'Too much of democracy hampers reforms'
New Delhi: Niti Aayog chief executive officer, Amitabh Kant, stoked controversy on Tuesday after saying at an online event that it is difficult to carry out tough reforms in India as "we are too much of a democracy".
Kant said that "too much of democracy" makes it difficult to carry tough reforms in India, while those reforms are needed to make the country competitive. It is not easy to compete against China without hard reforms, Amitabh Kant added. The agriculture sector needs reforms and it is very important to understand that MSP (minimum support price) mechanism and mandis will continue to operate, he said, speaking about the ongoing farmers' protests. However, farmers must have a choice to sell their products as they benefit from this, he added.
The farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been protesting for the last three weeks, in demand for abolishing the new agriculture laws. They claim that the new laws will corporatise the farm sector and will deprive the farmers of the benefits of MSP. Though the central government has reiterated that MSP will remain in place, the farmers are asking for a written assurance.
Cartoonist: Satish Acharya