Union Minister Piyush Goyal
Union Minister Piyush Goyal

Interim Budget: PM-KISAN draws mixed response from farmers

ANI | Updated: Feb 01, 2019 19:06 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb 1 (ANI): Farmers and their organisations across India seem to have their opinions divided over the central government’s latest announcement to introduce a new scheme in the agriculture sector, which will entail payment of Rs 6,000 annually to each of the 12 crore marginal farmers in the country.
The scheme titled 'Pradhan Mantri KIsan SAmman Nidhi (PM-KISAN)' will involve an annual outlay of Rs 75,000 crore, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said, while presenting the Interim Budget 2019-20 in the Parliament on Friday. 
While some farmers hailed it as a 'brave step' of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, others believed that the farmers have been 'betrayed' in the Interim Budget. 
After seeing this budget one thing is clear that the Prime Minister is a very big businessman and belongs to the corporate world. The same Prime Minister earlier said that we will give increased MSPs to farmers and implement the Swaminathan Report. But nobody is ready to talk about this. This government is anti-farmers,” said Shivkumar Kakaji, National president of Kisan Mahasangh.
"We should credit Piyush Goyal’s strength for lying in Parliament and saying that they increased MSP last year itself. Last year, lakhs of farmers protested and came out on roads to seek justice," a farmer from Ludhiana told ANI. 
Resonating his sentiments, another agriculture worker said, “We are totally unsatisfied by this budget. Still farmers are upset with not getting the right price for their crops. They will give Rs 500 per month to farmers. People get electricity bills of Rs 10,000 now. If this will go on for next few years, then the situation of farmers might deteriorate further in the country.”
Prabhudas, a farmer from Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh, said, “I have one acre of land. Instead of giving this money, if they would give MSP for crops then it would be much more beneficial. Farmers are not getting MSP. Giving Rs 6000 is a meagre amount. It cannot be considered as an income.”
However, on the other hand, few of the farmers praised the NDA government for providing Rs 6000 per year to the needy ones.
Murahari, a farmer from Andhra Pradesh, said, “I am a tenant farmer. We are incurring huge expenses for pesticides. Nowadays we have to spray pesticide four or five times. So, our expenses are multiplying. For one acre we have to spend Rs 2,000. Giving Rs 6,000 per year is okay, but fixing prices will be much beneficial.”
Another one from the state added, “Giving Rs 6,000 can be useful for any purpose. The farmer can spend that amount on seeds or pesticides. This is a brave step from the government. This scheme will be good for small farmers like us.”
A Gorakhpur-based farmer said, “I want to thank the government for taking this decision. This is a very bold move. It is really going to help farmers across India.” (ANI)