New Delhi, March 24
Rajya Sabha member Deepender Hooda today sought compensation and jobs for the families of farmers who died during the ongoing agitation against the three farm laws.
Initiating a discussion on the Finance Bill, Deepender took on the government on unemployment, rising inflation, deteriorating economy, and increasing income inequality.
He said the policies of the government had led to a collapse in demand, unemployment, inflation and increased income inequality. Direct tax collections had collapsed and the government was forced to put heavy taxes on petroleum products to make up for the revenue shortfall.
“When our economy was struggling due to coronavirus, farmers saved the country’s economy but the government reduced the budget of agriculture,” he said.
“You promised the country’s farmers to double their income by 2022 to win the 2019 elections. By 2022, the income of the farmer should be 16,000 per month. We have nine months left. How will the government double the income of farmers? The government does not have a breakup and clearly lacks a plan. The only way to double the income is for the farmer to get twice the price of his produce,” he said.
2014 onwards, the MSP of crops increased by 30 per cent, and diesel price by 94 per cent.
“India ranks second to Russia in income inequality and is going to take the first place as the wealth of India’s billionaires grew by 35 per cent even as the rest of the country was facing a serious economic crisis,” he said.