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Do you think shifting to DBT for food and fertilizer subsidies may do more to bridge the gap with the doubling of farmers’ income goal? Give your opinion with suitable justifications.

Topic: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.

5. Do you think shifting to DBT for food and fertilizer subsidies may do more to bridge the gap with the doubling of farmers’ income goal? Give your opinion with suitable justifications. (250 words)

Reference: Financial Express 

Why the question:

The explains that the latest reforms are a significant step forward, but shifting to DBT for food & Fertiliser subsidies may do more to bridge the gap with the DFI goal.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain the idea of shifting to DBT for food and fertilizer subsidies and in what way it may lead to better achievement of the goal of doubling farmer’s income in the country.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start by explaining the recent reforms and steps taken by the government amidst the current lockdown situation owing to the pandemic woes.

Body:

First explain the importance of agriculture to the country. Agriculture matters not just for food security, but also for the good of the large masses of this country, given almost 44% of the country’s labour force are engaged in agriculture. Highlight the issues pointed out by the author in the current proposed reforms by the government. Discuss the idea of shifting to the DBT methods in food and fertilizer subsidies; explain the advantages of switching to such methods.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.