Thursday, March 30, 2023
ADVT 
India

Govt has abandoned its duty towards farmers in Budget 2023: SKM

Darpan News Desk IANS, 01 Feb, 2023 01:40 PM
  • Govt has abandoned its duty towards farmers in Budget 2023: SKM

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Farmers' body Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Wednesday expressed shock and bewilderment at the Union Budget 2023.

"While it is universally known that farming and farmers have been economically neglected by the BJP-led Union Government, the SKM had expected that after the sustained and determined protest of the farmers at Delhi, the party in power would appreciate the importance of the farm sector and the need to secure income and future of the rural farming community, who form the bulk of India's population. Instead, the Union Budget 2023 is the most anti-farmer budget," it said in a statement

It said that the allocation on agriculture and allied sectors has been reduced from 3.84 per cent (BE 2022) to 3.20 per cent (BE 2023) of the total budget and the allocation on rural development has also been reduced from 5.81 per cent (RE 2022) to 5.29 per cent (BE 2023) of the total budget.

"With such massive reductions, the intent of the government is clear: to squeeze out the lifeblood from farming sector and thereby the farmers of India. Union Budget 2023 also hides more than it reveals but the truth is glaring and cannot be camouflaged. Union Budget 2023 is silent on doubling farmers Income. There were no figures given in the Budget," it added.

SKM said that Union Budget 2023 is silent on the status of minimum support price (MSP) on crops as per recommendation of M.S. Swaminathan Commission and what shall be done to ensure that farmers get legal guarantee of MSP.

"While the government has irrationally resisted the demands of farmers for MSP and its guarantee, this Budget has removed even the fig-leaf with which the govt was trying to cover its meagre efforts to ensure that farmers get MSP. Flagship schemes like PM-Asha have seen a steady decline in allocation," it said.

The farmers' body claimed that the Price Support Scheme (PSS) and MIS (Market Intervention Scheme) was reduced from Rs 3,000 crore to Rs 1,500 crore in 2022 and this year it is an unimaginable Rs 10 lakh. "In effect, the govt has buried ASHA, PSS and MIS and with that the fate of farmers getting MSP has been buried."

About PM Fasal Bima Yojna, the SKM said that in 2022, the allocation was Rs 15,500 crore but this year it has been reduced to Rs.13,625 crore.

"The government is drastically hacking the allocation for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) that provides critical income support to rural workers. In 2022, the budget allocation was Rs 73,000 crore but in the face of rural joblessness and restless demand, the government was forced to spend Rs 90,000 crore. Since the general economy and especially the rural economy is still in deep crisis, it is unbelievable that the government has hacked down the allocation of MNREGS to Rs 60,000 crore, a dramatic cut of Rs 30,000 crore," it said.

SKM claimed that the Government is grandly announcing new funds like Agriculture Accelerator Fund even as earlier announcements have been forgotten and lost. "It may be recalled that the government had announced with much fanfare the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund of Rs 1 lakh crore; after 3 years it was found that only 10 per cent of this fund had been actually disbursed," it claimed.

"SKM demands that the government stops fooling farmers and seriously focuses on resolving the critical issues of farmers like legal guarantee of MSP, crop insurance, reduction of input costs and steady availability of inputs," it added.

MORE India ARTICLES

Three held in connection with J&K MLC Trilochan Singh Wazir's murder in Delhi

Three held in connection with J&K MLC Trilochan Singh Wazir's murder in Delhi

The accused were identified as Sardar Jagpal Singh, 51, Harjinder Singh Raina, 71 and Sudershan Singh Wazir, 67. Wazir is a cousin of the deceased J&K politician. The 68-year-old Wazir was found murdered in a flat in Delhi's Basai Darapur area in March, 2021. 

Three held in connection with J&K MLC Trilochan Singh Wazir's murder in Delhi

Man held at Mumbai airport with cocaine valued at Rs 33.60cr

Man held at Mumbai airport with cocaine valued at Rs 33.60cr

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Wednesday arrested an air passenger from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport here for possessing 3,360 gram cocaine valued at Rs 33.60 crore. A DRI official said that they got a specific intelligence tip off that an Indian national arriving from Addis Ababa to Mumbai by Ethiopian Airlines flight might be carrying a narcotic substance.

Man held at Mumbai airport with cocaine valued at Rs 33.60cr

2020 Delhi riots: Court acquits nine accused

2020 Delhi riots: Court acquits nine accused

They are accused of setting a shop and house on fire during the riots and police charge-sheeted them for committing offences punishable under Sections 147-149, 188, 427 and 436 of the Indian Penal Code. 

2020 Delhi riots: Court acquits nine accused

Boy commits suicide after mother scolds him over phone addiction

Boy commits suicide after mother scolds him over phone addiction

When Jnanesh, a class 9 student, was watching mobile after coming back home from the Sacred Heart School, Vinaya scolded him for mobile addiction and asked him to put it away. The boy told his mother that he would come back after taking a bath. He went inside and hanged himself to death from a ceiling fan in his room on Monday evening.

Boy commits suicide after mother scolds him over phone addiction

AI urination case: Delhi court grants bail to accused Shankar Mishra

AI urination case: Delhi court grants bail to accused Shankar Mishra

Additional Sessions Judge, Patiala House courts, Harjyot Singh Bhalla, who had reserved his order on Monday, granted bail on the bail bond of Rs 1 lakh. He had noted that what Mishra has allegedly done is disgusting but the court is bound to follow the law.

AI urination case: Delhi court grants bail to accused Shankar Mishra

Smuggler hides gold biscuits in abdomen, nabbed after X-Ray

Smuggler hides gold biscuits in abdomen, nabbed after X-Ray

The biscuits weigh 932 gm and their estimated market value is Rs 54,78,855. The incident occurred on Monday under the jurisdiction of the Amudia Border Outpost, manned by troops of the 112 BN, BSF. This is in the North 24-Parganas district of West Bengal that shares an international border with the Satkhira district of Bangladesh.

Smuggler hides gold biscuits in abdomen, nabbed after X-Ray

PrevNext