- The Bandh called by various organizations supporting the farmers’ cause opposing the reformist bills passed by the Central Government on the agriculture sector and freeing the restrictions in the sale of agricultural land in Karnataka, respectively is grossly misconstrued and far from addressing the real concerns gnawing the very survival of the agriculturalists. Ostensible reasons mentioned by the farmers’ unions and those supporting organizations are far from reality camouflaging the real intent behind those Bills freeing the suppressed sector from the clutches of the powerful middlemen lobby.
PC: Priscilla Jebaraj
- Any country’s growth parameters weigh heavily in favor of the farming sector’s robust health ensuring food safety and self-sufficiency. Any fundamental lacuna in the self-sustainability of the farming sector will greatly impinge on the very health of a country perpetually on the lookout for doles and bailing out efforts from the international powers. Remember the country too was found to be at the mercy of overseas help a few decades back but most importantly, now stands proudly secure and independent sustaining/thriving on our own remarkably. No longer the country is monikered as poor as it stands tall amongst the developing entities.
- However, the country endures remaining mainly agrarian amidst exceedingly inspiring developments in the field of cutting-edge technology, manufacturing, industrial, services, and other allied facilities. Giant strides made in Information Technology, Information Technology enabled Service, Space Technology, and Biotechnology are the cynosure of all eyes nationally as well as internationally. Introducing reformist measures is a continuous process and hence, the ruling dispensation’s efforts at priming up the all-important agricultural sector deserve accolades.
- The crying need for those efforts was felt since long as even the principal opposition party, the Grand Old Party of India, had promised to free the farming community from the clutches of the middlemen who are ruling the roost. Not only the farmer at the beginning of the food supply chain is deprived of the legitimate price for the yield harvested but also the handsome profit that accrues along the way owing to the menace of middlemen and the buyer. Even though, Minimum Support Price (MSP) announced by the government from time to time supports the farmers’ yield, there is no denying the fact that they miss out on making handsome profits by a fair margin.
- Precisely to address this glaring anomaly and to empower the farming committee, the Central Government has passed Bills that primarily free the farmers from the middlemen cartel but provides an open field to sell their products to anybody who offers a better price. As the cartel fears elimination from profiteering henceforth with the Bills coming into effect, profound resistance was anticipated as also whipping up opposition to the move. Farmers should not be gullible to such manipulative machinations and to avoid the same, the Central Government must communicate the right information on the benefits. The Bandh will serve no purpose.