National Commission On Farmers
As an Indian Commission, the National Commission on Farmers (NCF) has been playing the key role since its inception towards benefitting the farmers community of this country. This Commission has played several proactive roles to guide Indian farmers to organize them for an additional productivity and output through applying the innovating farming options.
About National Commission on Farmers
Establishment of National Commission on Farmers was a big leap on November 18, 2004 through which the Indian Government offered a right platform to all farmers for the better accessibility of the farming sector. Prominent scholar Professor M.S Swaminathan was assigned to lead this Commission as its chairman. Commission was mandated to work as an observatory body which could suggest proper advices through keeping of consideration multiple priorities from the government’s Common Minimum Program and for the avenues for a concrete outcome of steps taken.
Composition of the National Commission on Farmers
Once the NCF was formally established and the government had mandated it to take the lead by starting work to uplift farmers Commission’s body was composed for its functioning. It was designed with the following hierarchical setup:-
- Commission Chairman – M.S. Swaminathan
- Full-time Members of the Commission – Ram Badan Singh, Y.C. Nanda
- Part-time Members of the Commission – R.L. Pitale, Jagadish Pradhan, Atul Kumar Anjan & Chanda Nimbkar (didn’t join)
- Member Secretary of the Commission – Atul Sinha
The government mandated the National Commission on Farmers to perform its role as an autonomous body and to do the extensive research on the issues which are related to the farmers for a better solution of problems they were facing of entire country. Some of the important mandates which are of the priority are as follows:-
- Plan an all-inclusive medium-term strategy to ensure there is best food and nutrition security options for the farmers
- Workout suggestions and the advises for effective methods that could ease the productivity enhancement through maximum profitability options and to make things stable
- Steps to take for sustaining the major farming systems of the whole country
- Taking steps which collaborate between technology and public policy for the better farming outcomes
- The Commission to suggest perfect measures which attract and retain the well qualified youths of the farming sector
The four consecutive reports which NCF submitted of December 2004, August 2005, December 2005 and April 2006 respectively had many important guidelines of the form of recommendation reports which were advised for implementation. This Commission submitted its final and 5th report on October 4, 2006 which had several unique options and guidelines for the government to ensure the farming sector gets a boost. These reports mainly focused on the multiple issues which farmers would face and they were of the form of guidelines or suggestions for the government to implement for the national goal fulfillment.
Some of the important highlights of the reports submitted to the government were as follows:-
- NCF suggested the government for policy reforms meant to enhance some sort of investments of terms of agricultural researches and to encourage the flow of rural credit to farmers for the overall progress
- Guidance for the formation of special programs that could make dryland farming easier and effective as well
- New measures to enhance the quality and cost competitiveness of all sorts of commodities used for farming purpose
- The government was recommended to implement unique measures which could prove useful for credit, skill enhancement and technological application to empower this sector to the best extent
- Ideas generated to advise methods that could empower elected local body members to play the crucial roles to conserve and improve their condition while promoting the ecological foundations that make agricultural system a truly result oriented option
Implementation of Recommendations
Reports submitted by the eminent agricultural scientist, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan proved beneficial which the government observed and assessed for initiating an option to implement such recommendations of the agricultural sector.
Implementation of various categories of farming of the regions concerned made it effective to plan and explore accordingly. As the chairman of this Commission, Dr. M.S Swaminathan was more famous as "the father of the Green Revolution of India" his recommendations have been welcomed for the best of the agricultural sector of India for that this Commission had important contribution.