The Swaminathan Commission was clear in its recommendations, and the rationale offered by the NITI Aayog to rule out the use of comprehensive cost is dubious at best.
The need of the hour is to set up a farmer pay commission, which can fix a minimum assured income of a farmer household.
Arun Jaitley’s Budget speech was vague on the details, and closer inspection reveals that it was also misleading.
In his budget speech, finance minister Arun Jaitley promised farmers a minimum support price at 50% over the cost of production of crops. Here’s a quick breakdown of the importance of MSP and what the new budget means for farmers.
Ambiguities and more talk than outlays mean that little is likely to change.
The proposed Market Assurance Scheme should not leave states to fend for themselves when it comes to price support for farmers, especially as the agrarian crisis is one that is caused mainly by central policies.
The farmers have done their job. The nation has failed to deliver them a decent income in return.
Thos leading the protest said they were “satisfied” with what the Shivraj Chouhan government was offering.
The fall in prices of agricultural commodities is always seen as nothing more than a game of numbers that is played routinely, year after year.
Falling prices and a lack of adequate procurement centres have left tur producers grasping for a way out.
Outsourcing food production to BRICS countries, and opening up the country to cheaper imports will only destroy food self-sufficiency – and the livelihood of millions.
The question to ask is whether it makes environmental sense or effects social justice to ship our dals from across the seas?
The government did not implement the Swaminathan commission recommendation of an MSP set at 50% over cost as it feared “price distortions in markets”.
Was the prime minister’s standing ovation for farmers a cruel joke?
As a society, we should be ashamed that year after year, farmers beg for a decent livelihood and are forced to take their lives.