New Delhi: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) farmer leader Rakesh Tikait picked out holes in the Union Budget 2022 and alleged that farmers were not getting the Minimum Support Price (MSP). He also said farmers had expectations from the budget and urged voters to raise the issue.
He said, “Farmers had high hopes from the budget and expected to get the benefits. In UP and Uttarakhand, we will distribute pamphlets. We will ask the voters of both the states to question government representatives during the poll campaign.”
He also said payments to sugarcane farmers were delayed instead of the government’s assurance, “PM Modi promised sugarcane payments in 14 days. PM Modi was made to lie. Instead of 14 days, sugarcane payments are being made in 11 months. UP has an issue of sugarcane farmers not being paid. The farmers of Haryana and Uttarakhand are facing similar issues. No one is being paid as per the MSP,” he said.
Urging voters to question candidates, he said, “We request the voters that they must question those who come seeking votes because no one comes to meet the people unless it is election time. They must take their issues to their respective representatives in their own language.”
Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav also hit out at the government and said the Union Budget was an attempt to take revenge on the farmers.
“The government is egoistic, and that’s why such a budget has been introduced. The farmers’ income has not been doubled despite the BJP being in power for over seven years now,” he said.
“The amount allocated to farmers and farming is nothing but the amount which was supposed to be paid to the farmers for their produce. The budget allocation of farmers has been actually reduced,” he said.