Remove anomalies in Farm Bills: Sainik Samaj Party

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 3: President Sainik Samaj Party, Colonel S.S Pathania (retired) has urged upon the Union Government to remove anomalies in three Farm Bills in consultation with farmers at an earliest.
In a handout Col Pathania said, about 70 per cent of total population of the country is involved in agriculture contributing about 18 per cent towards the GDP of the nation.
“Successive Union governments never genuinely did anything worthwhile for farmers and always exploited them and treated them as a vote bank,” he said adding that since 1950, income of government employees has gone up 200 times but that of farmers’ only 21 times.
Col Pathania informed that statistics shows that cases of suicides by farmers are constantly moving up and in every one hour one farmer commits suicide.
“Had genuine reforms were carried out in the last 73 years of independence, situation certainly would not have been so gloomy,” he maintained adding that Swaminathan Commission of the year 2006 and Shanta Ram Committee had given very constructive report on the agricultural reforms and food security act but sadly nothing worthwhile could be implemented.
Col Pathania said, one can’t doubt the good intentions of the Centre but at the same time numerous anomalies exist in farm bills.
“Political parties for their vested interests will do politics on this issue but it is the time to show nation’s appreciation and gratitude towards the farmers feeding the nation,” he said.