Western UP farmers unhappy
Noida/Greater Noida: Western Uttar Pradesh Farmers are highly disappointed with the Union Budget 2019 alleging that the Prime Minister has failed to fulfill his pre-election promises and stated the announcements in budget as an insult to farmers.
Finance Minister Piyush Goyal announced that the Small and marginal farmers will get Rs 6,000 a year into their accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Samman Nidhi citing it to be beneficial for 120 million farmers, however the financial aid was disliked by many.
"The budget has not provided any relief to the farmers. We are thankful to the government for providing a financial help of Rs 6,000 yearly to farmers which amounts to Rs 5, 00 per month but keeping in mind the high prices of fuel, this amount cannot even bear the fuel cost of cultivating 2 hectares of land," said Dushyant Nagar, conveyor, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti.
Nagar further said that no waiver has been given in the loan while a small relief in loan payment scheme seems to be just an stunt to lure farmers ahead of elections.
The FM also announced that the farmers hit by natural calamities will get two per cent upfront interest subvention and three per cent subvention for timely loan payment.
Shyamveer Mavee, Vice-president of state, Bhartiya Kisan Union (Uttar Pradesh) said that the Budget could have been alright for farmers if we get the right rates for our crops.
"The government has not provided any relief in the prices of seeds and other agricultural products. The farmers do not get a satisfactory return against their crops. We have been demanding
for warehouses to store vegetables and fruits so that the farmers get good return, but none of our demands were heard" said Mavee.