People want food, clothing and housing to be affordable RSS
New Delhi, Jul 23 (PTI) RSS General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said on Saturday that the link between inflation and food prices needs careful consideration and stressed that people want that food, clothing and housing are affordable as these are basic needs.
Hosabale also credited all governments till date for making India self-sufficient in agriculture. He stressed that while the essentials should be affordable for everyone, farmers should not bear the brunt.
He was speaking at an international conference on agriculture organized by RSS affiliate Bharatiya Kisan Sangh along with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and the Bharatiya Agri-economic Research Centre.
Rashtriya leader Swayamsevak Sangh’s remarks come amid intense attacks on the central government by opposition parties over the issues of rising prices and the imposition of GST on basic food items such as flour and curdled milk.
Referring to a presentation made by Amul Managing Director RS Sodhi on the link between inflation and food prices, Hosabale said: “The issue of the link between inflation and food prices should be given serious consideration”.
“In the presentation it was suggested that people are willing to pay more for industrial products but not for food products…it is obvious that people want food, clothing and housing to be affordable because this are basic needs to live,” Hosabale said. while adding that cooperatives can play a big role in this regard.
Speaking about the growth of the agricultural sector, Hosabale said, “Over the past 75 years, the development of agriculture is a matter of pride for all of us…India has become an exporting nation (of food grains) from a begging bowl.
“India has not only become self sufficient in grain but can also send to other countries and for that credit goes to all governments till date, scientists and farmers.”
Stressing the need to elevate the stature of farmers, Hosabale said a movement is needed to make farming attractive which will also help curb the rapid migration from villages to cities.
“There is no guaranteed income for farmers and their livelihoods depend on many external factors such as rains. There are challenges such as rising input costs.
“But what I see going down is a farmer’s social status in society. Even in government functions at the lowest level, I have seen lawyers and school principals being invited but not farmers. “, did he declare.
He added that there should be more focus on rural industrialization which can prevent unplanned migration from villages to cities. Institutes such as the NCRI launched by PV Narasimha Rao need to be strengthened.
Noting that Indian farming practices have always been ahead of the times, Hosabale said that students of agriculture also need to learn about India’s ancient knowledge systems that had the best traditional farming practices. PTI JTR JTR RT