Shashi Tharoor Takes A Jibe At The Centre, Says Na Jawan Na Kisan For Modi Governemnt

Speaking in the Lok Sabha yesterday, the Congress MP highlighted the lack of empathy on the Modi government’s part when it comes to the farming section and supported his speech with statistics to show the consistent reduction in budgets allocated to the community

Raghav N

February 12, 2021

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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led central government’s recent union budget during his address in the Lok Sabha yesterday. Talking specifically about the farmers in the light of the ongoing protests, the politician said that while former Prime Minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri coined the Jai Jawan Jai Kisan phase, the current Modi government is following the ‘na jawan na kisan’ policy.

Indicating that the federal administration cares little about the agricultural sector, Tharoor said no tangible measures have been implemented despite protests from the agrarian community, whose very survival is at stake. The opposition legislator further added that though the cultivators have been side-lined with the introduction of the three undemocratic farm bills, the farm sector has been rotting for a long time now under the BJP rule.

Sharing figures, the Kerala MP stated that the overall budget of the department saw a miniscule 5% increase compared to last year but was 8% below the budget allocated last year. He also brought up the controversial topic of the Minimum Support Price (MSP), revealing that two most important schemes connected to it, the Market Intervention Scheme and Price Report Scheme and Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan have witnessed consecutive reductions in the last two years and a 20-25% cut in this year’s budget.

The Congress has vehemently opposed the centre-formulated and implemented farm bills and stood by the farmers from inception for the abrogation of these laws.

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