Q&A: M S Swaminathan, member of NAC

M S Swaminathan, member of the National Advisory Council and father of the Green Revolution, tells Business Standard that the government’s allocation for agriculture is insignificant

Doesn’t the Union Budget reflect a new focus on agriculture?
I have got tired of this kind of lip service. In the last budget there was an announcement to encourage 60,000 villages to grow pulses. But the allocation was so small that each village would have barely got Rs 50,000. Revenue foregone in corporate taxes is Rs 3.75 lakh crore and you give Rs 300 crore for a second green revolution. It is all lip service!

Read the full interview on Business Standard.


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