The Indian farmer…a most neglected category

Recently the news appeared in many papers and social media. A farmer travelled 70 kilometres with his 512 kg of onions produce to the  (Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC). was rewarded with 2.49paise after mandatory deductions for loading, transport, labour etc. The trader  had purchased his onions at Re 1 a kg.The payment too was with a post dated cheque. SHOCKING, SAD, DISGUSTING…..many more words come to my mind but this is the truth of today’s Indian farmer……a group of genuine hardworking poor sincere and honest folks who are today driven to suicides as nature plays havoc with their crops, their toil and produce is paid peanuts. How do you expect them to survive , how will they even take care of their basic needs in such conditions. The government cares two hoots, the media highlights stories for TRP, people read it, feel sorry, pass a few comments and soon again the sorry state of the farmers is forgotten.

The farmers are the reason we have our food, they toil hard, face the vagaries of nature, they are the unseen heroes that feed all of our population. Yet they are the most uncared for. Why can’t the government provide minimum support prices, why doesn’t the government take steps to ensure such incidents never happen…….simple….the governments don’t care….the elected representatives do not care………… Well when the gods don’t care why would the governments.

They toil so that we don’t sleep hungry

Instead of shedding crocodile tears when farmers commit suicides let hope the gods put some senses into the government heads so that atleast now they take necessary steps to ensure the farmers are taken care of.


Published by Dr. K Anil Roy

Medical doctor, partly atheist but believes there is a god, anti establishment, renegade, proud to be an Indian, an awakened one,!! Tolerant to criticism

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