- Villages and farmers are on the heart of this yr’s price range, Prime Minister Modi mentioned.
- The prime minister referred to as it a “proactive price range”
- The controversy over farmers’ earnings has been a scorching matter
Farmers and villages are on the “coronary heart of this yr’s price range,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned at this time amid a heated debate on farmers’ incomes that’s spreading throughout a number of states, together with Punjab and Haryana. Calling it “proactive budgeting”, PM Modi mentioned it “has targeted on serving to farmers enhance their earnings.”
Concern over the phasing out of Minimal Help Costs provided by the federal government has sparked bitter protests after three farm payments have been handed in parliament in September.
The federal government, which has targeted on growing the MSP to deal with the issue, mentioned at this time that the MSP regime had undergone a “sea change” to safe costs no less than 1.5 occasions the price of manufacturing.
There has additionally been a pointy enhance within the buy of meals grains and funds to farmers, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman mentioned, including: “The federal government is dedicated to the well-being of farmers.”
Presenting the Union price range in parliament, Sitharaman mentioned that from Rs 33,874 crore in 2013-2014, the overall quantity paid to farmers for wheat rose to Rs 75,060 crore in 2020-2021. The variety of wheat-producing farmers benefiting elevated from 35.57 lakh in 2019-20 to 43.36 lakh in 2020-21.
For rice, the quantity paid in 2013-14 was Rs 63,928 million. In 2020-2021, it’s estimated to extend to Rs 172,752 crore. The variety of farmers benefiting elevated from 1.24 crore in 2019-20 to 1.54 crore in 2020-21.
To spice up added worth in agriculture and associated merchandise and their exports, “the scope of the ‘Operation Inexperienced Scheme’ that’s at present relevant to tomatoes, onions and potatoes, can be expanded to incorporate 22 perishable merchandise,” mentioned the minister.
To offer satisfactory credit score to our farmers, the agricultural credit score goal for this yr has been set at Rs 16.5 million lakh, Sitharaman mentioned.
Along with 1,000 extra agricultural mandi, one other space of concern for farmers, can be built-in into the federal government’s nationwide digital agricultural commerce platform “eNAM”.
Together with spending on agriculture, the federal government has additionally elevated the scope of the Prime Minister’s SWAMITVA Scheme, which maintains a registry of rights granted to landowners in 1,241 villages, to be prolonged to all states and territories within the Union.