Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav said today the government’s promise to give farmers at least 50 per cent higher support price than their cost of production for the upcoming Kharif crops was another “jumla (rhetoric)”. Yadav said the budget proposals showed the government’s lack of concern towards farmers.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley earlier today had announced to fix support price of Kharif crops like paddy at least 50 per cent higher than the cost of production. The proposal was seen as a government effort to take agriculture out of stress.
“The government’s promise on delivering 50 per cent more on the cost of production is a jumla again,” Yadav said.
The Swaraj India leader, who has been undertaking tours across India to interact with farmers, claimed the government has been “forced” to take up the issue of prices for farmers. There were “no concrete measures and commitments” made to farmers to pull them out of the crisis they are in, he said.
“The government has shown that they don’t care for the suffering of the farmers. It demonstrates a clear lack of political will. They think they can win elections without addressing real concerns of the farmers,” Yadav added.