The Indian Farmer

These are tough times for the Indian farmer. Yes, the same Indian farmer who is responsible for feeding you and keeping you alive. He is endangered and on the verge of extinction, if the tough times continue. The situation is worse if he belongs to the state that performs well. No one cares about him. None of the officials go and meet them. None from the government indulge in talks with them. In Madya Pradesh, he has to face bullets if he tries to raise his voice in protest. In Maharashtra, he has no other option than committing suicides. In Tamilnadu, he knows he doesn’t have a government to reach out to. So he goes to Delhi, sports a half shaved mustache and a half shaved head, eats rats and rolls on the road completely naked. Nothing happens. No one is bothered. He is tired. He returns home and ponders over his own existence. He sits in exasperation. He thinks of moving over to other sources of income. But he can’t. This is all that he knows. Farming is his life. A world outside of this, doesn’t exist for him. He thinks he is living a cursed life.

The Uttar Pradesh Government in April, announced that it plans to waive off the loans of 3 crore farmers in the state. It’s a good idea and there is no question about it, except for the fact that the funds commissioned for this, comes from the bulk contributions of states where the farmers are dying everyday. For every 100 bucks given to the centre by Tamilnadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka, they get back 30-40 bucks. Meanwhile, the non performing states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madya Pradesh get back 300-400 for the same amount. This is where the resource allocation fails miserably. Why would you penalize a state for performing well? The funds that are used to waive off farmer loans in UP comes from the funds generated by states like Maharashtra and Tamilnadu. And these states have prospered economically owing to good governance, good literacy rates, impeccable Human Development Indices and importantly, comparatively lesser population growths. Isn’t it the time for refurbishing the existing model of resource allocation? Or even sending out a stern message to the non performers that the continuous non performance will result in lesser funds?


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