AIKS terms Union Budget as `anti-farmers`

Last Updated: Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 17:16

Jaipur: Terming the Union Budget 2010-11 as
"anti-farmers", All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) today demanded
immediate withdrawal of increase in customs and excise duties
on fuel, constitution of a price stabilisation fund and a slew
of other measures.

"The Union government is going full steam ahead with the
Neo-liberal economic policies. The budget aims to promote
corporate agriculture in place of peasant agriculture," S
Ramachandran Pillai, President of the All India Kisan Sabha,
told reporters here.

"Agricultural production and increase in productivity is
impossible without ensuring cheaper inputs, as well as
remunerative prices for agricultural commodities," he said,
adding these concerns were ignored in the Budget.

The Budget had reduced food subsidy by over Rs 400 crore
even as prices of essential commodities were shooting up, he
said.

"The budget proposals will aggravate the loss making
nature of agriculture and increase the livelihood expenditure
of the peasantry. This will generate a crisis of subsistence,"
Pillai said.

The government, which provided tax benefits to corporate
sector, had imposed indirect taxes on the common man, he
added.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 17:16

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