"This is a good budget for the rural economy in the long term - water conservation measures, increased renewable energy, and improved cold chain facilities will boost farmer income as promised. However, more needs to be done to boost the rural income and the urban poor income in the short term.
FM reiterated the commitment of doubling farmers' income by 2022. The Government has announced comprehensive measures for 100 water stressed districts.
The Jal Jeevan Mission also places emphasis on augmenting local water sources, recharging existing sources and will promote water harvesting and de-salination. The move to raise fish production to 200 lakh tonnes is proposed by 2022-23 is positive and will encourage solutions such as Jalsanchay Super."