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नेहमीची येतो दुष्काळ (Draught is routine)

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 28th February 2013

“नेहमीची येतो पावसाळा” तसे आता “नेहमीची येतो दुष्काळ” असे म्हणायची वेळ आली आहे.

दर ३-४ वर्षांनी एक लहानसा दुष्काळ आणि दर १०-१२ वर्षांनी एक भयावह दुष्काळ, हे असे दुष्टचक्र प्रस्थापित होत आहे. बरं, अशा वेळी सरकार, विरोधक अथवा अन्य कोणाला दोष देऊन उपयोग होत नाही. कारण पाण्याची कमतरता भरून काढणे खिशातून नोटा काढण्याएवढे सोपे नाही. अर्थातच सरकारी दूरदृष्टीचा आणि आत्मीयतेचा अभाव हि गंभीर बाब आहे. परंतु ह्यामध्ये जनतेची, म्हणजेच आपली, काहीच चूक नाही का?

सोपे उदाहरण घ्या,

पूर्वी प्रत्येक शेताला मोठाल्या ताली घातलेल्या असायच्या. आता कुठे आहेत. १ फुटाचा बांध सुद्धा नको वाटतो. अजून बघायचे झाले तर बांधावरील झाडे. संपूर्णपणे गायब झाले आहेत. का? का तर त्यामुळे शेतात ओसावा पडतो. किती क्षेत्र? अगदी नगण्य असे. परंतु असा दुष्काळ पडल्यावर किती क्षेत्र रिकामे पडते? गावांची अवस्था मसनवटयापेक्षा भयानक आहे. रस्त्याच्या कडेला झाडे नाहीत, त्यामुळे पावसाने पडणारे पाणी वाहून तर जातेच पण सोबतच मातीही जाते. शेतांची अवस्था काही वेगळी नाही.

बरं आमच्यासारखा काही बोलला तर त्याला सरळ सुनावले जाते “तुम्हाला काय कळते त्यातले. आमचे अवघे आयुष्य गेले ह्याच्यात. पावसापुढे कोणाचे काही चालत नाही. सरकारने धरणाचे पाणी दिले पाहिजे.”

ह्या सगळ्या प्रश्नांना एकच उत्तर आहे:
प्रत्येक नागरिकाला स्वतःच्या जबाबदारीची जाणीव व्हायला पाहिजे.

सरकारने नक्कीच सकारात्मक भूमिका घ्यायला पाहिजे परंतु नागरिकांचा त्याला प्रतिसाद खूप महत्त्वाचा आहे.

जय भारत!

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Uddhav Thakare, please work for empowerment, freedom, opportunity.

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 4th February 2013

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This is really sickness. They start demanding freebies whenever there is any disaster. But no contingency plan. No plan in place to empower farmers, to make them self dependent.

Lets stop this non sense once. Uddhav Thakare, I don’t support such naive demands. Every time demanding waivers, subsidies sound like beggar than self-respecting human. Where are the real demands for freedom, freedom of expression, freedom of movement, equal opportunity etc..

Jay Bharat!

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Government, Farmers and That FDI [My tweets]

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 15th September 2012

 

Here are some facts about the retailers in the world and my doubts about FDI in retail.

Jay Bharat!

Related articles: FDI in Retail – A macro analysis And

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Dont vote for Congress and NCP, they will ruin our nation

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 22nd April 2012

मराठी मध्ये वाचा (काँग्रेस व राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेसला मतदान करू नका, ते देश बरबाद करतील)

This news is being reproduces here as it is from Vidarbha News. Read original post here (Vidarbha Cotton crisis worsen…)

(Farmer Shri Gajanan Ghatekar's suicide note)

The non-receipt of declared  relief aid to vidarbha cotton even after lapse of four month and sudden crash in cotton prices due on going stringent restriction on cotton export ,three more vidarbha farmers suicides reported today  include one woman farmer ,they are identified as

1.Gajanan Thorat  of Village Garm Mahsal a in Karanja taluka of Washim
2.Kamalabai chavan  of Village Wadner in Kelapur of Yavatmal
3.Gajanan Ghotekar  of Village Kothoda in Kelapur  of  Yavatmal,

informed farm activist Kishore Tiwari   of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti VJAS,

Maharashtra Govt. declared relief aid to cotton farmers of vidarbha in last December 2011 to the tune Rs.2000 crore but till today not single paisa has been  paid to distressed farmers more over suddenly union Govt. Of India on 4th March   impose the blanket ban on cotton export then imposing srigent conditions of cotton export has severely affected the raw  cotton rates  was traded above @Rs.4200/- quintal but after the  export ban brought down @Rs.3400 quintal ,this is reason  to give trigger to restarting farm suicide spiral in vidarbha, Tiwari added.

Deceased farmer Shri Gajanan Ghatekar’s suicide note:

“My tractor was old, it cost me a lot for repairing. My loan account is repayments are delayed, all gold ornaments are sold off. I’m bankrupt, my crop loan is delayed. I’m helpless and very upset so committing suicide. I couldn’t get my daughter married. Please save my family. Don’t vote Congress ad NCP and don’t let your situation to become like me, they will ruin our nation.”

“That was last request made by Gajanan Ghotekar ,cotton farmer of  village kothoda in kelapur taluka of yavatmal district who committed suicide on 19th April night to mounting debt of bank taken for the tractor and non-payment of installments, police has recovered this suicide note from Ghotekar’s  family members  and verifying it’s  hand writing but in last five years lot of suicides notes of cotton farmers who committed suicides alleging state driven wrong policies are recovered but administration failed to take corrective action” Tiwari added.

In India 7 million cotton farmers families cultivating cotton in 12 million hectors from states of  Maharashtra ,Gujrat,AP,MP,Rajthan and Punjab who are in debt trap due to cotton crop failure this year and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has been demanding UPA Govt. to remove all barriers of export in Agri. Products  which is being supported by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prathiraj Chavan, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy but corrupt cartel of commerce ministry has managed to continue the anti-farmer policies which is being reflected in farmers suicides of vidarbha ,our all protest and requisitions are shown dustbin ,this is mouch more humiliating” Tiwari informed.

“All earlier GOM meeting have been high-jacked and Babus involved commerce Ministry and Cotton Advisory Board CAB has been giving fabricated data of national cotton consumption and production  to justify the restrictions imposed for cotton export which are not in line with ground reality .We are till confused to understand the justification to protect finger counting people by pushing more than 10 million agrarian in deep economical crisis ” Tiwari added.

When Indian domestic demand is just 20 million bales as against national production of 33 million bales there is no reason put restrictions when interest of domestic textile mills are fully protected. The decision to ban Indian cotton export is another example rampant corruption going on in UPA Govt. there is big names involved in the sudden export ban will expose the all misdeeds of commerce ministry hence for the first time farmers suicide issue has given focus of wrong policies of state ,we will see that the truth is prevailed”  Tiwari added.

Note: Why am I taking efforts to reproduce this post so openly? Reason: My farther also sowed 3 acres of cotton. In that first he was cheated by seed company due to which the production was meager, after that government banned export of cotton without even asking any objections from farmers. Then middlemen took disadvantage and made the prices fall from Rs.4500/quintol to Rs.3500/quintol causing more unrest. Finally government declared package of Rs.2000 per acre for deceased farmers, but that needed Rs.200 per hectare for registering the claim. And what can be expected from this incompetent and corrupt government we haven’t received a single paisa as of now.

Jay Bharat!

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काँग्रेस व राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेसला मतदान करू नका, ते देश बरबाद करतील

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 22nd April 2012

Read in English. (Don’t vote for Congress and NCP, they will ruin our nation).

हे वृत्त विदर्भ न्यूज वरून जशाच्या तसे तुमच्या समक्ष प्रकाशित करीत आहे. मूळ वृत्तासाठी इथे (एकाच रात्रीत तीन शेतकऱ्यांच्या आत्महत्या) वाचा.

( गजानन घोटेकर या शेतक-याने आत्महत्येपूर्वी लिहिलेले पत्र)

कापूस उत्पादक शेतक-यांना राज्य सरकारने जाहीर केलेली नुकसानभरपाई चार महिन्यांनंतरही न मिळाल्याने हताश झालेल्या यवतमाळमधील दोन आणि वाशिममधील एका शेतक-याने गुरुवारी रात्री आत्महत्या केली. यात एका महिलेचाही समावेश आहे. आत्महत्येपूर्वी एका शेतक-याने ‘काँग्रेस-राष्ट्रवादीला मतदान करू नका’ असे पत्र लिहिल्याने आणखी खळबळ उडाली आहे.

वाशिम जिल्ह्यातील कारंजा तालुक्यातील मासळ येथील गजानन थोरात, यवतमाळ जिल्ह्यातील केळापूर तालुक्यातील वडनेर येथील कमलाबाई चव्हाण आणि याच तालुक्यातील कोठोडा गावातील गजानन घोटेकर या तिघांनी वेगवेगळ्या घटनांत गुरुवारी रात्री आत्म्हत्या केली.

हे तिघेही कापूसउत्पादक होते व त्यांनी कर्जबाजारीपणामुळे आत्महत्या केल्याचे विदर्भ जनआंदोलन समितीचे किशोर तिवारी यांनी सांगितले. गेल्या वर्षी निर्यातबंदीमुळे कापसाच्या किमती अचानक ढासळल्यामुळे कापूस उत्पादकांना झालेल्या नुकसानापोटी दोन हजार कोटींचे पॅकेज देण्याची घोषणा राज्य सरकारने डिसेंबर २०११मध्ये केली होती. मात्र, त्याला चार महिने लोटल्यानंतरही मदत मिळाली नाही. त्यातच केंद्र सरकारने पुन्हा निर्यातबंदी लागू केल्याने या शेतक-यांनी आत्महत्या केली, असे तिवारी म्हणाले.

व्यथित शेतकरी कै. गजानन घोटेकर यांच्या मृत्युपूर्व पत्राचा मजकूर:

“माझा ट्रॅक्टर जुना होता. त्याच्यासाठी रिपेरिंगला खूप खर्च आला. माझं खातं थकीत झालं, सोनंनाणं विकलं गेलं. मी कर्जबाजारी झालो, माझं ग्रामिण बँकेचं पीककर्ज थकीत झालं. मी बेजार झाल्याने आत्महत्या करत आहे. माझ्या मुलीचे लग्न मी करू शकलो नाही. माझ्या कुटुंबाला वाचवा. काँग्रेस व राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेसला मतदान करू नका व माझ्यासारखी स्थिती निर्माण होऊ देऊ नका. ते देशाला बरबाद करतील.”

सूचना: हे वृत्त जाहीरपणे पुनर्प्रकाशित करण्याचे कारण म्हणजे माझ्या वडिलांनीसुद्धा ३ एकर कपाशीची लागवड केली होती. त्यामध्ये त्यांना पहिल्यांदा कपाशीच्या बियाणांमध्ये फसविले त्यामुळे उत्पादन अगदी क्षुल्लक झाले, नंतर सरकारने निर्यात बंदी केली, मग मध्यस्थ टग्यांनी  (व्यापारी/अडती) भाव पडून उरल्या मालाची वाताहत केली, आणि जेव्हा सरकारने नुकसान भरपाई जाहीर केली तेव्हा अर्ज दाखल करून घेण्यासाठी हेक्टरी २०० रुपये घेतले. आणि नुकसान भरपाई तरी किती तर केवळ एकरी २००० रुपये. आणि कहर म्हणजे अजून पर्यंत कसलीही भरपाई मिळाली नाही.

जय भारत!

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How FDI in Retail can ruin Bharatiy Farmers

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 30th December 2011

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… In 1970, hog producers received 48 cents of each dollar spent on pork. in 2000 they received only 12 cents. Prices to consumer did not decrease.

… In 1990 ranchers and farmers received 60 cents of the dollar spent on beef, retailers received 32.5 and meat companies 7.5 cents. In 2009 Farmers received 42.5cent (down by 17.5), retailers 49 cents, meat packers 8.5cents. ..

… 4 pints of milk in UK costs 1.45 pounds and farmer receives 40%(58 pence) of it. Causing a loss of 3 pence per 4 pints. Causing small farmers to close there shops. In Bharat farmer receives 75% of consumer spend on a litre of milk. …

… US farmers received direct commodity subsidies of over $167 Bn in 1995-2010. EU paid farmers direct subsidies of $51 Bn in 2010 alone. So why these big retailers are not helping reduce the subsidies to the farmers. …

…. In Mexico 25% of small farmers are off farming now due to big retail and imports under NAFTA. ….

As mentioned in image above in Europe flow of goods from 3.2 million farmers is controlled by 110 buying desks of big retailers catering to 160 million consumers. Today Bharat has more than 600 million (78% 0f  total farmer population)  small and marginal farmers and a huge consumer base of more than a billion. Now imagine what havoc it may create when our small and marginal farmers will have to compete with bigger farmers of developed nation who fetch huge subsidies from their governments.

32 Lakh European farmers received total subsidy of Rs 26,970 Crores i.e. average Rs 8,41,680 per head approx. Now 21 Crore Bharatiy farmers received total subsidy of nearly Rs. 1,54,000 Crores i.e. average Rs 19,494 per head approx. Now if tomorrow these retail giants start importing (using free trade agreement) from foreign farmers since the prices would much lesser with the help of their governments where would Bharatiy farmer go?

How can Bharatiy farmer compete with rival farmers,
– when basic infrastructure is not in place?
– when rival farmers receive subsidies almost triple the yearly turnover of Bharatiy farmers?
– when crop insurance is not in place?

I’m afraid that such uneven and misplaced competition would lead our farmers off their land into labors jobs since they do not have enough capital and supporting government.

On other hand that farmer’s income will be improved argument fails sharply since even after having established big retailers network the USA and EU is consistently increasing the subsidies to the farmers and still their farmers are into losses. What is the guarantee that FDI in multi-brand retail won’t displace Bharatiy farmers? and put pressure on government to increase the subsidies too?

Lastly, lets not blindly copy paste western models. We can definitely learn from them but by looking evenly at all sides and not just one which is shiny.

Jai Bharat!

Related article: FDI in Retail – A macro analysis, Impact of Foreign MNCs on Bharatiy Agriculture, and Death Knell into the Coffin of Biggest Enterprises Network

Find out yourself Subsidies given in USA

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