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Claims vs Reality: Karwan-e-Mohabbat Follows Up On Modi’s Tall Promises to Farmers in 2014 (Watch)

The video delves into false assurances of hiking MSP, crop insurances and the farce that is eNAM

In light of India’s widespread agrarian crisis, Karwan-e-Mohabbat has released a short video titled ‘Dawon ka sach’ (claims versus reality) on the subject. It illustrates how the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government came to power in 2014 on the plank of unrealistic promises to farmers.

The video categorically proves with inter-cutting video footage, how the assurances made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at public rallies have not been fulfilled on the ground.

Double farming income by 2022

Political activist Yogendra Yadav questions what target model the Modi-government had created to promise that farming income will be doubled in six years. He asks in three years what progress had been made to hike the farmers’ income.

Minimum Support Price

Social activist Kavita Kuruganti said the Centre had stopped the states from awarding farmers bonuses on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) which the Modi-government had announced. However, when the Centre had announced its own MSP, it was lower than what the previous UPA government was paying.

Yadav said, “The government had promised 1.5 times the MSP to farmers. However, the Centre made a volte-face and filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court claiming that what they had promised was impossible.”

He added, “Till 2017, the agriculture minister refused to acknowledge that the BJP had made any promises to hike MSP. Then in March 2018, finance minister Arun Jaitley suddenly claimed the government had already fulfilled its promises.”

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Yadav said, “Instead of 1.5 times the total expenditure, only partial heads of expenditure was taken into account. Then the government congratulated the farmers claiming to fulfil their promise.”

He added, “This is why farmers committees across the country have called the government a deceiver.”

Crop Insurance

Speaking about the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna, Yadav said, “The insurance is not for the crops, it is for the loans provided by banks to the farmers. It is the world’s first insurance scheme where the person involved is not even asked prior permission for the insurance. Farmers don’t even get any documents to be able to claim the insurance.”

He said officials refused to pay farmers insurance claims by pointing to the unaffected neighbouring crops.

Kuruganti says, “Under the scheme, the state and centre are paying larger shares of premium to insurance companies, but the farmers are receiving minimal amounts of what they claim. Hence, the pockets of insurance companies are being… fattened.”

National Agriculture Market (eNAM)

Kuruganti pointed out: “eNAM has delivered less than MSP prices to the few farmers who registered. The BJP government’s claim to solutions through eNAM is a whitewash.”

She added, “The farmers’ protests across the country speak for themselves about the lack of performance of the present government on the agricultural front.”

Watch the full video:

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