Topic: Agriculture – Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices
5) Examine the key findings, recommendations and relevance of the National Commission on Farmers. (250 Words)
Why this question?
Very important concept to learn. It’s often in news whenever there is debate on agrarian crisis.
Key demand of the question:
Direct question: findings, recommendations and relevance. Give more weightage to recommendations part.
Examine: inspect what’s already there. However, in relevance part, you should present facts from current affairs to support its relevance.
Structure of Answer:
In the introduction write in 1-2 lines about timelessness of Dr Swaminathan’s report in the Indian context. Write a line on need for implementing its recommendations.
In the body, in THREE main parts, examine and present findings (data mainly), recommendations (try to categorise if possible – Pricing related, Crop pattern related etc) and the Relevance part – write various farm movements and their demand for implementation of the report, provide data to show dismal state of agriculture (hence relevance).
In the conclusion, write about the political will (need for it to implement recommendations). Or sarcastically write a line such as need writing off farmers loan rather than rich corporate’s debts.