Empty promises

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In March, when thousands of farmers in Maharashtra marched from Nashik to Mumbai to protest against the government's anti-farmer policies. Photo: Prashant Waydande

Scenes from the nationwide 10-day strike in June against the Centre’s anti-farmer policies: dairy farmers spilling milk in Pune. Photo: PTI

Scenes from the nationwide 10-day strike in June against the Centre’s anti-farmer policies: A vegetable vendor at Azadpur Mandi, Delhi. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

The timing of the Modi government’s announcement of a hike in the minimum support prices for kharif crops suggests that this may be another of its tall claims not backed by the financial allocations needed to deliver on them.
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