It is easy to make lofty promises on the eve of the election, but what matters is how the elected go about keeping those promises. Here are recent examples related to farmers that one need to reflect upon.
While PM Kisan, the Modi government’s income support scheme announced in early 2019, is touching the lives of crores of people across India, the same cannot be said about the promised farm loan waiver scheme of the Congress announced in some states before it came to power there.
When it comes to PM Kisan, On January 2, 2020 PM Narendra Modi from the dais of a public gathering in Karnataka transferred a total of ₹12,000 Crores into the accounts of 6 crore farmers across India by clicking a button.
In contrast, on the issue of farm loan waivers, people who are leading the Madhya Pradesh government themselves are admitting publicly that they have failed to deliver on their promise to the state’s people.
Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath, and other ministers in Congress state government are cutting a sorry figure, apologizing for the delay in implementing the promised loan waiver for farmers in its entirety. It was reported that the Congress minister said few days back,
“We couldn”t fulfil our leader Rahul Gandhi”s promise to waive off farmers” loan up to Rs 2 lakh within ten days of forming government in the state.”
Long back the chief Minister himself admitted that there has been a difficulty in delivering the promise.
An Example from Telangana
In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, BJP emerged as a giant killer in Telangana’s Nizamabad constituency. K Kavitha, TRS leader and daughter of Telangana Chief Minister was defeated by BJP’s D Arvind.
As many analyses have pointed out, the displeasure of turmeric farmers had played a major role in Kavitha’s defeat. It is therefore natural that the BJP, which contested against her, addressed the issues faced by them and promised to act upon the issue.
But it is the way in which BJP has kept its word to the farmers of Nizamabad that deserves a dekko in every sense. In the first week of February 2020, the long-standing demand of expansion of the regional spice board in Nizamabad was cleared by the Union government. Now, the Board will assist in the export of crops that are harvested so that the farmers can avail better prices for their produce.
Announced the upgradation of Divisional office of Spices board at Nizamabad, Telangana into a regional office & extension centre with a special focus on turmeric & chilly.
This will promote exports & infrastructure to benefit farmers & MSMEs & boost development in the region. pic.twitter.com/2s2YTavkl0
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) February 4, 2020
Union Minister Piyush Goyal also promised a meeting with farmers and international buyers to negotiate fair prices. The Board will be headed by a Deputy Director level officer who would look after promotion, exports, production and quality of spices.
These recent developments shed enough light on the promise and delivery systems that the different parties in power can deliver.