Chhattisgarh state government has decided to legally challenge the Centre's farm reform laws in the Supreme Court on the grounds that they infringed on a state subject. The opposition-ruled state will become the first state to take the matter to the court.
The state will submit its appeal on the ground that the Centre has framed laws on agriculture, a state subject in its Constitution.
• Chhattisgarh would be the first state to legally challenge the Centre’s farm laws that have triggered farmers' protests across Haryana, Punjab and western Uttar Pradesh.
• The state is planning to approach the top court with the appeal that the trade is of agricultural produce and the Centre has practically rendered useless the state’s marketing machinery and the way their produce was being sold. The state is also going to appeal against the way the centre used a backchannel to push the bills.
• Besides this, the state will also bring in separate notifications and legislation to negate the impact of the central farm laws. The separate legislation will make it essential for every trader to declare how much of what produce he is stocking and how much has been traded. This will keep a check on hoarding.