Farmers have single-handedly being the spine of this country’s economy, since Independence. National Farmer's Day is celebrated on the 23rd of December to commemorate their contribution to this country. It also happens to be the birthday of the 5th Prime Minister of the country, Choudhary Charan Singh. But this is isn’t just a coincidence!
Farmer’s Day is celebrated on this farmer leaders’ birthday to honor his contribution to the agriculture industry through the reformed policies he implemented for their welfare. In 1979, the budget that his government presented in the Parliament was geared towards farmers’ needs. He took various initiatives for the welfare of the farmers and united the farmers’ community against the landlords and money lenders across the nation. An ardent follower of the slogan “Jai Javan Jai Kisan” originally given by Lal Bahadur Shastri, Singh was an avid writer and expressed his thoughts and concerns on the lives of Indian farmers while simultaneously trying to give solutions to existing problems.
The famous ‘Kisan Ghat’ in New Delhi is dedicated to him for his contribution and efforts.
Debates, seminars, quiz competitions, discussions, workshops, exhibitions, essays, functions etc. are organized by various institutions all over the country especially on agriculture and programmes are hosted to pay homage to this beloved leader.
70 % of the Indian population still thrives on agriculture for their livelihood. Currently, indebtedness is an important factor for the farmers’ suicides and around 52 per cent of the agricultural households in the country are estimated to be indebted. The government of India is trying to take steps to implement effective policies to actively help the agriculture industry.
Here’s to the backbone of our country – our farmers!