Farmers, farmer unions and their representatives are demanding to repeal these laws. Supreme court also put stay on the implementation of farm laws in January 2021. Farmer leaders also rejected government proposal of suspending these laws for 18 months. Since the passing of these acts, eleven rounds of talks have taken place between central government and farm unions. However, all meetings were inconclusive as government only agreed to two demands by farmers related to stubble burning and an electricity ordinance.

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)

NHRC is a Statutory public body, established on October 12, 1993 under the Protection of Human Rights Ordinance of September 1993. It received a statutory status by Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. It is responsible for protection and promotion of human rights.

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