Chandigarh: The General Budget for financial year 2012-13, presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday in the Lok Sabha, has failed to bring smiles on the face of farmers in Haryana.

Expressing displeasure over the proposed agricultural announcements made by Mukherjee in the budget, the Haryana farmers has termed it as a mere manipulation of figures in the light of previous year’s budget.

As per the farmers, the proposed budgetary allocation for agricultural sector will prove to be ineffective in bringing remarkable changes in their financial condition. 
Mukherjee has proposed an 18 percent increase in the total plan outlay of the agricultural departments to Rs.20, 208 crore in Budget 2012-13.

Besides, outlay for the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) will be Rs.9, 217 crore from Rs.7, 860 crore in last year.

Highlighting the importance of timely access to affordable and easy loans for farmers, the Finance Minister has proposed to raise agricultural credit target to Rs.5,75,000 crore. Besides, the set up of short term Regional Rural Bank (RRB) Credit Refinance Fund is also on the cards. This will enhance the capacity of RRBs to disburse short term crop loans to the small and marginal farmers.

Mukherjee has also announced a grant of Rs 50 crore to Chaudhary Charan Singh Agricultural University in order to facilitate researches in agricultural field.

Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupendra Singh Hooda has welcomed the budget describing it as pro-people and progressive one which would boost economy and benefit all sections of society.

However, Gurnam Singh, head of a group of Indian Agriculture Union, has expressed disagreement over the budget. “Cases of farmers committing suicides are on high. In such a condition, the budget has been prepared without focusing on improving the financial standards of the farmers,” he said.

Dr. Rajendra Singh, agricultural expert said, “With the huge grant of Rs 50 crore to the university, research studies in the sector is likely to witness a significant improvement.  He, however, highlighted that no specific allocations have been made in other projects of research works in the state. “No specific allocation has made for the research institutions under Indian Council of Agriculture Research, he  asserted.