The Indian farmers have always been at the receiving end since Independence. Their hard toil fetched them nothing except fake assurances from the rulers of this nation. It’s sad and unfortunate that people who are indispensable for the growth of nation have been left to their fate. This is quite evident from the suicide cases in Andhra and other parts of the country including West Bengal. In state like UP middlemen and Mandi officials ensure that the farmers turn into object of grief. The need of the hour is implementation of schemes introduced by the government. This can take place effectively if the village panchayts are provided more power to execute them in smooth manner.
Today bureaucratic set-ups eat into their advantages. Again farmers need to be equipped with latest technological accessories that enhance the prospects of better output and thus make their contribution more prominentin the global economy. Better results could be attained if information centers having state-of-the -art facilities are set-up inside each village that shed light on issues related with farmers. Let’s not forget that they form the backbone of the nation and so it becomes imperative for us to be conscious of their needs.
Why does not government come out with plans, which prevent the farmers from being swayed by negative market forces? It’s the responsibility of the government to provide better living standards to the poor farmers, saving them from the clutches of middlemen and unpredictability of weather. The rhetoric hell bent on ‘intellectualizing everything’ is not the solution for problems ailing the farmers. Their grievances can’t be tackled without bonding with them at the grass root level.
Sadly, little thought has gone into providing them better facilities to wipe out problem haunting them. The wealthy farmers may be in a position to pitch in better facilities for themselves but the farmers belonging to lower strata have always found themselves in turmoil. Their lives trapped between usurious moneylenders and unscrupulous buyers turn into saga of miseries and frustrations. It’s time to bail them out from harsh ground realities.