AIKF demands separate agri budget on lines of rail budget
The All India Kisan Federation has demanded a separate budget for agriculture sector budget on the lines of the rail budget.chandigarh Updated: Sep 09, 2015 11:51 IST
The All India Kisan Federation has demanded a separate budget for agriculture sector budget on the lines of the rail budget.
The demand was raised during a seminar organised by the federation here. As many as 130 activists took part in the seminar. Farm experts said over 60% population was dependent on agriculture, but it was contributing 13% towards the gross domestic product (GDP). On the other hand, the contribution of service sector was 60% towards the GDP, but only 27% people were engaged in the sector.
Marxist Communist Party of India (United) general secretary Kuldeep Singh said "the neo-liberal policies persuaded by the BJP-led National Democratic Aalliance government were responsible for deepening agriculture crisis."
He pointed out that public investment in the agriculture sector was reducing as the government was busy strengthening the hands of corporates. Advocate Joginder Singh Toor pointed out shortcomings in the Land Acquisition Act which, he said, was being propagated as pro-farmer. He denounced the recommendation of the Shanta Kumar Committee under the garb of which the central government was running away from procuring agriculture produces of various states.
AIKF demanded that minimum support price of all agriculture produce should be uniformacros steh country. "It should be 50% above the cost of production," said AIKF. It said land reforms should be effectively implemented and land sealing be also applied in urban areas, including special economic zones and industrial corridor. Later, AIKF's working committee meeting was held under the presidentship of Prem Singh Bhangu and members from 21 state, including Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab participated, in it.
AIKF members said the NDA government was gradually reducing subsidies by decontrolling diesel and fertiliser rates, whereas the farm sector in developed countries was heavily subsidised. Social security for farmers was also sought. AIKF announced countrywide agitations in November and December which will culminate in all-India protest rally at Delhi in March next year.