TN farmers' outfit urges centre to implement Swaminathan report

Coimbatore
12 Jul 2017

A farmer's body in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday urged the Centre to expedite implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations to alleviate the plight of farmers, who have been facing serious economic crisis for the last few years. Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi had time and again assured that the right minimum (RPT) minimum support price (MSP) would be fixed for farmers' produce on the lines of the recommendations, the NDA government had so far failed to act, Federation of Tamil Nadu Agriculturists Associations secretary, S Nallasamy said here in a statement.
With farmers in Tamil Nadu struggling for survival due to three consecutive droughts, bringing agricultural activities at a standstill, implementation of the recommendations would give them much needed succour, he said.
Nallasamy said though farmers had requested successive governments to implement the Swaminathan Commission report, submitted in 2005, the BJP-led government had implemented the seventh Pay Commission to government employees, thus again neglecting farmers, who are the backbone of the nation.
The then Manmohan Singh government also had put the n report on the backburner and implemented the sixth pay Commission, Nallasamy said.
Considering the plight of farmers across the country, the Modi government should implement the Commission's recommendations at the earliest, he said. (PTI)