What Does The Union Budget 2020 Have In Store For Rural India?

Finance Minister presented the Union Budget for 2020-21 today.

Finance Minister Nirmala Siraraman has declared a 16-point agenda to double up the income of farmers by 2022. It includes encouraging states to adopt modern agriculture schemes, PM Kusum Scheme, appropriate use of fertilizer, special schemes for 100 water-stressed districts, etc.

She said, “The government will help 20 lakh farmers for setting up stand-alone solar pumps and another 15 lakh farmers to set up solar irrigation facilities. Farmers with silos and barren land will be helped to set up solar power units that can be sold through the grid.”

The central government announced to distribute ₹15 lakh crores amongst farmers as a credit in the fiscal year 2020-2021. She said that NABARD would take up an exercise of mapping and geotagging agriculture warehouses, cold storage and other inventory storage. Under the current budget, the government has targeted the doubling of milk production from 53 million metric tonnes to 103 million metric tonnes.

Finance Minister Nirmala Siraraman has declared a 16 point agenda to double up the income of farmers by 2022.

The finance minister has approved ₹3.6 lakh crore under Jal Jivan Mission to facilitate Functional House tap Connection (FHTC) to every house in rural areas by 2025. She further announced to link one lakh Gram Panchayats with Bharat net to improve the digital delivery of service in rural areas. The government has allotted ₹6000 crores for it.

In the current Financial Budget 2020-21, the government has allotted ₹2.83 lakh crore for agriculture and allied sectors which includes ₹1.23 lakh crore for rural development and Panchayati Raj. The Ministry of Rural Development has two departments, which are rural development and land resources.

The government has allotted ₹60,000 PM KISAN Yojna. In 2019-20 Budget, ₹7,500 crores were allocated for the Yojna. PM KISAN is the central government scheme according to which families of each farmer get ₹6000 per annum in three instalments. Under the PM KISAN schemes, the government targeted to cover ₹12.5 lakh small and medium farmers.

Nearly 36 per cent of the total FMCG products are consumed in rural areas. As per the report published by Nileson, in 2019, consumption of FMCG products in the rural areas was lowest in the last seven years. The low consumption of FMCG led to a slowdown in the economy.

As per the economic survey 2019-20, the growth Gross Value Added (GVA) in the agriculture sector and allied sector reduced to 2.8 per cent from 6.9 in 2018-19. The growth in the livestock sector is 7.9 CAGR in the last five years. The livestock sector includes farm animals that help farmers to enhance their income.

(With inputs from agencies)

Similar Posts

A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform Change.org, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on Change.org has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

Bidisha was selected in Change.org’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

Sign up for the Youth Ki Awaaz Prime Ministerial Brief below