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Budget 2018: Not possible to double farmers' income by 2022 unless agriculture growth is 12%, says Manmohan Singh

New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said it is not possible to double farmers' income by 2022 until the agricultural growth is 12 percent.

"The government says farmers' income will be doubled by 2022. But it's not possible until the agricultural growth is 12 percent. Until we achieve that ... It is just a hollow assurance," Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad quoted Singh as saying after a meeting of Opposition parties in New Delhi.

File image of former prime minister Manmohan Singh. PTI

File image of former prime minister Manmohan Singh. PTI

"The fiscal deficit seems to have increased," the former prime minister said.

Earlier in the day, Singh said it was to be seen how the government would fulfill its promises.

"I do not think I can blame the budget for being motivated by scoring points in elections, but what worries me is that the fiscal arithmetic is at fault," he told NDTV.

When questioned if the budget was reform-oriented, the former prime minister said the word reform has been used and abused too many times.

"I don’t want to comment on it," he said, asking whether the farm crisis is a thing of the past and if not, what is the strategy to deal with it.


Published Date: Feb 02, 2018 07:50 AM | Updated Date: Feb 02, 2018 07:51 AM

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