Agriculture expert Devendra Sharma told Amar Ujala that the agriculture sector is at the top in terms of providing employment to the maximum number of people in the country. About 70 percent of the country’s population is directly or indirectly associated with agriculture or agro-based industries. If agriculture is made profitable and farmers are given the right of minimum support price, then this can lead to a big solution to the problem of unemployment.
In January last month, the unemployment rate of the country has gone up to 6.6 percent. The unemployment rate in cities has gone up to eight percent and in rural areas to 5.9 percent. Dealing with unemployment is a big challenge for the government. To deal with this challenge, the government has talked about the creation of 60 lakh new jobs in the budget 2022-23. For this, funds have also been earmarked for making huge investments in various sectors. These jobs will be in construction sector, agriculture sector, infrastructure sector, new technology development and other sectors. Opinions of experts are divided on the government’s plan to provide jobs to the unemployed.
70 percent of the population is engaged in agriculture
To make agriculture profitable, there was an estimate that the government may increase the annual financial assistance of the Prime Minister’s Kisan Samman Nidhi, but no such attempt was made. The government has announced some additional funds to increase the funds under MSP, but it is less than last year. The government has definitely talked about promoting organic farming in an area of five kilometers along the banks of the Ganges, but how much it will have on the ground, it cannot be said from now because the government has made many such claims in the last years, but they have not been effective.
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This means that some people in the economy will have a big advantage, while a large number of people are expected to suffer losses. The government has to understand that unless the money goes into the hands of a large number of people, the demand in the market will not increase, and production will not increase due to lack of demand, which may hit the claims of employment generation.
In this way the path of jobs will come out
Gopal Krishna Aggarwal said that under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, 80 lakh houses and other schemes will drive development in many areas including building materials and create jobs in these areas. By giving six thousand crore rupees to the most employable MSME sector, the people of this sector will get huge benefits and new jobs will also be created. The development of 5G technology and e-vehicles will also create new job opportunities. He said that by giving Rs 2.37 lakh directly to the farmers under MSP, the income of the farmers would improve, which would have a better impact on the economy.