Mumbai : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday criticised the NDA Government for having lost its focus on farmers.
“Our strategy was to provide adequate minimum support price (MSP) to farmers and create a floor by bringing NREGA and other programs that helped poor. Sadly, our current government has lost focus. They have a different focus and they are not focusing on farmers, they are actually putting pressure on them,” Gandhi said during an interaction session with Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies students here.
“One has to have a strategic view not an episodic view of things. You have to develop a strategy and then you have to run that strategy,” he added.
Gandhi further said that the agriculture has become volatile today and it faces serious challenges adding that as a nation everyone has to stand up and support it.
“India used to be an agrarian economy; we have made a slow transition to now knowledge economy and industrial economy. Agriculture, industry, start ups are all connected to each other,” he added.
Asserting that the previous UPA Government had the strategy of supporting the farmers, Gandhi said that NREGA despite getting huge backlash from the corporate helped to shape the growth of the country.
“This could happen because the scheme (NREGA) was injecting cash into the rural community,” he added. (ANI)