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April 20, 2021

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Niti Aayog member sparks farm income debate

Niti Aayog member sparks farm revenue debate

Amid ongoing standoff over the agri legal guidelines, a Niti Aayog member’s remarks that the goal of doubling farmers’ revenue by 2022 is not going to be fulfilled if the three new legislations should not applied instantly, has sparked a recent debate.
Farmers and farm specialists termed the assertion as an excuse to guard the central authorities — which had introduced in 2017-18 its goal to double farmers’ revenue by 2022 — and requested how these legal guidelines can double their revenue when there isn’t a provision of even assured Minimal Assist Worth (MSP) in these legal guidelines.
The talk started when Niti Aayog member Ramesh Chand, stated, “I’ll say that if these three farm legal guidelines should not adopted instantly, then I don’t see that purpose (of doubling farmers’ revenue by 2022) getting fulfilled”.
He was replying to a query on whether or not the federal government continues to be assured of doubling farm revenue by 2022.
Professional on farm points and retired economics professor from Punjabi College Patiala Professor Gian Singh stated that even when these legal guidelines are applied right this moment, they will by no means double farmers’ revenue by 2022. “These legal guidelines lay extra stress on privatisation and personal mandis. Can the non-public participant pay farmers a lot that their revenue could be doubled?” he requested.
He additional stated that per capita revenue of a farmer’s household was Rs 54 per day in 2015-16 and even whether it is elevated to double, that’s Rs 108 per capita, it can not meet their fundamental wants together with meals, shelter, schooling, well being and so forth.

“The pandemic has additionally proved {that a} human being can survive with out vehicles, airplanes, huge homes however can not survive with out meals. Authorities should realise the contribution of farmers and may severely do one thing to extend their revenue somewhat implementing these legal guidelines which don’t have any assure of even getting a worth equal to the present MSP,” stated Prof Gian Singh, including that throughout the pandemic, India and significantly Punjab farmers have procured file paddy and even India has exported extra rice this yr to different international locations.
“However our authorities, as an alternative of rewarding them, is punishing them by operating from authorities buy.To double their revenue we want a farmer-friendly mannequin not the corporate-friendly mannequin,” he added.
“In Punjab, wheat and paddy are the 2 major crops that are procured at MSP by the federal government and now the federal government is operating from it giving a number of excuses within the identify of direct fee, offering land file of the farmers and so forth. When round 68 per cent farmers have lower than 5 acres and authorities is operating from MSP buy, how these legal guidelines can double the revenue of farmers?” requested Jagmohan Singh, basic secretary, Bharti Kisan Union (Dakaunda).
“We had size and breadth discussions on each clause of those legal guidelines with the federal government however authorities couldn’t clarify how the revenue of farmers could be enhanced by adopting these legal guidelines when authorities has no management on non-public gamers,” he stated, including that farmers’ revenue could be elevated provided that the MSP of each crop is given as per suggestions of the Swaminathan report.
“Our demand for authorized standing of MSP for each crop is barely as a result of that is the one approach to double farmers’ revenue,” he stated.

One other knowledgeable from Punjab Agriculture College (PAU) Ludhiana, stated that the Ramesh Chand committee 2014-15 had a number of good suggestions in accordance with which he had really helpful MSP of the crops, however as per these three legal guidelines the federal government shouldn’t be speaking about MSP, however about non-public mandis and gamers, which imply minimising the federal government buy which might lead to no buy at MSP.
“The Niti Aayog member is pondering from the perspective of the non-public gamers, not from the farmers’ perspective and assuming that personal gamers are paying rather more to the farmers than the federal government’s worth. How can issues be assumed when everyone seems to be conscious {that a} businessman (non-public gamers) is rather more apprehensive about his personal revenue not concerning the welfare of the farmers?”
“Solely the state can take into consideration the welfare of farmers however the state is operating from its accountability,” stated BKU (Ugrahan) Common Secretary, Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan.
“If the federal government is saying it needs to double the revenue of farmers, it ought to take such steps, not the steps it has taken within the type of these three legal guidelines that are extra appropriate to personal gamers,” he added.
“The lives of small and marginal farmers are already in a depressing state and now these legal guidelines will push them additional into extra poverty as they aren’t ready to cut price with non-public gamers and promote their crop going one place to a different,” stated Kokrikalan, and requested whether or not the Niti Aayog member persuade farmers in layman language how these legal guidelines would double their revenue.
“Can he quote even a single such mannequin the place small and marginal farmers are incomes a decent revenue with out the help of the federal government,” he requested.