The historic farmers’ agitation against the farm Bills pushed by the Modi government was a desperate fight back against what was being touted as Indian farming’s “1991 moment”. The Bills would have made farmers directly negotiate with private corporations instead of the mediation of a state-regulated marketplace. It took about 750 deaths and a year-long militant agitation for the government to finally retreat.
The Union Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare had 20 schemes under it, but now only three are running. The Animal Husbandry Ministry has scrapped important schemes like Dairying through Cooperatives and National Dairy Plan-II. Now, only three out of 20 schemes — Krishonnati Yojana, the Integrated Scheme on Agricultural Cooperatives and the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana are being run by the Agriculture Ministry.
Read and download the report card here: Farmers’ Report Card 2014-24