'Unplanned lockdown is worsening farmers' condition': Shashi Tharoor

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The minister said that the economic packages provided by the government have given nothing to the farmers. “They need help!” he posted.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2020 14:50 IST

 Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. File photo: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. (PTI)

The coronavirus lockdown has pushed India’s farmers in debt and has broken the supply chain, Congress MP and senior leader Shashi Tharoor said on Wednesday. Taking to Twitter, Tharoor said that the farmers’ condition is worsening due to the “unplanned lockdown”.

“The condition of our farmers is worsening thanks to the unplanned #lockdown & completely broken supply chain. Last harvest didn’t yield good monetary value since farmers unable to sell,” Tharoor’s tweet read.

The minister also added that the economic packages provided by the government have given nothing to the farmers. “They need help!” he posted.

The condition of our farmers is worsening thanks to the unplanned #lockdown & completely broken supply chain. Last harvest didn't yield good monetary value since farmers unable to sell. They are heavily in debt &Govt's package provides them nothing. They need help! #किसान_के_बोल

— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) June 10, 2020

Tharoor called for the elimination of the middlemen who he said “are profiting at the expense of our sweat-stained farmers”.

“Why should they buy the farm products and exploit both growers and consumers?” he questioned.

The Congress leader said that the Food Corporation of India should purchase directly from farmers. The move will “give the aam aadmi cheaper food if parasitical middlemen are eliminated!” he said.

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