Anti-farmers’ legislation in India

Anti-farmers’ legislation in India

The Indian Parliament approved a pair of agriculture bills, apparently encouraging private investment in the sector. The Union Minister for food processing Harsimat Kaur, who belongs to a regional party from the northern state of Punjab, resigned over protest calling the bills anti-farmer. Before these legislation, government provided agriculture input to farmers on subsidized rate. Allowing private sector investment is a covert move to withdraw the liberal amount of subsidy that Congress governments used to provide to farmers, which helped enhance agriculture output in food basket states of Indian Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pardesh and West Bengal.

In sharp contrast to pro-farmers policy of  Congress and regional political parties, BJP is the custodian of mercantile class in India. The fiscal and monetary policies of BJP governments in the past were supportive of this class at the expense of farmers. The passage of controversial agriculture bills further exposes it. Hence there is no surprise the Union Minister of Food Processing, whose constituency is in Punjab, opted to resign in protest.

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