5) Despite a number of on-going schemes for agriculture, doubling farmers’ income remains a distant dream. Discuss the steps taken by government for doubling farmers’ income and furthermore what needs to be done to realize the vision

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5) Despite a number of on-going schemes for agriculture, doubling farmers’ income remains a distant dream. Discuss the steps taken by government for doubling farmers’ income and furthermore what needs to be done to realize the vision. (250 Words)

The Financial Express

 

Why this question

Recent farmers’ agitation in Maharashtra has again brought the plight of farmers to the forefront. It is thus prudent to analyze whether the vision of doubling farmers’ income will come to fruition or not.

Key demand of the question

The question is quite straightforward in its demand. It expects is to answer the steps taken to double farmers’ income. More marks in this question is contingent on writing the names of quite a lot of schemes and quoting from documents of Niti Ayog and Economic Survey. The second part expects us to plot a way forward where we can take help of recommendations (or sense) of Ashok Dalwai Committee and Niti Ayog papers.

Directive word

Discuss – .Mention in detail along with the names of schemes the steps taken. Quote from reports and policy papers on steps required

Structure of the answer

Introduction- In the introduction, talk about the need of the vision and what it represents.

Body- Discuss the steps taken to double farmers’ income and write the way forward. Before writing about the additional steps required, talk in brief about the issues with the steps taken so far. You can write in points by dividing into subparts like irrigation related, insurance related, infra related etc

Conclude by giving the issue a bigger picture – of food security and human rights and highlight the urgency in the situation.