25 May, 2020
7 Min Read
Hardly the 1991 movement for Agriculture
The reforms in agricultural marketing are no more than reiterations of earlier pronouncements
The announcement of reforms in agricultural marketing by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in May, has been hailed by some as the “1991” moment for agriculture. While it does not mean much on the ground, it has successfully managed to deflect attention from the pittance offered by way of fiscal support to the agricultural sector, as a part of the grand fiscal package announced by the Prime Minister. Even then, the reforms are no more than reiterations of earlier announcements.
The three reforms regarding agricultural marketing were the reforms in the
APMCs and changes by States
The Bihar example
Decline in demand
Increase fiscal spending
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