| Agricultural policy in India: need for a fresh look (1992) |
The DAPR does not clearly specify the target population. In the DAPR, it is mentioned that the "Government wishes to proclaim a New Agricultural Policy Resolution charting out the future perspective for the development of agricultural sector to meet the socio-economic aspirations of the Indian people (emphasis ours)" (p.1). Immediately thereafter, it is stated that "The Policy Resolution seeks... to build a vibrant agricultural economy for securing a better life for the farm community" (emphasis ours) (p.1). From these two statements, it is not clear as to whose aspirations are to count the most-Indian people’s or the farm community’s. It is necessary for the policy makers to clearly specify the target population as policies aimed at serving the aspirations of Indian people may not, and in most cases will not, best serve the interests of the farm community. In our opinion, subservience of the farm community’s interests should be the first charge of agriculture and therefore the farm community should be the target population of the DAPR. The farmer should be the main focal point of the new agricultural policy and his all-round development its overriding goal.