On the farmer movement, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “We want the farmers to discuss their issues with the Agriculture Minister.”
Exclusive Interview: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the government wants farmers to make us aware of their concerns and highlight the particular points which they find wrong in the agricultural law. We feel that the protesting farmers have been confused.
- February 2, 2021, 1:48 AM IST
What did the Finance Minister say on farmers’ issues
On the issue of farmers and the deadlock between the government and the Farmers Union on the Minimum Support Price (MSP), the Finance Minister said that this really baffles, since the MSP has been steadily increasing since 2014. In such a situation, there is no reason to doubt the intention of the government. If there is any problem then you should talk.
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The Finance Minister said, ‘We want farmers to discuss their issues with the Agriculture Minister. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself said that he is ready to amend some points on the suggestion of farmers. The government wants the farmers to make us aware of their concerns and highlight the particular points which they find wrong in the agricultural law. We feel that the protesting farmers have been confused. He said that Budget 2021 is an honest effort. Prime Minister Narendra Modi never leaves any opportunity to do anything for the poor and the needy.
‘Not yet seen market reaction’
Regarding the reactions coming on the budget, the Finance Minister said, ‘I have not yet seen the reaction of the market, but hope that people will understand the intention of the government. If I had more resources, we would have made them available to the people, but we did not have much resources nor did we have resources yet. We did not consider raising tax, because we do not want to raise the allocation for the budget by increasing tax. He said, ‘I am criticized for over-estimating the goals of privatization. I believe that the target of privatization of Rs 2 lakh crore has not been achieved.
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Earlier, reading the budget speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, ‘This budget is presented in an environment full of challenges. People lost their lives due to Corona virus epidemic. During this time, we arranged for the money to go to the account of 40 crore farmers. The government announced 4 self-sufficient packages. We put 13 per cent of the GDP i.e. 27 lakh crore rupees in the market.
Please tell that this is the seventh full budget of the Narendra Modi government. In the last 6 budget, the central government has made several big announcements.