New Delhi: The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) while acknowledging the recent award of the Bharat Ratna to Choudhary Charan Singh and Dr. M S Swaminathan, has expressed concerns regarding its timing and potential interpretations.
In a press statement received by Ziraat Times, AIKS has also expressed concerns about what it called non fulfillment of the promise of doubling of farmer income in the country.
Coinciding with the upcoming general elections, the decision raises questions about its objectivity and potential influence on voters, AIKS said.
It also highlighted the ongoing challenges faced by farmers, including the tragic loss of life during the 2020-21 protests and the plight of families awaiting compensation.
The organization urged the government to prioritize addressing these concerns and fulfilling previous commitments, such as implementing key recommendations from the National Commission on Farmers.
While acknowledging the promises made in the BJP’s 2014 manifesto regarding agricultural profitability and support, AIKS highlights the gap between these promises and the subsequent actions of the government.
The organization particularly pointed to the lack of loan waivers for farmers, contrasting it with loan write-offs for corporations, and the recent budget cuts in agricultural sectors.
AIKS emphasizes the legacy of Choudhary Charan Singh and Dr. M S Swaminathan as advocates for rural development and farmer well-being. The organization expresses hope that their values will guide future policies to ensure a more equitable and sustainable agricultural sector for all, the statement added.