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BATHINDA: Farm teams have termed the Budget a “bitter harvest” sugar-coated with an implausible goal of doubling farmers’ earnings by 2022. Claiming that there was nothing worthwhile in it for them, they accused the FM of creating deceptive claims like MSP being 1.5 instances of the enter price of crops.
“FM claims the government is on course to doubling farm income by 2022, but where is the report card to show how much progress has been achieved so far on this count? Hollow claims won’t work — show us where the government and farmers stand as 2022 is only a year away. Tell us how income will be doubled in just a year,” farm chief Jagmohan Singh mentioned. BKU Ekta Ugrahan normal secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri questioned the components for calculating MSP, calling it defective.
“Farmers have been demanding the fixation of MSP as per C2 plus 50% profit by calculating the cost of all the ingredients, including land and machinery rent and family labour. The government is not considering many elements while determining input costs,” he mentioned. “What’s more, MSP is given on only two crops whereas farmers have been demanding it for all 23 crops. In all, only 6% farmers are getting the benefit, which is not acceptable,” BKU Ekta Ugrahan normal secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri mentioned.
Farm teams additionally criticised the Centre for not contemplating their demand to widen the ambit of PM-Kisan. BKU Krantikari president Surjit Singh Phool mentioned the advantage of PM-Kisan had been prolonged to solely 9 crore as an alternative of 14 crore farmers. “The other flagship scheme, Fasal Bima Yojna, has failed to provide benefit to farmers; so they are not coming forward to subscribe to it.”
Jai Kisan Andolan’s Avik Saha identified that the finance minister made no point out of allocations and the standing of the Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan, the value assist and market intervention schemes and the PM Fasal Bima Yojna. On the Centre’s plan to deliver 1,000 extra markets below eNAM, farmer Gurdial Singh of Bathinda’s Sangat village mentioned this mannequin wasn’t working in Punjab and plenty of different states both as a result of the requisite infrastructure wasn’t in place or farmers hadn’t been made absolutely conscious of it.


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