With a documented evaluation on the agrarian policies adopted by central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in last four and half years, Swaraj India President Yogendra Yadav has accused the government as “most anti-farmer government” in the history of independent India.
Yogendra Yadav, while sharing the facts from his latest book ‘Modi Raj Mein Kisan: Double Income or Double Aafat’, said “Though there has never been any farmers’ friendly government. But this is the first government which put together all three kinds of anti-farmer policies—ideological, systematic and class. And the conclusion is Modi government is the most anti-farmer government ever.”
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The book is about the failure of promises PM Modi made to the farmers before general elections 2014. It stated that government’s claim to double the income of farmers is just a “Jumla” because it has neither launched any scheme nor sanctioned any budget for this so far.
Mr. Yadav said the previous governments got reached the famers in hospitals and now they are in ICU under Modi government’s rule.
“However, it is not happening first time in the country that central government is not fulfilling its promises. But this government has failed to give any relief to the farmers during natural disasters too. This is the first time government who said in the Supreme Court that to give relief to the farmers during draught is not its duty,” Yadav added.
Mr. Yadav said that it has not been documented but government’s decision of demonetization largely impacted farmers. “Another proof of this government’s hostility towards farmers is the land acquisition policy,” he added.
Stressing on the need to present the facts about agrarian crises during the current regime in public domain, Yadav said that his book is the document proof that will be demonstrated by the farmers themselves when they will reach to attend “Kisan Mukti March” at national capital on Thursday.
Besides Yadav, Ajay Vir Jhakar, Dr Ashok Gulati, and Outlook Hindi editor Harvinder Singh also addressed the audience with facts on current agrarian crises.
Yogendra Yadav in his book writes that the government failed to fulfill its promise to give 1.5 times cost to the production cost and cheated farmers by changing the definition of production cost. The government claims to give historical increase in minimum support price which was actually below than the increase in 2008. He also says, like previous governments, Modi government too spends only 2% of budget on agriculture.
The book further says that despite 450% government’s expenditure increase in Fasal Bima Yojna, only 10% farmers benefitted. Since the scheme launched the Bima (insurance) claim of farmers decreased from 21,608 to 15,502. Farmer’s income has increased at the rate of 2.2% but to increase their income double it was required 10.4%.
Book’s another findings say, for two continuous years Modi government showed a rigid attitude during the situation of draught at national level, even ignored the order of Supreme Court. Demonetisation hit the farmers severely. The surplus of export and import declined from Rs 159K crore to 82K crore. Last year the price of diesel, fertilizer and seeds etc increased by 30%. In the name of Cow Killing, cattle trading have been affected across the country and farmers are facing problem due to stray cattle.