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We need price de-regulation

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 30th September 2011

Farmer’s suicide stories are endless like Hanuman’s tail. It will continue to grow despite all debt-waivers, schemes, awards. If government is willing to solve this problem then they must accept that there is one. And problem is that we have worst policies in place. Governments archaic pricing policies must go away, we need price de-regulation. 

For example, the Agricultural Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme in 2008 by UPA, Free electricity announcement, state controlled agricultural produce market yards, National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, etc.

Though I’m against any waivers because, I think anything free paralyzes economy. If we look at result of any of the schemes above, its evident that all of them were just poll gimmicks. Debt waiver helped mostly farmers from western Maharashtra where the debt wasn’t any issue. compared to Vidarbha (e.g.). So the suicide belt could not get the help required. Then the free electricity scheme in Maharashtra, a complete misnomer. What government did that supplied 3-phase electricity only for 8 hours in summer when crops need much more watering. Even today also we have 3-phase electricity only for 12 ours.

All these idiotic decisions weren’t enough that UPA introduced NAREGA. This created an artificial employment scarcity especially when they needed most. The labors demanded double the wage for 7 hour work with 1 hour lunch break that means 6 hours of effective work. But at the same time they forgot to take care of market pricing. So I call NAREGA as anti-development.

I remember for past 5 years onion prices are in the same range of Rs. 5-7 at the yield time but input costs have more than doubled over the same period. Just for example 5 years ago daily wage for a farm women labor was Rs.40-45 today they demand anything above Rs.100.

We need MSP and crop insurance.

Friends, current political parties have no competency and inclination to solve the problems they are rather interested in quick fix. I decided to replace them and I’m on my way. Whats your take?

जय भारत!

Related Posts: Farmer’s right to decide price

EDIT: After few years on this I realize price intervention from govt is problematic. As it is false assumption that govt has ability to derive rational price. Market is the true force to decide price as per demand and supply. If price is higher for basic commodities govt can subsidies the weakest section (which must be revised every year).

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कड्याची दुर्लक्षित देशमुख गढी, वाट पाहते आहे जीर्णोद्धाराची

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 19th September 2011

कडा: बीड जिल्ह्यातील नगर-बीड रस्त्यावरील कडा ह्या गावी एक १७ व्या शतकातील गढी आहे. हि गढी देशमुखांची आहे असे समजले, फारच जुजबी माहिती मिळाली. मला हे माझे कर्तव्य वाटले कि निदान कृषिदेश वर मी हि माहिती लोकांना द्यावी.

मी पश्चिम महाराष्ट्रात ठीक-ठिकाणी गेलो त्यावेळी आढळले कि निदान त्या भागातील लोकांनी अशा वास्तू जतन केल्या आहेत आणि शासनानेही कमी-अधिक फरकाने का होईना ध्यान दिले आहे. पण मराठवाड्यात ठिकठिकाणी हीच बोंब. अनेक ऐतिहासिक ठिकाणे उपेक्षित आहेत आणि वाट पाहतायेत जीर्णोद्धाराची.

आमचा आष्टी तालुका हा वारसा गमावेल असेच वाटतेय. लवकरच प्रशासन आणि कडा ग्रामस्थांनी लक्ष दिले नाही तर हि वास्तू काळजमा होऊन जाईल.

मी प्रत्येक्षादर्शी टिपलेले काही छायाचित्रे खाली आहेत.

विशेष म्हणजे १९९२ सालीच इतिहास संशोधन आणि पुरातत्त्व खात्याने येथील कागदपत्रे जमा करून घेतले आणि त्यानंतर अपेक्षेप्रमाणे काहीच पाऊल उचलले नाही.

जय भारत!

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Why my decision to challenge them is DAMN right

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 19th September 2011

Almost everyone is aware of the suicide wave among Vidarbha cotton growing farmers since 1995. Read this, get more information about farmer’s suicide in Bharat.

Now that UPA government has banned onion export since last 10 days onion farmers are forced on the brink of bankruptcy. They are facing the toughest of their times again. This year rain was good and they are celebrating it with pinch of salt and hope that all will be well. And the hell happened to the onion growers.

I’ve fact file with me, yes my, parent’s, own case to share with you. Do read and share this story to understand pain of Bharatiy small and marginal farmers.

Onion Farm

My parents sowed onion seeds in December 2010. Then they cultivated onion saplings in January 2011 in total area of 3 acres. Seeds, sowing, fertilizers, pesticides, watering and labor charges accounted for more than Rs.30000 per acre that is total Rs. 90000. After removing the onion from the fields in last week of April 2011 and 1 week of May 2011 they spent Rs. 32000 on grading, storage, transport, labor for all yield. 3 acres yielded onion produce of nearly 25 tons. If we calculate total expenses from sowing till storage of 3 acres of onion it accounts to Rs. 122000 (excluding my father-mother’s labor, land rent).

In farm production cost of onions to farmer Rs. 4.88 per Kg.

When you want to take it to the market you’ll have procure gunny bags at Rs. 25 per bag of 55-60Kg. i.e. 45-50paise per Kg. Then you would take those bags to market that depends of the market distance from your place, they pay Rs.10-15 per bag for filling and Rs. 20-25 for carrying to market, i.e. 60-70 paise per Kg. Now when you take the produce to agriculture markets they levy ‘n’ number charges like Commission (6% flat), Cleaning charge(1%), showing charge(1%), weighing charge(1%), labor charge(20 paise per Kg). This adds another Rs. 1-1.5 to the total cost.

Now, in market cost to farmer 4.88+0.45+0.60+1=Rs. 6.93 per Kg

At that time the prices in the market were around Rs. 5-7 per Kg. Let me add one more catch here, traders/agents never pay uniform price to total produce. They make 3 gradings of it and will pay say Rs.7 to 60%, Rs. 5 to 30% and Rs. 4 to 10%. If farmers sell at this price he will lose from his pocket let alone getting anything for his labor and land.

So to make some money he takes risk of storing the onion produce on the face of Monsoon. Which most probably turns suicidal for small and marginal farmers.

This year too my parents did same, only to discover that UPA govt banned export to make onion prices fell from Rs.10-15 per Kg to Rs. 3-5 per Kg.

This led to rotting almost 40% produce in the whole process, my mother and father both cried like child then. It was very depressing for me to console them. I hate Congressi (all UPA allies) thugs at helm. And I’ve decided rightfully to replace them.

I’ve taken pictures and videos of rotten onion. Look for yourself.

जय भारत!

P.S. I’ve given up my full-time job, business 3 months before to get into politics and I think I’m damn right in taking that decision. Even my parents, whom I’m the only support, has lend their support whole heartedly. More praises for them.

Related Article: Why farmers commit suicide.

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व्यवसायिकतेचे धडे

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 17th September 2011

व्यवसायिकता

धडा १: तुमच्या मालाच्या/कामाच्या मागणीचा आढावा नक्की घ्या.

तुमच्या ग्राहकाला गृहीत धरू नका. भारतीय ग्राहक खूप जागरूक आणि चोखंदळ आहे.


धडा २: ध्येय आणि उद्दिष्टे स्पष्ट असावेत.

कुठलाही व्यवसाय घाई-घाईत सुरु करू नका. आणि तुमच्या मनाला वाटतं यशस्वी होईल म्हणून तर मुळीच करू नका. तात्पुरत्या नफ्याकडे पाहून दूरदृष्टी सोडू नका. अति घाई संकटात नेई.


धडा ३: लहानातून मोठ्याकडे.

म्हणजेच सुरुवातीलाच जागा, उंची सरंजाम ह्यांच्या नादी लागू नका. गरजेपेक्षा जास्त मोठी जागा भाड्याने अथवा विकत घेऊ नका. सरसकट गुंतवणुकीपेक्षा खेळतं भांडवल असू द्या. काटकसरीने खर्च करा.


धडा ४: तुमचे चित्त ध्येयाशी संलग्न असावे आणि कृती उद्दिष्ठांशी.

कुठलेही काम फक्त तात्पुरती आर्थिक कोंडी सोडविण्यासाठी स्वीकारू नका. ध्येय आणि उद्दिष्ट्यांवर लक्ष केंद्रित करून तुमच्या कामाची ओळख निर्माण करा. ध्येयाशी कधीच व्यभिचार करू नका.


धडा ५: तुमचे ध्येय सहज साध्य होतील अशा लहान गटांमध्ये विभागून त्यासाठी कार्यपूर्ती काळ नियोजित करा.

लहान उद्देश सहज साध्य होतात आणि त्यामुळे आत्मविश्वास वाढतो. आकडेवारी मध्ये गुंतून राहू नका तो स्वप्नवत खेळ असतो. त्यामुळे लक्ष लहान ध्येयांवर केंद्रित करा.


धडा ६: स्वतःची बलस्थानं आणि कमजोरींची माहिती असू द्या.

तुमच्या व्यवसायासाठी काय गरजेचे आहे ते शोधून काढा. नंतर तुम्हाला काय येते आणि काय येत नाही ह्याची यादी तयार करा. भविष्यात होऊ शकण्यारे बदल आणि वाढणाऱ्या गरजांची माहिती ठेवा.


धडा ७: स्वतःचा अमुल्य वेळ येत नसलेल्या गोष्टींमध्ये दवडू नका, ताबडतोब तज्ञांची/जाणकारांची मदत घ्या.

सगळ्याच गोष्टी आपल्याला येत नसतात आणि त्या करण्याचा प्रयत्न म्हणजे मोठ्या प्रमाणावर वेळ वाया घालविणे. फक्त माहिती असू द्या म्हणजे कोणी फसविणार नाही. व्यावसायिकता म्हणजे प्रभावी पद्धतीने आणि पूर्ण कार्यक्षमतेने गोष्टी पूर्णत्वास नेणे.


धडा ८: अंतर्गत दबाव असू नये.

वैयक्तिक, कौटुंबिक, सामाजिक दबाव असता कामा नये. नाही तर मुख्य कर्म राहते बाजूला आणि अशा फुटकळ गोष्टी संपूर्ण उर्जा वाया घालवितात.


धडा ९: जगणूक आणि स्वयं आधार प्रथम.

कमीत कमी ६ महिन्याच्या खर्चासाठीची बचत गाठीला असावी. त्यामुळे तुमचे दैनंदिन वैयक्तिक आणि कौटुंबिक खर्चाचे ओझे तुम्हाला जाणवणार नाही.


धडा १०: कोणाचीतरी वाट पाहण्यात वेळ दवडू नका.

मदतीसाठी कोणीतरी येईल ह्याची वाट पाहण्यात अजिबात वेळ व्यर्थ घालवू नका. लोकांशी बोला, चर्चा करा आणि त्यानुसार तुमच्या सद्सद विवेकबुद्धीने निर्णय घ्या. निर्णय सर्वस्वी स्वतःचा असावा. सल्ला ऐकून वापरायचा कि नाही हे स्वतः ठरावा.

नोंद: स्वानुभवातून

जय भारत!

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Politics, Inseparable part of Citizens of Democratic Nation

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 16th September 2011

Swatantrya never comes free. Swatantrya can never be kept for free.

Today I’m making myself available for full-time to active politics for development of my nation Bharat.

My aim would be to fight for empowerment for rural Bharat.

I will work for improving rural infrastructure (backbone of economy), education, employment/entrepreneurship. This does not need to be for any particular caste, creed, race or religion. Since poverty never shows mercy.

As my senior friend says Reclaiming Bharat one-step at a time, this is my first step to reclaim Bharat.

I’m joining Chanakya Institute of Public Leadership for its second batch from 10th October 2011.

Up until July 2011 I worked for Cognizant Technology Solutions as IT Professional. I worked in IT for nearly 5 years. Along with full-time job I worked for iKnowledge Academy as visiting trainer/mentor for 2.5years. And finally on 15 July 2011 made myself free from the daily routine. Its not that I’ve earned a lot to support my aspirations, its also not that I’ve inherited huge assets.

Sincerely:

Its my passion, and commitment to social cause and patriotism well supported by parents (Bai- Appa), my elder sister Asha (her name says it all) and my to be wife, Rekha (Getting married on 1st October 2011). They stood by me to help me get rid of all my loans and regular expenses. I’m indebted by their herculean gesture. My younger sister Usha and cousin sister Poonam too believe I can be the catalyst. My uncle and to be in-laws too decided to stand by me.

Its not just my immediate family but my friends and mentors too, who continuously inspired and guided me through various situations. Like Shri Shantanu Bhagwat, Shmt Akalpita Paranjape, Shri Sanjeev Sabhlok who took time and effort to help me. Friends like Avinash, Bhupendra, Saroj, Mahesh, Prasanta, Swarup, Subhash Pakhare always inspire and believe in me for my genuine feelings towards the nation. Especially, Avinash is the man who keeps saying always “Go for it, you can do it. We need people like you to go there”.

Veterans like Shri Raju Parulekar, Shri Shailesh Pandey, Shri Ranganathan, Shri Devdutt welcomed my move and lend a hand of support in future.

Last but the most important Shri Radhakrisna Pillai and Shri Jagdish Shetty directors of CIPL Mumbai. Shri Shetty interviewed me and offered this opportunity to study ancient wisdom of Bharat blended with modern politics.

जय भारत!

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औदुंबर – बालकवी

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 11th September 2011

ऐल तटावर पैल तटावर हिरवळी घेऊन
निळासावळा झरा वाहतो बेटाबेटांतुन

चार घरांचे गाव चिमुकले पैल टेकडीकडे
शेतमळयांची दाट लागली हिरवी गर्दी पुढे

पायवाट पांढरी तयातून अडवी तिडवी पडे
हिरव्या कुरणांमधुन चालली काळया डोहाकडे

झाकळूनी जल गोड काळिमा पसरी लाटांवर
पाय टाकु नी जलात बसला असला औदुंबर

- बालकवी त्र्यंबक बापुजी ठोंबरे

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