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Indian Money and Credit

Subroto Roy from The Sunday Statesman, August 6 2006, www.thestatesman.net One rural household may lend another rural household 10 kg or 100 kgof grain or seed for a short time. When it does, it expects toreceive back a little more than the amount lent ~ even if thatlittle amount is in services or in plain goodwill among friends orneighbours. That extra amount is “real interest”, and the percentageof its value relative to the whole is the “real rate of interest”.So if 10 kg of grain are lent for two weeks and 11 kg are returned,an implicit real rate of interest of 10 per cent has been paid overthat short period. […]

The horror comes through

Tavleen Singh Thursday, March 15, 2007 11:23:19 IST http://www.cybernoon.com/DisplayArticle.asp?sectio… Thousands of crore rupees of taxpayers money is being wasted on a public distribution system for the poor that serves not to alleviate poverty but to enrich corrupt officials Every now and then the horror that is India gets exposed from under the shining statistics that tell us that at over 9% annually we are the second fastest growing economy in the world and on the verge of becoming the world’s next economic superpower. Last week the horror came through in two unrelated stories.First, we had the Minister of Agriculture, Sharad Pawar, admit in Parliament that all the wheat that the […]

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 […]

Save Doha WTO seminar evokes farmers protests

MEDIA RELEASE 12 March 2007, New Delhi An International seminar organized by the Commerce Ministry of India under the banner of ‘Saving Doha and Delivering on Development’ evoked protests from several groups including farmers, students unions and civil society organisations. As ministers, corporate lobbyists, academicians and bureaucrats met in the expensive Maurya Sheraton hotel in New Delhi, hundreds of activists congregated outside the hotel demanding their voices be heard. Reports indicate that 200 activists have been arrested and detained at the nearby Chanakya Puri police station. Those arrested include activists from the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Housing Rights Association, Peoples Campaign for Justice and Sovereignty, Youth for Justice and Slum Dwellers […]

Centre serious about implementing Swaminathan report

http://www.hindu.com/2007/03/11/stories/2007031107… S. Rajendran Agriculture Minister Pawar says it has been sent to the Ministries concerned for their views Sharad Pawar BANGALORE: Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Saturday said the Centre was serious about implementing the recommendations of the National Commission on Agriculture headed by M.S. Swaminathan. He told The Hindu here that the voluminous report had been sent to the Ministries concerned, asking them to give their feedback in quick time. “Thereafter, I will place the report, with the views of the various Ministries, before the Cabinet for approval. I am confident that this exercise will be completed in about three months. We are privileged that an international agriculture […]

Save small farmers and public health not DOHA

http://andolan.blogspot.com/2007/03/save-small-far… SAVE SMALL FARMERS AND PUBLIC HEALTH, NOT DOHAStatement of Indian People’s Movements against WTO on the “Save Doha” SeminarThe government of India with NGO’s who have been supporting WTO is organizing a seminar on “Saving Doha and Delivering on Development”. The Doha Round of WTO collapsed in Cancun and has been on life support since the Hongkong Ministerial. No progress has been made because more “progress” in trade liberalisation will devastate the lives of millions more than a decade of WTO has already devastated. More than 150,000 farmers have committed suicide in India due to distortions introduced in agriculture as a result of trade liberalisation. Seed monopolies have pushed […]

Govt ignoring farmer suicides

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Ahmedaba… GANDHINAGAR: A senior BJP MLA from Saurashtra, who resigned from the Modi ministry two years ago, has written a scathing letter to the chief minister complaining of as many as seven suicides by farmers in Amreli in the last three months. Bavku Undhad has bemoaned that the state government has not take cognisance of the growing distress in the rural areas. Undhad wrote the letter a few weeks back, but its details were made known on Wednesday after a verbal duel in the state Assembly with Modi on an issue concerning about his tenure in the government from 2003 to 2005 as youth and culture minister. Belonging to the […]

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 […]

The farmer isn't feeling good

http://vkshashikumar.blogspot.com/2007/03/farmer-i… You are Right, Mr. Advani, The Farmer isn’t Feeling GoodTehelkaFebruary 28, 2004Meeting a group of farmers last week, the Deputy Prime Minister said the rural sector had reason not to feel good. Tehelka correspondents fanned out to figure the truth about the condition of our farmers. A report from India’s crisis-ridden rural heartlands put together by VK ShashikumarTo the passing eye, Harikishenpura in Bhatinda is like any other Punjab village. But linger a moment and you will find something unsettling here, something almost surreal. And soon enough you know why. The village of 125 families has put itself up for sale. “We have asked Raja sahib (referring to chief […]

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 […]

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