Shimla, Feb 1: All India Kisan Sabha said the budget presented by the Finance Minister 2020-21 was a document of betrayal to the farmers, agriculture workers and share cropper and rural poor.
Himachal Pradesh Kissan Sabha Dr Kuldeep Singh Tanwar said in a press statement that All India Kisan Sabha condemns the approach of the governments to the peasantry.
Although the Finance Minister boldly claimed that the "government is committed to the goal of doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022", the budget she went on to present is one of the most anti-farmer budget in the recent years.
However, a look at the budget document reveals that agriculture and allied activities have seen massive cuts in allocations, All India Kisan Sabha said.
Government announced the PM-KISAN scheme in the last budget with much fan fare. For 2019-20, government had allocated Rs.75000 crores for this scheme. In this one scheme alone, the Revised Estimates is 21000 crores less than what the government had promised to spend.
In the most unethical manner, this scheme was used by the government to distribute small sums of money to people just before elections. This was done in a great hurry before the elections without any due diligence resulting in exclusion of a vast majority of eligible farmers.
Government's estimate was that the scheme would cover 14.5 crore farmers in the country. However, only about 26 per cent of them were given all the three instalments.
Another area where a very large cut is seen is in fertiliser subsidies. Even in nominal terms, the allocation towards fertiliser subsidies for the coming year is 11 per cent less than the allocations for the current financial year.
Instead of investing to ensure "input sovereignty" of Indian agriculture, the Finance Minister has proposed to achieve this through the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana which is nothing but a way for the government to wash its hands off from the responsibility of ensuring that farmers receive appropriate agricultural inputs at affordable prices.
The budget has no proposals for expanding access to irrigation, providing support to sharecroppers or ensuring livelihood security of rural workers.
Rural India is going through a phase of massive unemployment. The budget presented by the Finance Minister has no proposal to deal with this. (UNI)