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Death Knell into the Coffin of Biggest Enterprises Network

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 29th November 2011

How government is, at first, planning to render the farmers jobless and then spending exchequer’s money to make them employable labors at industries to be setup?

  1. More thank 2.5 Lakh farmers committed suicide in Bharat since 1995. [Read stats]
  2. Maharashtra is leading the chart by accounting for more than 30% suicide cases.
  3. Through policy of freebies, NREGA, controlled market government has paralyzed the farming community.
  4. On one side our food production is not enough e.g. pulses, cereals while whatever being produced is of less nutritional values.
  5. PM lost his sleep when a person was arrested under the charges of terrorist activity in Australia. But he does not talk about 70-75Crore farming population’s agony. Without fail he says there is 70% excess human resources in farming, on what basis he made this statement? Is he following the designs of making this nature loving, agrarian economy into an urbanized industrial economy which will be dependent on foreign countries for food at the end of the day?
  6. I do not oppose promoting modernization or industries but making policies to exploit one section to serve other isn’t a leader is expected to do.
  7. P. Chidambaram propose to convert land owners into industrial labours by acquiring land, setting up businesses and then employing the land owners as labours. For that he propose to setup 1000 training schools. This all on the suggestions of world bank. Did he bother to go and ask the farmers for that matter? No he did not.
  8. Sole question is why not to promote agriculture to the fullest through farmer friendly policies. If at all you want to setup industry have the land owners as partners, share earning with farmer.
  9. E.G. At my in-laws village there is one farmer family who earn Rs. 1Cr per year from pomegranate orchard of 9 acres. Can Mr. MMS and Mr. PC make sure that he will continue to earn this much after industry setup? Not just that my in-laws earn Rs.10-13 Lakh per year in Sugar cane crop from 6 acres while having the luxury to eat fresh vegetables and freedom from pressure. Will he be able to maintain this lifestyle?
  10. Kautilya has clearly asked to develop rural area through agricultural economic activities. Gandhiji too asked for “Gram Swaraj”. And this Harvard/Cambridge tribe of politicians want rampant urbanization that too on behest of world bank/IMF. A question arises then for whom are the policies? are they for us or the IMF/World bank?
  11. Kautilya has emphasized on Aanvikshiki (Philosophy) at the start of the book. Because he want the King/Leader/Minister to be a person with logical reasoning.
  12. Kautilya repetitively speaks about sustainable development. If food is imported then how can it be sustainable?
  13. Kautilya talks of Association with elders and continuous learning. Our politicians seem to be forgetting the importance of the thoughts proposed by our elders and wise at various times.
  14. Society has to become duty centric by shunning right seeking attitude, since exploitation is not a way of human life, exploitation is barbarism.

जय भारत!

 

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Farmer’s “Right To Decide Price”

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 24th July 2011

I’ve always been wondering about the way prices are decided for farm produces. I’m a farmer’s son and have witnessed the helplessness of the farmer very closely when some people decide the price for the produce bellow expectation/production cost. So by selling their produce at lower cost they incur heavy losses. Forget about profits it becomes very difficult even to recover investment cost, and self labor cost.

Just consider this for a while, you are working at some place and the compensation you receive is not even able to cover your costs of basic needs then how long would you prefer to be at that work without any hope? Whenever you go for interview you people first talk about the salary; negotiate and then only agree to work together. But when it comes to farmer’s produce all but they can decide their produce pricing.

Whats the solution? If we can have “Right to Education”, “Right to Information”, “Right to Freedom”, “Right to Expression” etc. Why not “Farmer’s Right to Decide Price”.

It ain’t a big expectation since all big business houses enjoy this liberty. Take example of Coca-cola, Colgate, Ponds, Lux, Reboke, Nike, Tatas, Ambani, etc. Whats the difference between these big business houses and small farmers (though I don’t consider farming merely a business since it helps you live better, its a great service to human being)?

My expectation is simple: “Farmers Right to Decide Price must be recognized”.

What right does govt have in fixing price for my produce? If they feel certain class is not able to eat that food due to price they can subsidies them directly but must refrain from controlling prices of my produce. Surprisingly they don’t control prices for the produce/service of the big business houses. E.g. recently de-controlled petroleum prices.

P.S. I know my English skills are average but I hope I’ve clearly said whats rightly mine.

Jai Bharat!

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How many farmers committed suicide since 1995?

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 23rd July 2011

This poll is to gauge the awareness about the serious issue of Farmers Suicides in Bharat.

Please do not use Internet search to find the answer, if you don’t know please select ‘don’t know’.

PS: No personal information would be shared with anyone.

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Farmers Suicide – So true and touchy

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 25th March 2011

Saint Soldier feat Sukhraj – Farmers Suicide

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What will I do with the money? Eat it? – A farmer

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 1st October 2010

Industrializing India leaves little room for farmers

Courtesy- (Reuters)

Jagdishji Vaghela is one of hundreds of thousands of farmers standing in the way of India’s breakneck economic expansion.

Determined not to give up his land for an industrial park in the western state of Gujarat, the 55-year-old farmer scorns at talk of how the benefits of industrialization in Asia’s third-largest economy will trickle down to people like him.

Despite a nearby plant producing what is touted as the world’s cheapest car, he pointed to a water-logged track leading to his village. “What is this development they are talking about? Look at the road, it’s completely flooded,” Vaghela said.

“I won’t give it (land) away. If we give it what do we do? We will have to search for jobs, but even they are not available.”

As India industrializes rapidly, resistance from farmers such as Vaghela and rows over acquisition of farmland for industry have become a sensitive issue in a country where two-thirds of the 1.2 billion population is dependent on agriculture.

But Vaghela knows his options are limited.

Farm income is declining, his crops have repeatedly failed and if he holds out too long, he risks having the land lose its value as it remains a land-locked enclave between factories.

The uncertain future he and other farmers like him across the country face has led to a string of violent protests against attempts to acquire land for factories, power plants or roads, posing a risk to India’s economic ambitions.

“The bigger picture is that land is an issue. It is one of those areas that India needs to up its game,” Kevin Grice, senior international economist at Capital Economics in London, said.

“India scores relatively poorly and it is due to micro issues like land, red tape and cumbersome laws,” he said, referring to India’s 133 position in the World Bank’s ranking of ease of doing business.

While few believe foreign interest in India will taper off, these issues could delay a much needed acceleration in the amount of foreign investment pouring into the country.

BREWING DISCONTENT

How India soothes the discontent brewing amongst the tens of thousands of farmers may determine the economic and political future of the country where the rural population is a crucial vote base for both ruling and opposition parties.

Mindful of the social and security concerns, top ruling politicians have said acquisitions should skirt fertile and productive land, and farmers ought to be adequately compensated and offered alternate jobs.

The issue may become a political hot potato this year, with the ruling Congress party championing farmers despite clamor from industry and investors to make it easier to acquire land.

Vaghela says he and his fellow villagers had high hopes when Tata Motors decided to set up in Sanand the plant that builds the $2,500 Nano car, after huge protests forced India’s top vehicle maker to relocate in 2009 from West Bengal state.

“We had great expectations from the Nano plant, that we’d get money, we’d get jobs. But what has come out of it? None of our people have got jobs. We don’t have the qualifications.”

Protests can scupper projects, as Vedanta Resources discovered last month when the government shelved the UK-based miner’s $9.6-billion plan to mine bauxite on lands in the eastern state of Orissa held sacred by indigenous groups.

Other high profile projects, like those by top steelmakers ArcelorMittal, POSCO and Tata Steel to set up mills, too have been held up as they face problems in getting land from farmers.

Under the current law, the state can take over any land for a public purpose with little compensation.

Protests against land acquisitions are not new in India, but have become more visible recently as the economy grows at its fastest pace ever and as income inequalities widen.

But there is growing realization that compensation must be adequate if industrialization has to proceed smoothly, with the government considering changes that will offer the owners market rates and even equity stakes in the industries being set up.

RISKS FOR INDUSTRY, GROWTH

Land promises to be a politically charged issue in crucial state elections this year and next, especially after the ruling Congress party backed farmers protesting against a highway being built on their lands in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

At Sanand, the government had initially faced protests, but much of it has calmed down after it hiked compensation by a third to nearly 4.86 million rupees ($105,000) per acre.

While this might be a fortune for many where annual per capita income is $3,100, the figure hides the fact there are many people dependent on the same plot of land and farmers have mortgaged land and racked up debt with usurious moneylenders.

In Siyawada village, Kanjibhai Parmar, the 60-year-old patriarch of a seven-member household, has just inked his approval for handing over nearly 13 acres of land.

Over two-thirds of that land is with a moneylender, whose dues have doubled to 600,000 rupees in two years. He borrowed the money after his crops failed repeatedly.

“The government has opened up one more way to survive, selling off our land. Else we would have mortgaged it,” he said. “With the money, we will repay our debt, buy a tractor and get land elsewhere.”

But for smaller farmers like 40-year-old Nanjibhai Karsanbhai, who has 12 family members on his 7-acre plot, there will be little left over to purchase land.

“I have no other land, I won’t give it up,” he said. “What will I do with the money? Eat it?”

Welcome your comments about the Industrialization and Agriculture in Bharat.
Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan.

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Rahul Baba, IPL3, MNIK-Movie and Massacre of farmers begin

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 10th February 2010

Ref-vidarbha agrarian crisis-2010 PRESS-NOTE Dated-09th feb.2010
– Six vidarbha Farmer Suicides reported in last two days due to Drought :VJAS urged Indian Agri. Minister Sharad Pawar to look at dying (read killing of) vidarbha farmers in place of IPL-3 Cricket .

Vidarbha farmers suicide spiral is likely to restart after the MH State Govt. declared drought in 14,059 villages in vidarbha due to complete crop failure that has increased despondency and gloom as six more farm suicides reported in last two days in west vidarbha ,three are from yavatmal district ,two from akola and one from wardha ,these are district which are covered under mega multi thousand crore Prime Minister Relief Package being implemented sine july-2006, informed Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti in press note .

The innocent farmers who killed themselves in last two days are due to vidarbha agrarian crisis

1. Chandu rathode of mohdari in Yavatmal
2. Gajanan manchelwar of pandharkawada in Yavatmal
3. Gajanan wankhede of Asara in Yavatmal
4. Vinod kale from Nindipeth in Akola
5. Manoj more of unkhed in Akola
6. Raju bobde of sawli wagh in Wardha

Recetaly maharashtra Govt. has declared more than 140000 villages of vidarbha as drought hit after last Anewari (crop yield estimate) given administration has been shown around 45% that’s complete loss cotton crop in the region.
As per administration reports these villages have been facing following problems
1. Water,
2. Fodder,
3. Food and
4. Employment

Even after these problems till date not a single district administration has started relief work. This is resulting in migration of thousands of farmers in search of work and food.
Ground condition is worst than June-2006 and now it’s time for Indian prime minister to revisit the Vidarbha in order to take review of his relief package,Tiwari urged.

VJAS urged Indian Agri. Minister Sharad Pawar to look at dying vidarbha farmers in place of IPL-3 Cricket.

Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti in letter to faxed today to agriculture minister sharad to pay attention to the severe agrarian crisis of maharashtra and spare some time from his busy schedule of IPL-3 cricket.

It has long pending demand of vidarbha dying farmers to have fulltime Agriculture Minister who can attend issues of free health care, food security, rural employment, fodder to save dying cattle ,drinking water to rural masses and cattle on priority basis so that prevailing acute distress can be minimize and farmers suicides can be controlled,Tiwari said.

I urge to BJP, Shivsena and MNS leaders please set up a fight against government policies in order to bring in the changes needed to resolve to farmer crisis. This issue is far more important, morally correct and importantly politically correct. Also it is far better than fighting against MNIK-My Name Is Khan (carry on that too with your wish but consider this one too).
Dear Congress leaders please pay attention to this matter as well. Will earn you more votes and respect in “aam aadami” (if aam aadami’s definition includes farmers too). No one would threaten/hurt Rahul Gandhi for sure if he takes some steps to solve this problem.
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When will all this stop? Can we do something?
Can we propose solution to this matter with some rigorous discussions? I think we can. Then lets offer some solution.


Here is what I think:
1. Survey the water resources, soil quality in these areas.
2. Solve the problem of food and drinking water on priority.
3. Stop BT Cotton seed and promote traditional seed.
4. Raise the minimum support prise for cotton, soyabin, onion, sugarcane…
5. Offer insurance at minimum premium to farmers with every loan
6. Make arrangements local Krishi Market at each taluka level.
7. Eliminate the dalals or bring in transparency.
8. Set up separate department for organic fertilizers development

जय भारत!

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