Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Jan 2018 15:51:00










HARYANA Government deserves kudos for launching a scheme for giving compensation to vegetables growing farmers if they fail to get remunerative prices in the open market. Farmers suffer losses whenever there is a glut in the market, or, because of the cartel system operated by the traders, who buy crop from farmers at dirt cheap rate and sell it in the market at much higher prices, earning huge profits. The farmers, caught between the devil and the deep sea, often throw away their crops on the road as a mark of protest, and, because they are not in a position to transport the perishable vegetables to other markets. The compensation scheme will thus help all such farmers. While this decision is good, there is a need to find a permanent solution to the problem. A network of roads for speedy transport of goods should be created so that perishable crops reach new markets in time. A chain of cold storages should also be set up across the country to increase the shelf life of perishable goods. A permanent solution to the problem is most necessary for farmers.



VICE-President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu has rightly stressed the need to invest more in the healthcare sector and has urged the Centre and State Governments to take the initiative in this regard. Mr. Naidu has also suggested more private sector investment as well as adoption of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. The PPP model has been widely adopted and very successfully implemented in the infrastructure sector. It could very well find the answer for the large investment that the healthcare sector is in need of with urgency. The private sector has already entered the healthcare sector in a big way and has made all the difference in introducing modern healthcare amenities and latest technologies. Yet it is still out of reach of the middle class and poorer sections of the society, largely catering to the well-to-do classes. It is in this regard that the State and Central Governments, have a greater role to play in modernising public healthcare sector to take care of the medical needs of the not-so-privileged classes in the society.