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SAVE FARMER—SAVE WORKER RALLY

Posted by ajadhind on December 6, 2008

Challo Delhi! Challo Delhi!! Challo Delhi!!!

Why Crores of Farmers in an Agriculture Dominated Country are submerged in Debt?

Why Lakhs of Farmers are forced to Suicide?

We want Reply from the Indian Government!

Dear Friends,

Our country is considered as agriculture dominated country. But over last 50 years our rulers has destroyed our agriculture under a deep rooted conspiracy. Instead of encouraging self-reliant agriculture they have promoted pro-capitalist- imperialist agriculture policy. Firstly, they humiliated peasants and agriculture workers by declaring agricultural activity as un-skilled lobour. Their entitlement of labour was devalued and by curtailing their entitlement, capital was accumulated for industrial and urban development. For the workers of state and organized sectors, policy of `one earner in one family’ was followed, but the people associated with agricultural farming and unorganized sector were denied this basic human and constitutional right. Consequently, gap between urban-rural areas and organized-unorganiz ed sectors became wider; there by socio-economic inequalities unimaginably increased.

During last six decades, different political parties and their alliances came into power and promised for land reforms, but even today most of the agricultural lands are still under the grab of landlords. In the name of rural developments, successes of white, blue, yellow and other revolutions were claimed, but in reality all governments have ignored and destroyed agricultural sector. Whatever agricultural policies they followed, have further ruined the agriculture of the whole country. On the one hand cost of agriculture inputs rose drastically and on the other there was no any significant increase in the prices of agricultural produces. So, agriculture has converted into a profession of deficit. Consequently, agriculture growth rate got badly affected and contribution of agriculture in GDP slashed down drastically. In 1947 contribution of agriculture in GDP was almost 65%, today it has fallen down even below 17%. According to an estimate of National Agricultural Commission and Vision 2020, this share will get down to 6% by the year 2020, while dependence of population over agriculture will still remain up to 60%.

Similarly, the availability of food grains in our country is also decreasing continuously. In 1991 there was 177 kg. of food grains available per head, today it has reduced to about 150 kg. Only. Currently, in average 50% peasants of our country are under debt trap. In states like Punjab and Andhra Pradesh 80% peasants/farmers are under debt. In our country laws related to agricultural debts are very stringent and peasants are bound to pay compound interest and even more than that of the principal amount. In case if they are unable to pay back the loans, their property is confiscated as a penalty and further they are badly humiliated behind the `Civil Jails’. Due to all these systemic cruelties, today the food-provider of our country is forced to face hunger and to commit suicide. According to government estimation approximately 1.5 lacks of peasants have committed suicides during last 15 years. Recently, central government has announced some increments in support prices of agricultural produces and remitted of some institutional loans, but even than their destitute and cases of suicide have not halted.

The condition of landless and agricultural labourers who play important role in agricultural farming is also much worrisome. As promised by the various governments, they have not been provided either agricultural lands or minimum wages. Till today, no central wage act has been framed for these unorganized agricultural labourers and so-called Employment Guarantee Scheme has become irrelevant due to wide scale corruption and favoritism.

By the implementation of the policies of globalization, liberalization, and privatization and by entering into WTO, capitalist-imperial ist intervention and plunder have increased in our agriculture sector too. During the era of Green Revolution, new seeds, developed techniques and use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides were promoted, but now lacks of acre of agricultural land is being given to big multinational companies for building Special Economic Zones and mega projects, as well as in the name of diversification and export-oriented agriculture. For the benefits of these companies new provisions of `contract labour’ and `corporate agriculture’ has been incorporated in National Agriculture Policy. Very recently, for making organic fuel cultivation of Jetropha is being stressed. Many multinational companies are being invited for agricultural research and they have been permitted to produce genetically modified seeds, which are harmful for health and environment.

Under the guidance of WTO, Indian government has drastically reformed internal market policy, exim policy as well as procurement policy in favor of multi-national companies. They have removed quantitative restrictions and curtailed down tariff rates. Consequently, large quantity of food grains and other eatables are being imported. There has been massive penetration of big domestic and foreign companies in the areas of grain procurement, food processing, retailing, bulk trading and storage. The government has established Commodity Exchange for them, so that they could make huge profits by speculation and future trading of agricultural produces. In this way, our agriculture, which is the single source of the survival of our large part of people, are being transferred into the hands of domestic and foreign companies.

In this situation, it is the duty of all the communities involved in agriculture, and also of their organisations to organize massive mass movement against anti-farmer- anti-worker policies of the government. The Farmer-Worker Rally is being organised only with this very aim. We call upon all the pro-people organisations, specially farmer-worker organization, to make this Joint Rally successful by actively participating in it in a massive way.

OUR DEMANDS:

1. Impart agriculture a status of skilled work and determine the equitable entitlement of peasants and agricultural workers

2. Fix remunerative prices for all the agriculture produces. Involve farmers’ representatives while deciding the Support Prices, and strengthen, democratize and widen the government procurement system.

3. Implement vigorously all the land reform laws on the basis of `land to the tillers’.

4. Include right to work in fundamental rights and provide employment to all needy people.

5. Stop corruption in Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme; guarantee 365 day work under this Scheme and fix the wage at Rs.150 per day.

6. Increase the Minimum Wage rates for agriculture workers and make concrete arrangement for its implementation.

7. Abolish anti-farmer – anti-agriculture worker National Agriculture Policy, Patent Act, Seed Bill, SEZ Act and other Acts.

8. Throw out multi-national companies from agriculture sector.

9. Stop contract farming, corporate farming and future trading of agricultural products.

10. Ensure agriculture loans for the farmers, maximum at the rate of 4% per annum on simple interest. Abolish the system of compound interest and punish those who have recovered interests more than that of the principal.

11. Ban the seizure of property, civil jail and other humiliating punishments, given to the farmers who are unable to pay their loans.

12. Compensate properly to the families of peasants who have committed suicide due to the burden of debts and losses in agriculture.

13. Ensure at least 15% amount of total plan expenditures for agriculture sector and make arrangement of fertilizers, seeds, pesticides, irrigation, electricity and agricultural instruments at reasonable rates.

14. Take effective steps to counter calamities like flood, drought and insect attacks. Implement the crop insurance policy strictly in all states and areas, and provide proper compensation of crops affected by various calamities.

15. Ensure proper arrangements of education, medical facilities, water, electricity, latrines and other public facilities in rural areas.

16. Ban the production, sales and cultivation of Genetically Modified seeds with immediate effect.

17. Expand and consolidate the Public Distribution System and make arrangement of providing grains to all needy families at subsidised rates.

18. Give proper attention to agriculture science and research and revoke the “Agriculture Research and Knowledge Initiative” agreement with the USA forthwith.

19. Guarantee the safety of Adivasis’ and forest dwellers’ right over forest and land. Stop displacement in the name of development.

20. Stop making amendments in land laws in order to handover lands to Special Economic Zones and mega projects. Ban the purchase of agriculture lands by the rich persons, who are involved in non-agricultural businesses.

21. Guarantee the right of people on water, forest and land.

22. Come out of World Trade Organisation.

23. Stop importing grain and other agriculture produces. Stop the sale of Pepsi-Coca like harmful drinks.

24. Stop corruption and price rise.

25. Stop state repression on farmer-agriculture worker movements. Repeal all the cases related with farmer-agriculture worker movements, and release unconditionally, all the arrested farmer leaders and activists.

ORGANISED BY

Sub-committee on Agrarian Crisis

PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC FRONT OF INDIA (PDFI)

Participating Organisations:

B.K.U. (Ekta), Punjab, B.K.U.(Krantikari) , Punjab, Bhoomiheen Kisan Sangharash Samiti, UP, Mukti Vahini, Mainpuri, (UP), BKU, UP (Harpal Singh), BKU, Haryana (Fateh Singh Arya), Jan Mukti Morcha, Ajamgarh, (UP), Kisan Sangram Samiti, UP, Mazdoor Kisan Ekata Manch, UP, Bihar Kisan Samiti, Janwadi Mazdoor Kisan Sabha, Bihar, Janwadi Mazdoor Kisan Sabha, Jharkhand, Bhartiya Krantikari Jan Morcha, UP, Shkhawati Kisan Manch, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh Rythu Coolie Sangham (B. Satyanarayana) , Andhra Pradesh Rythu Coolie Sangham (M.V.Reddy), Andhra Pradesh Rythu Coolie Sangham(Ramesh) , Telangana Raitanga Samiti, Rayalseema Nikara Jalala Porata Committee, AP and

Kirti Bhatta Majdur Union, Punjab

Printed and Published on behalf of Rally Organizing Committee by Dr. Darshan Pal, H.No.900, Adarsh Colony, Patiala, Punjab

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Indian Mine workers support Maoist Revolutionaries

Posted by ajadhind on December 6, 2008

Lucknow, Dec 3rd 2008  The explosives meant for mining activities in Uttar Pradesh are being diverted by Workers to Maoist Revolutionaries to carry out strikes in the other states, it is revealed.

“A large number of explosives from the Maoist districts of Chandauli, Mirzapur and Sonbhadra and other parts of the state have revealed that the Maoists have strong roots with the people involved in mining activities to carry out strikes in other states,” stated a reliable source.

Citing ‘official figures’ of the police department, our reliable source said this year till November, 34,348 detonators, 3,226 electric detonators, 700 kgs explosive, 43 gelatin rods, 1,883 safety fuses, 32.76 tonnes ammonium nitrate and 200 explosive rods were seized from different parts of the state.

Interestingly, most of this activity is from Chandauli, Mirzapur and Sonebhadra districts, which are strong Maoists areas and also known for mining activities.

While 30,000 detonators and 3,100 electric detonators were seized from Chandauli alone, over 32 tonnes ammonium nitrate, 54 detonators and 20 electronic detonators were from Sonebhadra, adding that in Mirzapur 2.6 quintal ammonium nitrate, 1,373 detonators, 100 electric detonators were seized this year.

Besides these districts, seizures were also made from Allahabad, Bahraich, Mahoba, Mugalsarai and Balrampur.

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The cop who knew no fear

Posted by ajadhind on December 6, 2008

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Mumbai: Catching alive a terrorist on a suicide mission is almost impossible. The Maharashtra Police have to thank Assistant Sub-Inspector Tukaram Gopal Omble, 48, for that.

Ajmal Ameer Kasab, the Pakistani-born terrorist, was arrested because Omble, a beat marshal in Girgaum Chowpatty, held onto the terrorist’s gun and let his body get riddled by the bullets.

When the two terrorists, Kasab and Abu Dera Ismail Khan, sped off in a Skoda Laura after abandoning the police vehicle they carjacked after killing senior police officers, the police team at Girgaum Chowpaty had got the message.

Assistant Police Inspector Hemant Bavdhankar of D B Nagar Police station said: “Moments later, we saw a car matching the description (in the message) slowing down at a distance of around 50 feet from us. As the vehicle tried to take a U-turn, it hit the divider.”

The terrorists turned on the lights full beam and the wipers, squirting water on the windshield to hide their faces. Told by police to step out with hands up, Kasab obeyed but hid his gun. When he started firing, Omble grabbed the barrel of the gun. Kasab kept firing and Omble took the bullets. He collapsed but did not let go of Kasab and the gun. That gave others in the team, who had already shot Khan, time to overpower Kasab.

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‘He had always wanted to die a hero’s death’

Posted by ajadhind on December 6, 2008

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GAJENDRA SINGH BISHT

1972 – 2008
THE tiny village of Ganeshpur turned out in full strength to bid adieu to its hero, Havaldar Gajendra Singh Bisht (36), the National Security Guards (NSG) commando who died fighting terrorists in Mumbai.
Havaldar Gajendra’s mortal remains were consigned to the flames with full military honours on Saturday afternoon with more than a thousand people from Ganeshpur and its adjoining villages participating in the funeral.
“He had always wanted to be in the forces and had always wanted to die like a hero. And that is precisely what happened,” said his brother, Birender Singh Bisht, an official in the Uttarakhand Police. Amongst those present to pay their respects to the martyr was his teacher from Janata Inter College in Naya Gaon Subhash Chand Jasola. “He had studied in the college from 1980 to 1990. I cannot forget his interest in sports, particularly boxing. He was a disciplined student and participated in every event organised in the school, be it sports or cultural activities,” said Jasola, who teaches English at the college. He said that Havaldar Gajendra is the third student from the college to have died for the country in military operations. Earlier, two of his former students had died during the Kargil operations. Havaldar Gajendra had also participated in the Kargil operations.
The college was shut for the day in honour of Havaldar Gajendra’s sacrifice and the entire staff and students had turned up for his funeral.
“I met him last in August when our father Late Daulat Singh had died. Thereafter, we had been in touch on phone,” said his brother. He said Gajendra joined the Garhwal Rifles in 1991 and then chose to be part of the 10 Para (Special Force). Thereafter, he had opted to be a NSG commando. He was based in Delhi when he was asked to be part of Mumbai operation.
“After having dinner on November 26, he got a call from his office saying that an alert has been sounded. He had left the house carrying bare essentials, telling me that he would be back in a while. It was a couple of hours later that we were told that he had been sent to Mumbai,” said his wife Vineeta Devi (31). She said her husband wanted their daughter Preeti (10) to be an air hostess and son Gaurav (12) to be an Army officer. “I wonder where we are faltering in dealing with terrorism. We have the best of forces and technology. We need to ponder why innocents are losing their lives while those compromising with their duties are making millions,” said the deceased’s maternal uncle Dr Hoshiar Singh Negi.
Uttarakhand Governor B.L. Joshi, Chief Minister B.C. Khanduri and IMA Commandant Lt Gen R.S. Sujlana paid a visit to Havaldar Gajendra’s house to offer their condolences to his family.
In his address, Joshi said, “As the Governor of the state, I am proud of the supreme sacrifice made by Havaldar Gajendra. At the same time, I am also very sad at his untimely death. The whole nation is with his family at this hour of grief.” Khanduri announced an immediate aid of Rs 5 lakh to the family of Havaldar Ganjendra.
_Rajeev Khanna, Dehradun, November 29

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