Budget 2022 only a web of words, no plan for capital investment in agriculture: Tikait | India News

NOIDA: Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait on Tuesday called the 2022-23 budget a mere web of words saying it lacked vision for capital investment in agriculture.
He alleged that the budget only contained words like “Amrit Mahotsav”, “Gatishakti”, “E-Vidha” without much meaning.
National Union spokesman Bharatiya Kisan (BKU) said the budget would not help the poor, villagers or farmers, only businesses.
The BKU, part of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) which spearheaded the year-long protest against Delhi’s border hub, also claimed that the total budget for agriculture and related sectors was reduced from 4.26 percent last year to 3.84 percent this year.
Tikait lamented that the government has cut allocations for initiatives aimed at doubling farmers’ incomes, for the crop insurance scheme, the crop purchase scheme and the agricultural infrastructure fund.
He said he also removed the allowance to control stubble burning and did not increase it for Kisan Samman Nidhi.
Citing no relief from GST rates on items used in agriculture such as seeds, insecticides, weedkillers, tractors, animal and poultry feed, he said the farming community had “never been ignored in this point” in any budget of independent India.
“You want to increase oilseed production because you want to entrust palm cultivation to the company. This cultivation is not suitable from a groundwater and environmental point of view,” Tikait said in a statement shared by BKU media officer Dharmendra Malik.
He said it is clear from Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharam’s speech that this budget is “negative for agriculture”.
He called the budget “anti-farmer” and said the country’s finance minister would get a “zero” for drafting it.

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