Allahabad: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday advocated "honest efforts" for achieving the "revolutionary target" of "land to the tillers" so that those who toiled in the fields took keen interest in increasing agriculture production.
"I think that those who toil in the fields should be
given adequate wages and they should also be given due share
of profit earned from enhanced produce to improve their
economic status so that they take keen interest in agriculture
production", Kumar said in her convocation address at the
centenary celebrations of Sam Higginbottom Institute of
Agriculture, Technology and Sciences here.
She said "agricultural labourer is the real farmer. With
their hard work, we are able to grow crops but they do not
have land. Land to the tillers - this revolutionary target
should not fade away. This should be achieved honestly".
The Lok Sabha Speaker said "it is in the agricultural
sector only that the battle for long-term economic development
will be won or lost".
Describing agriculture as "the lifeline of rural India",
she lamented "it has not been given adequate attention" and
"consequently, it could not contribute to the GDP in its
Kumar pointed out that India has come a long way since
late 1960s when "the country was compelled to import
foodgrains from America under PL-480 scheme" and her late
father Jagjivan Ram took over as the Minister for Food,
Agriculture and Irrigation amid "challenging times of a