RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat said in a conclave of businessmen and industrialists in Mumbai that farm loan waiver was not a permanent solution to agricultural distress. He termed it “quite right” only for providing urgent solution to farmers.
Bhagwat was speaking as the chief guest at an event organised by Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (MACCIA) in India’s economic capital.
He said the need of the hour was to streamline the entire agriculture sector so that it would become profitable in the long-term.
“The loan waiver is quite right for their (farmers’) relief, but it is not a permanent solution. They (farmers) should get crops in sync with their labour and they should also get rightful returns (on agri produce),” Bhagwat said.
“The need of the hour is to streamline the entire agriculture sector so that it could be turned into a profitable proposition in the long-term. In this process, the business class should extend their support to them (farmers) and help them avail of the benefits of technology and research,” the RSS chief said.
He also said the country was “lagging behind” in utilisation of technology and research in the fields of agriculture and industry.
“Our country desperately needs technology and research to advance productivity in the fields of industry, trade and agriculture. But unfortunately, we are lagging behind too much in utilisation of technology and research in these fields,” he said.
Bhagwat’s remarks came on the heels of the BJP-led Maharashtra government announcing a mega loan waiver to the tune of Rs 34,022 crore, days after farmers held protests in various parts of the state.