With less than two weeks to go for the Union Budget, Sangh Parivar outfits have presented a long wishlist and claim that the should government implement them to ensure a politically prudent and inclusive growth-oriented Budget.
Towards this goal, Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), the economic wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has said that the government should bring about efficiency in the distribution of subsidies and check tax evasion to mobilise resources.
The Parivar’s farmers’ union Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) warned the government against going ahead with the changed land acquisition law.
“The Land Acquisition Bill will be dangerous for the farmers. The government should not go ahead with it in the present form,” Prabhakar Kelkar, general secretary of the BKS said.
The BKS, which has been fighting against the alleged anti-farmer policies of the Central and the state governments (including those are ruled by the BJP), wants the government to create a land bank and allow the farmers to lease the land to industry.
Ashwani Mahajan, national co-convenor of the SJM, said the government should not give any more concession on foreign direct investment (FDI) to the multi national companies. He added that the government should take action against those who were evading taxes and correcting them could be a major source of resources. “There is already an inquiry and the action should be there on those who are evading tax. The government should expedite cases are pending before the court as well as the income tax department on evasion of tax,” Mahajan said.
According to the SJM, disinvestment, which has been a major source of income generation should be used only for asset building. “You don’t sell family gold to buy grocery,” he said.
On subsidies, the SJM, which had publicly protested against the economic policies of the Vajpayee-led NDA government and the current dispensation, wants the government to improve the efficiency in distribution and give the subsidies directly to the farmers.
The SJM wants the government to increase health budget to 2.5 per cent of the GDP and while hoping that the government should commit to protect the present patent regime.
BKS asked the government to increase the Budget allocation in agriculture sector, make diary products duty free, announce a university for organic agriculture and ensure urea for farmers. “Even as agriculture accounts for almost 14 per cent of the GDP, the Budget allocation has been just 1 per cent. This is a sector which has been neglected for the last 20 years,” Kelkar said.
The SJM suggested that the ‘Make in India’ programme should be made village-centric and ban corporates from entering into the village industries
The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the trade union wing of the RSS, has asked the government to increase the wages of Anganwadi and MGNREGA workers, treat contract workers on a par with the regular workers in government and PSUs and increase the income tax ceiling.