J&K Kisan Tehreek calls Union Budget ‘hollow, anti-farmer’

The Government should also provide adequate funds for research and development in agriculture to encourage organic farming so that flora and fauna is protected.

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Jammu, Publish Date: Feb 17 2018 11:51PM | Updated Date: Feb 17 2018 11:57PM
J&K Kisan Tehreek calls Union Budget ‘hollow, anti-farmer’File Photo

A demonstration organized by J&K Kisan Tehreek was held in Jammu today to protest against the “anti-farmer” Union Budget 2018-19 presented recently. 

While terming the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley earlier this month as “disappointing, hollow and anti-farmer”, State Secretary, J&K Kisan Tehreek, GN Malik, today said the budgetary proposals for agriculture are aimed to help the corporate agri-businesses and has no vision for promoting farmers’ welfare.

Malik said Jaitley dashed the hopes of farmers who were expecting loan waivers. “The Union Budget 2018-19 is a big letdown as it has failed to address the issues of farmers. Jaitley has resorted to lies and deceit to betray farmers who have been reeling under acute agrarian crisis,” Malik said, in a written statement. “The Budget has failed to deliver on the demands of the farmers, agricultural workers and the poor.”

“The budget is, in fact, a mockery to the farmers because only a sometime back, the government in writing had informed the Supreme Court that it is not in a position to implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission but now Jaitley claims to have already implemented it,” he said.

The Government should also provide adequate funds for research and development in agriculture to encourage organic farming so that flora and fauna is protected.

Among others Banarasi Das, Regional President, Sohan Lal Regional Secretary, Sewa Ram Bhagat district President Kathua, Ghyain Singh (Udhampur) and Mandev Singh also addressed the demonstration.

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