Who Are The Real Beneficiaries Of India’s Agricultural Laws?
As the centre struggles to convince the protesting farmers about the efficacy of the new farm reforms, here is a look at the fraudulent practices that enable the rich and powerful to become more wealthy, while the poor farmers’ economic condition keeps worsening
As the Narendra Modi government tries to tackle the Delhi Chalo farmer protests that is steadily spiralling out of control, it becomes difficult to overlook the possible role of the centre’s rivals and propagandist machines in adding fuel to the already raging fire. All through yesterday, a truck was parked at the Singhu border flashing a ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ slogan and an AK-47 illustration. The footage from the protest site validates the presence of the separatist movement propagators, who are evidently riding on the current tension.
While the agitating farmers are demanding for the rollback of the fresh farm bills, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has denied rumours of ending the minimum Support Prices (MSP) and government markets (Mandi). Considering that it announced in parliament that both the MSP component and nationalised mandis will not be scrapped, it becomes binding on the administration to honour its commitment. Another issue that has emerged from the agricultural community is the demand for clearance of genetically modified crops. This again points towards the probable involvement of some foreign companies pushing for their personal agenda through the farmers on ground.
However, the section that is completely overshadowed even with the ongoing demonstrations is the poor and marginal labourer and farmer who works day and night in the field. According to data, while 86% farmers have less than 5 hectares of land, only 0.3% of them own more than 15 hectares. In 2019 alone, more than 10,000 debt-ridden agriculturists committed suicide. 76% registered farmers wish to leave their primary occupation due to the poor plight of their community in India.
What is astounding is a data report that shows that many businessmen and even ministers declare themselves as a part of the crop-growing sector in order to evade taxes. As per the research, between 2007-2016, some people earned as much as 1.55 lakh crore rupees just through this field.
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