‘Not possible to double farmers’ income by 2022’

Manmohan Singh Pti L 1

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As Finance Minister Arun Jitley, during his budget speech promised to double the farmers’ salary by ’22, our Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh calls it ‘not impossible’ until the agricultural growth is 12 per cent.

"It's not possible to double the farmers’ income by 2022, until the agricultural growth is 12 per cent. It is just a hollow assurance," Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad quoted Singh as saying after a meeting of opposition parties.

"It seems that the fiscal deficit has increased," the Ex-Prime Minister said.

Earlier in the day, Singh said it was to be seen how the government would meet its given words.

"I do not think I can blame the budget for being motivated by scoring points in elections, but what worries me is that the fiscal arithmetic is at fault," he told NDTV.

When questioned if the budget was reform-oriented, our former PM said the word reform has been used and abused too many times.

"I don’t want to comment on it," he said, asking whether the farm crisis is a thing of the past and if not then how to deal with it.

 

(With agency inputs)

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