Punjab & Region

Implement Swaminathan Report in toto: Harsimrat Badal

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The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, August 2

Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal today demanded implementation of the Swaminathan report in toto by ensuring fifty percent profit on the total cost of the crop and legalizing minimum support price on crops besides reducing petroleum and cooking gas rates.

Participating in the discussion on price rise in parliament, Harsimrat Badal took on the NDA government for playing politics on this issue. She said the union government was sprinkling salt on the wounds of the poor by claiming there was no increase in prices of essential commodities as the poor were being given free rations.

She said the truth was that this was being done at a terrible cost. “The country has witnessed a hundred percent increase in the prices of diesel, fertilizer and pesticides in the last eight years.

In stark contrast, farmers have been given a two percent increase in MSP. This has had a catastrophic effect on both the farming community as well as the common man as prices of all essential commodities have gone through the roof”.

The Bathinda MP said the BJP had claimed in 2015 that it would double farm income.

“It is eight years now. Income of farmers has reduced in real terms. Instead of coming to terms with this reality the government is trying to obfuscate this issue” she said while demanding that the C-2 plus 50 percent profit formula listed in the Swaminathan Report should be implemented immediately. She also said it was unfortunate that the farmer, whose crop had been used to feed the poor, was suffering in this manner while giving the example of Punjab where farmers were suffering from floods as well as the after effects of spurious seeds.

“The cotton crop has failed for three successive years in Punjab but no action has been taken against companies or officials responsible for this”, she added.

Badal also demanded that the union government legalize MSP on crops as promised by it on December 9, 2021 when the Kisan Andolan was lifted.

“The center gave an undertaking in writing that a Committee would be formed to ensure farmers were able to avail MSP as their right. Now however the Committee which has been formed in this context has been given the mandate of only making MSP more effective and transparent”. She also castigated the government for nominating 26 members in the Committee who were proponents of the erstwhile farm laws. “All this is a cruel joke on farmers”, she added.

Badal also said it was unfortunate that the government had delayed discussion on the crucial issue of price rise for two weeks even though it was the number one demand in the all party meeting held before the parliament session.

She said the situation was such that farmers, as well as the poor, did not have the means to avail of good education or even medical facilities. She demanded the government take real-time steps to come to grips with the situation.

The Bathinda MP also urged that the farmers and the common man should not be used as pawns to gain political power while pointing out how the Congress party had promised farm loan waiver and ‘ghar ghar naukari’ to usurp power in Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

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