Let us just not even assume, what a dire situation COVID-19 has slammed on our lives!
Amid all this, Mr Modi has yet again come up with something for the rescue to the Farmers.
The Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan to boost employment and livelihood opportunities for migrant workers returning to villages, in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.
Focus: Rural Infrastructure and modern facilities.
Skill Mapping to help them work closer home.
Project worth: Rs 50,000 Crore
Days: 125 days
116 districts of 6 states i.e Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha.
It feels like a ray of hope that something is happening for good. But is it?? Is it a short term play?
Well, it is still my question.
Going back to the old days, no Corona nothing there used to be a term called ” Minimum Support Price” viz. agricultural product price set by the government of India to purchase directly from the farmer.
This looks so promising but trust me the consequences are entirely different:
-MSP: it includes only sowing and labour cost.
- It has been notified for 23 crops but only 2 to 3 crops are being covered.
- No infrastructure benefit is provided to the farmers, the farmers could not even cover the rent they have to pay to the zamindar.
- in case the crops suffer loss, the goverment buy at lower rate.
- sometimes, the crops are kept as bufferstock due to market forces and economic depression and eventually farmers have to suffer.
It is just like: Grass on the other side always looks greener.
Believe me, a life of a farmer has had never been easy!
I feel, what should have been done earlier is happening now, so let us take a moment to spread a pinch of positivity and thank Corona for the justice yet little but its worth it.
This time, the farmers are going to decide the price and no intervention of government in terms of pricing shall be there.
Hope to hear some positivity and optimism!!