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Indian farmers see Modi’s budget as all promise, no delivery

A sugarcane farmer transport’s his canes home in a bi-cycle

By: Eastern Eye Staff

FARMER Ram Pal Singh voted for Narendra Modi’s promise of “better days” in India’s 2014 general election, but he won’t be backing the prime minister again even after last week’s budget promised more aid to the countryside. Growing discontent in rural India, home to two-thirds of the country’s 1.3 billion people, bodes ill for Modi as he tries to bounce back from a heavy defeat in a state election last year in Bihar and build a support base to keep power in the 2019 general election. In an eye-catching announcement, the budget doubled spending on agriculture and farmers’ welfare to…

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