New Delhi: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday said that even after 70 years of independence farmers’ of the country are still on the streets and they are not getting minimum support price, as per their cost.
“Unlike manufacturing companies, farmers have no right to decide the cost of their crops. There should be a mechanism to measure their cost of production, so, they can save something for themselves,” said union minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Pawas while speaking in National Executive Meeting of Lok Janshakti Party (Kisan Cell) in Delhi.
Addressing media, he further said, “However, the NDA-government is tirelessly working for the farmers and first time a full budget dedicated to the farmers’ presented in the parliament. This shows commitment of the government towards farmers and recently Prime Minister Modi had also talked to the farmers through video conferencing to address their issues.”
In 2018-19 union budgets, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely announced to increase 1.5 in MPS and doubled the farmers’ income by 2022.
Replying to the queries of a reporter, if the government purchase food grains on higher rate from farmers, will it increase inflation? He said, “You question is contradictory. You can’t say both the things. Why don’t you complaint when you buy a refrigerator on higher rate from previous year? It is similar to that.”
Later, LJP MP and Chairman of Central Parliamentary Boarad, Chirag Paswad demanded to form Farmers’ Forum which will deal with their problems and find a way to resolve it.