A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Supreme Court amid the ongoing agitation against the new agricultural laws. It appeals to the central and state governments to publish a draft of the law on government websites and the public domain at least 60 days before the bill is introduced in Parliament or the Assembly and direct the people to take feedback.
BJP leader and lawyer Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay has told the Supreme Court that in the meeting of the committee of secretaries under the chairmanship of the cabinet secretary, decisions were taken on the pre-legislative consultation policy so that the public opinion and feedback on the proposed law Can be taken and debated on it.
The petition said that a rigorous public debate on the law for two months would give the executive an opportunity to analyze every aspect and the lawmakers would be able to give better suggestions when the law is debated in Parliament.
After this, the new draft should be published in newspapers in all regional languages, so that the suggestions received from all sections can be considered. By doing so, the law will be flawed and democratically accepted.
The petitioner states that such an exercise will not lead to the filing of petitions challenging the law as the court may ask the petitioner why it had not given its suggestion to the government.
He says that by doing so the process of law-making will be more effective and transparent. This will further strengthen democracy and reduce public interest petitions.
He cited three agricultural laws passed a few months ago and said that there are misunderstanding and confusion among farmers regarding these laws. He claims that since the draft law was not widely consulted and not published, there is a misunderstanding among farmers. This is why farmers are protesting.