Central schemes only helping rich farmers: RSS-affiliate BKS

BKS, which has 20 lakh registered members, submitted a report on the general condition of farmers on the final day of a three-day high-level RSS meeting.

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The organisation praised MP CM Shivraj Chouhan’s efforts to appease farmers, but raised doubts over the implementation of his schemes that might benefit traders more.
NEW DELHI: The Centre’s schemes are helping only the rich farmers and the ones who deserve help don’t even qualify for loans, RSS-affiliate Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) has told its parent organisation and the government.

The farmers’ union expressed its unhappiness at a meeting of the highest decision-making body of RSS in Nagpur on Sunday, even as farmers in Maharashtra held a long march to the state capital Mumbai to make the government listen to their demands.

BKS, which has 20 lakh registered members, submitted a report on the general condition of farmers on the final day of a three-day high-level RSS meeting. It urged the Centre to directly transfer benefits under the proposed Operation Green scheme to the farmer, as is done for LPG subsidy, as otherwise only the rich farmers would benefit from it. It also asked the government to think twice before announcing any loan waiver because it was of little help to the deserving farmers.


FM Arun Jaitley in his budget speech last month had announced a Rs 500-crore Operation Green scheme to enhance the production of tomato, onion and potatoes.

At the three-day Pratinidhi Sabha that concluded on Sunday, all RSS-affiliated organisations were asked to present a report of their observations and details of the activities they conducted. Expressing concerns over growing rural distress and worsening of farmers’ situation, BKS said the government needed to implement the policies for farmers properly.

Very few farmers get the right price for their produce and the calculation of MSP needs to be done “honestly”, the report said. A specific mention was of mustard crop — the harvest is already over but because of delayed procurement, farmers, particularly in Rajasthan, may have to sell their produce to traders at a price much lower than MSP.
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The organisation praised MP CM Shivraj Chouhan’s efforts to appease farmers, but raised doubts over the implementation of his schemes that might benefit traders more.

“The CM spent a lot of time discussing the issues with us and accepted nine out of the 11 conditions we put forward. The intent of farmer welfare is visible,” the BKS noted.

“When governments like the one in Maharashtra announced farm waiver, many benefitted but the loans cannot be waived every time. We have noticed a number of cases where farmers who, after getting their loans waived once, default the next time and get barred from all other government benefits,” a member said.

“The issues raised by the Maharashtra farmers are real concerns but they have existed for several years. Farmers are the soul of the nation and they should not go against national interest,” said BKS general secretary Badrinarayan Chaudhary.
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