1. NDA has disappointed people on agriculture front as well: Mani Shankar Aiyar

NDA has disappointed people on agriculture front as well: Mani Shankar Aiyar

Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar today alleged that the NDA government, after having promised to double farmers' income, has disappointed people on agriculture front as well.

By: | Hyderabad | Published: June 20, 2017 10:08 PM
NDA, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Telangana Congress, indian agriculture, Indira Gandhi, Green Revolution, Radha Mohan Singh, kashmir, pakistan, china The minimum support price (MSP) for farmers this year has come down compared to last year, Aiyar claimed. “Sixty per cent of India’s population is in agriculture. (PTI)

Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar today alleged that the NDA government, after having promised to double farmers’ income, has disappointed people on agriculture front as well. “…Keep lying and mislead people. Make good gimmicks. (They say) ‘Sab ka sath sab ka vikas’. Now, it is ‘sab ka sath sab ka satyanash’,” he said. Aiyar was speaking at a symposium organised by the Telangana Congress on ‘Indian Agriculture – Contribution of Smt Indira Gandhi and a review of present scenario’ as part of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s birth centenary celebrations. The minimum support price (MSP) for farmers this year has come down compared to last year, Aiyar claimed. “Sixty per cent of India’s population is in agriculture. What is their condition? I will tell you the condition. Indiraji started Minimum Support Price. “That means, you (farmer) should get more than this. If that is not available, we will support you. Arhar – MSP is Rs 5,050 per quintal. It is being sold at Rs 2,700,” he said. Giving out figures, he claimed that other crops like garlic, onion, potato are also being sold at a price less than last year’s price.

The input costs in agriculture have increased substantially thus offsetting any rise in price for the produce, he said. “They say we will get (farmers) income doubled. How will you double? This helpless man goes to market and sees that his expenditure is rising. Somebody told me that there is a 700 per cent rise in expenditure of inputs compared to 1991,” Aiyar said. Recalling that Rajiv Gandhi, when he was Prime Minister in the 1980s, personally visited villages during a crisis in agriculture, he alleged that the present government spoke only rhetoric. Hailing the leadership of Indira Gandhi in improving agriculture in the country, the Congress leader said she was instrumental in the success of ‘Green Revolution’.

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C Subramaniam (Agriculture Minister), MS Swaminathan (scientist) and Sivaraman (bureaucrat) made stellar contributions to ‘green revolution’ then, but incumbent Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh suggested doing Yoga as a way to address distress in agriculture, he said. Under the present NDA regime, situation in Kashmir worsened and India’s relations with neighbouring countries like Pakistan, China, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have suffered, Aiyar claimed.

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    Sumer Jain
    Jun 21, 2017 at 5:46 am
    No one is going to vote congress.People have deposed faith in BJP.BJP did say that they will take measures for doubling the income of farmers in five years.There is no way it can be doubled immediately and pitiable condition of farmers and other people in this country isachievement of congress ruleover decades,BJP has started work for last three years only they are doing their best staed of all time criticizing popularly elected Government,congress should do work which can improve their tarnished image as a bunch of corrupt people and those working against Indian religions and Indian culture.Best wishes.
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