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Resoulutions passed in 35th National Convention of Bharat Krishak Samaj

http://raagbhairav.blogspot.com/2007/03/resolution…The 35th National Convention of Bharat Krishak Samaj was held at Erode (Tamilnadu) from 17th to 18th February, 2007. The following resolutions have been passed:Minimum Support PriceThe minimum support prices (MSPs) of different crops estimated by the Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices (CACP) and subsequently endorsed by the government are low and not remunerative. There is a need for up-gradation of the methods for estimation of real cost of production and arriving at the real remunerative prices. The process should be transparent and open to farmers.Scrap SEZs, promote AEZsGovernment should scrap all Special Economic Zones set-up on farmlands acquired from farmers against a mere compensation. SEZs should not be […]

Beware money-lenders: help the farmers

http://www.centralchronicle.com/20070312/1203282.h… The law enforcing agencies would now onwards keep an eye on the money-lenders. The Central government, concerned over suicides by farmers on a large scale, has taken the issue seriously and going to the root of the problem. The Centre would soon issue directives to the Chief Ministers of the state governments for taking stern action against the erring money-lenders. It may be noted that Maharashtra which has reported maximum number of suicides by the farmers, has already initiated steps in this direction. According to the Union government, the farmers get entrapped into the hands of the wily money-lenders and when they fail to pay the instalments, the interest […]

Budget 2007 is an exit budget for farmers, says Devinder Sharma

Express News Service Ludhiana, March 7: Well-known activist, and Director, Forum for Biotechnology and Food Security, New Delhi says the Budget is an exit-budget for farmers. “This budget does not want the farmers who earn their livelihood. This budget wants them to give up agriculture,” said Dr Sharma, who was in PAU today to deliver a lecture. “The intention of the government help the farmer can be gauged from the fact that farmer suicides continue despite the so called futuristic budgets,” he said. Ridiculing Dr Manmohan Singh announcement of a grant for Vidharbha and subsequent claim that the impact of it would be visible in six months at farmer suicide […]

Neoliberalism and the Ideology of the cancer cell: Growth for the sake of profit

http://www.counterpunch.org/sainath03062007.html By P. SAINATH “As Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel laureate, said, “Faster growth rate is essential for faster reduction in poverty. There is no other trick to it.” So said India’s minister of finance, P. Chidambaram in his budget speech. Drawing on his words must have seemed a politically correct thing to do. Mr. Chidambaram might want to add another quote to his cupboard. This one from the late Edward Abbey, environmental activist and writer. “Growth for growth’s sake is the ideology of the cancer cell.” Few things grow as relentlessly as that cell does, with such fatal results. As the cancer of neo-liberalism claims an ever-higher toll, its […]

Governor vows relief measures for farmers

http://www.gulfnews.com/world/India/10108367.html By Akhel Mathew, Correspondent Thiruvananthapuram: Farm sector figures as the main thrust area of Kerala’s 2007 budget session that began yesterday. In his policy speech to the 12th session of the assembly, Governor R.L. Bhatia stressed that the crisis-ridden agriculture sector, which reported recently a string of farmers’ suicides due to financial troubles, would top the government’s priorities. The governor also focused on the need to concentrate on agriculture-related areas and “sunrise” fields like information technology and tourism. Bhatia declared the year ‘Haritha Varsham’ (year of agriculture). Aid would be made available to farmers in Palakkad and Idukki districts. A special council would be formed for the welfare of […]

High inflation result of wrong policies

http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?… Tall promise of providing farm credit at 7% in last year’s Budget stayed a pipe-dream, writes Narendra Modi The Union Budget for 2007-08, including the Railway Budget, has failed miserably in providing the necessary impact for growth initiatives to the economy. It is often stated that India lives in villages. More than 60% of the common man earns their livelihood in rural India, but their share in the nation’s GDP is less than 20%. Therefore, the first and foremost task for the Union finance minister should have been to suggest measures for improving agriculture productivity for food grains, pulses and oil-seeds; so as to raise the farm income by […]

At the margin of economic boom

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/life/2007/02/2… Rasheeda Bhagat There is a growing chorus against the viability of Indian agriculture. A checklist of concerns and a wish-list for Budget 2007… The tottering Mulayam Singh government in Uttar Pradesh faced another blow last week as 35-year-old Maniram, a farmer from Mahoba district, tried to immolate himself even as the UP Chief Minister was thundering at a rally in Mahoba: “Not a single farmer has committed suicide in UP during my regime and those making such claims are Opposition-sponsored agents. Farmer suicides are taking place only in Congress-ruled states like Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.” Maniram sustained over 50 per cent burn injuries and was in a serious condition. […]

India Not Shining?

http://meeashutoshboltoy.blogspot.com/2007/02/indi… There have been a lot of dissapointing news for the nation in the past month or so:1. Farmer suicides -> Despite government interventions, farmers in Vidarbha and elsewhere continue to kill themselves. Reasons? Governments not doing enough to solve their problems. Aam admi’s party no longer cares for the poor. Solutions? Eliminate private money lending. Do away with BT Cotton and similar sinister schemes. Waive farmer loans in a manner similar to that of waiving industrial loans.2. Inflation -> Spiralling costs of essential commodities. Reasons? Might be out of the control of the government. Solutions? No short term remedy in sight. Medium and long term controls already in place. […]

India-the land of contradictions

From Alternative Perspective by Madhukar ShuklaNOTE: 1 crore = 10mn; 1 lac = 0.1mn; $1 = about Rs.45India is world’s 2nd largest exporter of rice, and world’s 5th largest exporter of wheatOver past 5 years, on average 15,000 farmers have committed suicide every year (i.e., 4-5/day) due to poverty and indebtness. An Indian farmer household has an average debt of Rs 12,585 – 82% farmer households in Andhra Pradesh, 74.5% in Tamil Nadu, 65.4% in Punjab, 61.1% in Karnataka, 54.8% in Maharashtra, etc. live in debt.India is world’s 2nd largest fruit and vegetables producer, and the largest producer of milkOne third of India’s population goes hungry to bed everyday.India is […]

India Shining: What about Rural India?

http://justbasics.blogspot.com/2007/02/india-shini… If you are one of those people, who are sick and tired of listening to “India Shining Stories” despite the growth not bringing about basic changes you had expected to be associated with an economic powerhouse – you will probably like where I am going with this. Over the last few days I have been reading a lot about the Great Indian Corporate Shopping spree. What Lakshmi Mittal started last year with Arcelor, has seen several follow-up acts such as the Tata-Corus deal, Birla’s Hinduja takeover of Novelis and the Hutch deal with Vodafone. I wondered how much of Atanu Dey’s introduction to RISC (Rural Infrastructure & Services Commons) […]

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