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Agricultural Unions Announce ‘Chakka Jam’ on Feb 6, Tomar Points to Budget Provisions and Asks You to Think Positively | India News


NEW DELHI: Farmers unions mobilizing for the repeal of central farm laws announced Monday the blocking of roads across the country on state and national highways for three hours (12 to 3 p.m.) on February 6, including when agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the budget erased all doubts about controversial issues related to legislation and urged farmer leaders to think positively about it.
Noting the budget announcement, Tomar said the budget proposals reflected the government’s commitment to the APMC ‘mandis’ provisions and the minimum support price (MSP) that should now clear up doubts, whatsoever, about farm laws.
He referred to the announcement of the Budget in which the Minister of Finance, Nirmala Sitharaman, proposed giving APMC ‘mandis’ access to the Agricultural Infrastructure Fund so that these state-regulated agricultural markets could be modernized by creating infrastructure. The finance minister during her budget speech also spoke about how the procurement of crops at MSP has increased substantially compared to 2013-14.
Farmers’ unions, however, expressed concern even about general budget provisions for agriculture and related sectors as a whole, saying that the government cut the budget from Rs 1.54 lakh crore in 2020-21 to Rs 1.48 lakh crore in 2021-22.
At a press conference of the coordinating body of agricultural unions, Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), Yogendra Yadav of Jai Kisan Andolan said that, in fact, the government has proposed to reduce the share of agriculture in the total budget from 5.1 % in the current financial year. to 4.3% in 2021-22.
Announcing the SKM roadblock plan for three hours (12-3pm) on February 6, peasant leader Darshan Pal said that the Morcha has called for ‘Chakka Jam’ in protest against the three agricultural laws, the government’s repressive measures against the protesters and the reduction of the budget allocation for the agricultural sector.
“The Budget has demonstrated the apprehension of farmers’ unions that the government is moving in the direction of withdrawing its support for farmers. As for the main problems faced by farmers (ensuring PEM, access to market infrastructure, effective crop insurance when facing losses due to natural calamities, and rural employment through MGNREGS), the budget has nothing to offer. The allocation for the PM-AASHA scheme has been reduced from Rs 1500 million in 2019-20 to Rs 400 million now, and the PSS-MIS (Price Support and Market Intervention) scheme has been reduced from Rs 3 billion to rupees. 1501 crore in the past 3 years, while these are the only two government schemes to ensure farmers get the MSP, “he said
Kirankumar Vissa of Rythu Swarajya Vedika – a constituent agricultural organization under the AIKSCC.
He said: “In comparison, farmers suffer a loss of more than 50 billion rupees in one year due to falling prices below the MSP. This shows that the government has no commitment to the MSP despite its rhetoric. And this is why farmers demand a legal guarantee for MSP ”.
Kavitha Kuruganti, ASHA national coordinator and leader of Mahila Kisan Aadhikaar Manch, said: “We demanded that the PM-KISAN scheme be modified to credit the amount to the accounts of the women of the agricultural households instead of the land owners who are typically male We had also demanded that true cultivators, including tenants, sharecroppers, female farmers and adivasi farmers, who may not have patta land, should be included in the plan.
“The government has not moved into any of these, and we see that the support base has not gone beyond Rs 9 million households, while the target was Rs 14.5 million households. So Similarly, the problems with the flagship PM Fasal Bima Yojana scheme have not been fixed, and with the new rules, many states have chosen not to do so by drastically reducing coverage. This leaves farmers completely vulnerable when they lose their harvest due to natural calamities. and debts them. ”

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