The Samyuakt Kisan (SKM) has strongly condemned the Agricultural Ministry of the Central government for allegedly surrendering funds to the tune of Rs 105543.71 crore allocated during the last five years to the ministry for development of agriculture sector.
SKM has been formed at National Level by several farmers’ unions to highlight various issues related to the farming community and had launched a month’s long struggle to force the Union government to withdraw the tree farm laws.
In a press statement the SKM spokesperson said, “SKM strongly condemns such a criminal act of betrayal of the interests of farmers of India which shows utter insensitivity of the BJP led government to the distressed farmers.”
Accusing the Central government it said, “The real intention behind this is to hand over agriculture to the corporate sector as the Central government has not addressed the demands raised by the farmers like increased allocation for support price for various crops and allocation of funds for agriculture infrastructure development, expansion of irrigation and for research – extension”.
Dr Vijoo Krishanan, Secretary of All India Kisan Sabha and one of the active members of SKM said, “As per a report of the Agriculture Ministry for the year 2022-23 about farmer’s welfare reveals that the Central government has surrendered Rs.105543.71 crore during the last five years since 2018-19 which was allocated for the Ministry of Agriculture”.
Strongly condemning the act, the SKM has decided to raise this issue at different levels and has appealed to the farming community to support the struggle against the Central government.