What the new MP Chief Minister Mr.Kamal Nath says about preference for only locals is not acceptable!

imagesHow can we ban the imigration, yes, the seasonal migration of farm labour from one state to another can be controlled by any state policy?

This is unwise and must be curbed at the very beginning. Who doesn’t know there is an intensive internal migration of labour, farm labour and even educated youth from the North East to deep South and also the now well-known and well-established practices of internal rural labour from UP and Bihar  to Punjab and even other states like MP can be curtailed ,let alone banned. This is an election-time propaganda that might have paid off well in MP but flawed in principle.

What is the cardinal principle?

The Indian Constitution gives equal rights to every citizen of the country, to live and move about in the whole territory of India, right?

The same principle applies to the rich and the poor, to all the entrepreneurs. Even Mr.Kamal Nath is an entrepreneur who made it big in Kolkata!

There can’t be any more chauvinistic feelings, based on language, race and religion. India is a diverse country and this has been reiterated many times by many, big and small, so we have to eschew the thought fully from all our people.

In fact, the migrant labour made things easy for the Punjab and Haryana and why even the Western UP agriculture operations viable and practically solved of its many problems. Also, why MP state, known for its own regional diversity and levels of growth must now think in terms of broken ideas.

Separatism is bad and even an evil. We have seen how the many separatist movements that arose even in Independent India, in Punjab and Tamil Nadu had held back progress of people, both culturally and even psychologically.

It holds back progress in education too.  We, from the South often see in the Northern states how even the educated persons with M.A. degrees can’t speak a word of English.

This has held back the progress of youngsters from some of these states. Now, at the far end of the development process why rake up the issue of outsiders, as migrant labour.

They are all part of the Indian development warriors, their hard work and earnings could offset the many issues in the parent states both in terms of education and health progress.

So, please, Mr.Chief Minister, give up the idea. You are one of the bright and talented leaders of the Congress party. You may rise up further in the political hierarchy and could serve the nation in more ways.

So, please give up the idea. Also you can give a new meaning and depth to the crop loan waiver issue.

Crop loan waiver is no permanent solution to the emerging agri issues.
We need more science and technology in the   rural sectors people must be  given new hopes and solutions through science and technology.
The IT industry can take roots in MP?

The younger generation must be given many such new opoportuntiies.

So,let us ban from our own minds new ideas in backwardness. Banning migrant labour, outsiders is not a positive thought.Please let us all think in positive terms.

Where is it?
Farmers’ litigations: reduce pending court cases.
Farmers must be compulsorily insured and also their healthcare insurance.

image002_FotorFarmers are also prone to much litigation. So, please take steps to reduce the number of litigations in which farmers, both the sides, sometimes as tenants and land lords or sometime out of rivalries or jealousies in claiming ownership title or sometimes simply grabbing lands as a way to accumulate wealth through illegal means.

You see there are many issues in the running of the government. One is to impress the public that the incumbent Alamelu has openly said that the payments of premium by the government itself has been delayed for various reasons. In our view one important reason is the huge volume of business involved. Another one is the unwillingness on the part of farmers to get their premium payments debited from their crop loan accounts.

It is human psychology that we are only interested to get the insurance policy encased at times of emergency but when it comes to paying the premium we delay payments!  Anyway, it is at times a tough job to get the bureaucratic machinery deliver results.

India is a democracy all right. But then it is also the world’s biggest bureaucratic machine! Take any case at any time. You see the bureaucratic wheels within wheels. Take the reports of the CVC, Central Vigilance Commissioner. His report for 2017 shows the number of complaints had come down from what it was in the previous year, almost half the number! Why? Is it because the corruption disease gone! No, no!

Simply because the public had lost trust in the machinery had gone!
Who believes that corruption is an issue with the government?
There are no institutions like Lokpal, Lokayukta or other institutions. Also, who is now investigating cases, the CBI, ED and Income Tax raids people only who have some public exposure. Most of the anti-corruption cases are all of this type only. Only in some states like Karnataka where some occasional raids take place and the bureaucrats caught with hoards of cash, gold, flats and agricultural lands.

In the neighbouring state, TN, there was a court case against the incumbent CM. The state deployed its own anti-corruption department and it gave, what else you expect, a clean chit to the incumbent CM! This is becoming a joke.

A state which was rooted in large scale corruption, where the Chief
Secretary to the government was caught red-handed with cash in his official rooms is let off; no one knows what happened to the case! Much more serious corruptions have been let off; we don’t know where the cash parcels in a lorry were taken for safe custody!

So, what chance for farmers to get their crop insurance scheme succeeds?

The rural scenario is not a happy one when it comes to really turn farmers into a well-behaved lot. Farmers have their own limitations as a responsible citizenry. What we need a new type of propaganda for the farmers to safeguard themselves from many pitfalls.

There is a book before us, titled, Vidows of Vidharba by Kota Neelima that examines the suicide of farmers of this cotton belt of Maharashtra.

The state machinery classifies the farmers into different categories, farmers, cultivators and agri labourers.

This is silly, to say the least!

All this is statistical jugglery to deny genuine victims of the tragedy that is agriculture in India.

There is no point in spending time on the finer versions of any academic or journalistic study. The only way our seems to be pay directly to the affected families by some summary enquiry, not raising the troublesome minor details.

Route all your payment through the panchayat raj channels. Make panchayats the ground level institutions and let the villagers know the government has done an honest job.

Agriculture ministers in particular in the states must be persons who have large sympathy with the rural people and must be seen by the villagers occasionally.

Unless wide publicity is given in the TV channels and rural media and interaction with the stakeholders who include the panchayat leaders as well as teachers, journalists and social workers, the real status of the rural distress can’t be gauged and reliefs reached.

Honest and truthful government servants must be mentioned and given promotions out of the routine and only some sort of semi-independent interventions are made, the bureaucratic machinery and the lethargy of the elected representatives too can’t do much.

Now, new elements have entered into the public debate, that of the rise and role of the criminals, as elected representatives.

Hopefully, the new special courts to try the criminal politicians must help to stop the further deterioration of the rural political space.
With the increasing. Land holdings have come down to 1.5 hectare and this is going down further three-fold in the last few years.
So, problems of Indian farmers is not going to be easy for any politician, or party.

Let us recognise the grim reality of rural India. It is not a pleasant sight!

Where is it?
Farmers’ litigations: reduce pending court cases.
Farmers must be compulsorily insured and also their healthcare insurance.

paudhaFarmers are also prone to much litigation. So, please take steps to reduce the number of litigations in which farmers, both the sides, sometimes as tenants and land lords or sometime out of rivalries or jealousies in claiming ownership title or sometimes simply grabbing lands as a way to accumulate wealth through illegal means. You see there are many issues in the running of the government. One is to impress the public that the incumbent Alamelu has openly said that the payments of premium by the government itself has been delayed for various reasons. In our view one important reason is the huge volume of business involved. Another one is the unwillingness on the part of farmers to get their premium payments debited from their crop loan accounts.

It is human psychology that we are only interested to get the insurance policy encased at times of emergency but when it comes to paying the premium we delay payments!  Anyway, it is at times a tough job to get the bureaucratic machinery deliver results.

India is a democracy all right. But then it is also the world’s biggest bureaucratic machine! Take any case at any time. You see the bureaucratic wheels within wheels. Take the reports of the CVC, Central Vigilance Commissioner. His report for 2017 shows the number of complaints had come down from what it was in the previous year, almost half the number! Why? Is it because the corruption disease gone! No, no!

Simply because the public had lost trust in the machinery had gone!
Who believes that corruption is an issue with the government?
There are no institutions like Lokpal, Lokayukta or other institutions. Also, who is now investigating cases, the CBI, ED and Income Tax raids people only who have some public exposure. Most of the anti-corruption cases are all of this type only. Only in some states like Karnataka where some occasional raids take place and the bureaucrats caught with hoards of cash, gold, flats and agricultural lands.

In the neighbouring state, TN, there was a court case against the incumbent CM. The state deployed its own anti-corruption department and it gave, what else you expect, a clean chit to the incumbent CM! This is becoming a joke.

A state which was rooted in large scale corruption, where the Chief
Secretary to the government was caught red-handed with cash in his official rooms is let off; no one knows what happened to the case! Much more serious corruptions have been let off; we don’t know where the cash parcels in a lorry were taken for safe custody!

So, what chance for farmers to get their crop insurance scheme succeeds?

The rural scenario is not a happy one when it comes to really turn farmers into a well-behaved lot. Farmers have their own limitations as a responsible citizenry. What we need a new type of propaganda for the farmers to safeguard themselves from many pitfalls.

There is a book before us, titled, Vidows of Vidharba by Kota Neelima that examines the suicide of farmers of this cotton belt of Maharashtra.

The state machinery classifies the farmers into different categories, farmers, cultivators and agri labourers.

This is silly, to say the least!

All this is statistical jugglery to deny genuine victims of the tragedy that is agriculture in India.

There is no point in spending time on the finer versions of any academic or journalistic study. The only way our seems to be pay directly to the affected families by some summary enquiry, not raising the troublesome minor details.

Route all your payment through the panchayat raj channels. Make panchayats the ground level institutions and let the villagers know the government has done an honest job.

Agriculture ministers in particular in the states must be persons who have large sympathy with the rural people and must be seen by the villagers occasionally.

Unless wide publicity is given in the TV channels and rural media and interaction with the stakeholders who include the panchayat leaders as well as teachers, journalists and social workers, the real status of the rural distress can’t be gauged and reliefs reached.

Honest and truthful government servants must be mentioned and given promotions out of the routine and only some sort of semi-independent interventions are made, the bureaucratic machinery and the lethargy of the elected representatives too can’t do much.

Now, new elements have entered into the public debate, that of the rise and role of the criminals, as elected representatives.

Hopefully, the new special courts to try the criminal politicians must help to stop the further deterioration of the rural political space.
With the increasing. Land holdings have come down to 1.5 hectare and this is going down further three-fold in the last few years.
So, problems of Indian farmers is not going to be easy for any politician, or party.

Let us recognise the grim reality of rural India. It is not a pleasant sight!

Let the public and the corporate bigwigs realise!
Indian media landscape doesn’t spot the place and role of agriculture in India’s development paradigm!
Indian media landscape is highly distorted. Priorities are not clear.
There is an explosion of TV news channels, alright!

krishi-kalyan-cess-678x381Where do the peoples or the country’s development priorities come in?
Whether the news channels do much service or they cater to other objectives can be debated. The TV channels are started by many types of people; entrepreneurs for the sake of service or others from the real estate and also from those businessmen, already established but want to build up lobbies, to get the governments do their bidding or else can be also debated.

The Indian languages channels are very shrill at many times and they cater to a lower denominator audience. There are channels exclusively for entertainment, this is said to be the fastest growing segment and other objectives like propagating religion or pure superstition like astrology etc. All these make for a vibrant TV   and entertainment industry.

There are certain hidden issues, the emergence of media monopoly and the media houses are again some shady issues into which we can’t go here.

Even the so-called mainstream TV segment has to survive and we know that even the much admired quality channels  as standalone ventures are getting into debts and the monopoly mainstream industry, the capitalist and the monopolist enters this segment by many ways, often very devious  ways and means. Money is such a funny thing that it penetrates into any segment and money corrupts! More money means more corruption in more segments!

So, in these media explosion what chance for a socially committed sectors like agriculture, rural development or some other purely intellectual areas like public interest spheres.

The BBC example might be far-fetched or for that matter channels like Al Jazeera or the many new ones that are aired today in India. Even politics and public opinion are not served well and there are lots of biases and fears for the media segment.

Increasingly in India we see the fear factor and so not even the print magazines, some of them very well settled over a century and more. All the print media segments with some exceptions are facing resistence in the market.

So, where do we, Vadamalai Media, stand?

We seem to be nowhere if we see our priorities getting noticed by the readers and also the larger customers like private and public sector corporations.

Our advertisement revenues are facing challenges of resistance for the simple reason; the very PSUs are facing troubles. The private sector industries are also becoming more profit driven and more selfish in the sense that we don’t see society becoming more active in public causes.

We see often editorials and also from speeches from politicians on public platforms that civil society must become active in many areas like education, health, why, even in civic administrations, in keeping the cities clean, the roads safe, the many new issues spring up everyday, the city lakes (as in Bangalore) are getting polluted, even the city air quality is declining, new issues crop up, the very monsoons are leading to foresee natural disasters etc.

So society is not for the winning politicians, even they are now required fill up forms to be submitted to the Election Commission about their criminal antecedents (!), for this has now become a real threat to democratic institutions.

Even the judges don’t submit their assets and liabilities, there are no Lokpal and lokayukta and so the corruption issue is getting out of hands and no one seems to have any clue! The Lokpal is not appointed even after four and half years of Modi regime.

Vadamalai Media is committed to agriculture and rural development, perhaps the least priority issue, right?

Then why the government publicity policies, the very same publicities don’t reach us?

Even at the grassroots level, at the very lower ties block development agencies, there are any number of farmer-related policies like disbursing subsidies. But we don’t hear them! WE have to go there and wait for seeing the lowest level agri officials there are latest policies. Don’t you think it is the duty of the district Collector or their higherups, why even the ministers to seek for media outlets and propagate their policies.

We have written volumes on the need to link the agri universities to publicise their researches. No responses. The universities are now many but the statistics about the R&D in agriculture might frighten you. So little pittance!

Also, the agri universities admissions and other approaches are biased towards urban, educated middle classes, not the real farmers’s families. The agri universities management committees are filled with party cadres not one rep from the agri media or even the local TV channels.

We need really public spirited corporations to use their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) funds to promote public opinion, to educated public opinion and sensitise the public spirit to realise that agriculture is the very soul of India. The Tatas, their Trusts are said to promote tribal farmers. Fine. But please realise, let us realise that cultivating public opinion about the high priority of agri sector on which the Indian economy’s backbone is built should be propagated.

Unintelligible to policy makers?
You see we as an agri/rural media are enough experienced and also enough foolproof to any sort of scepticism! Agriculture is the most important and high priority sector everyone would jump to endorses it and yet why this sector is one of tears and no joys?

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

See the number of schemes, unpronounceable at the latest-the latest Prime Minister’s scheme is-PM-Asha, expand it as Pradhan Mantri Annadata  Aay  Sanrakshan Abhiyan! Why make these poor men’s schemes so mouthful?

Anyway, if you ask the reasons that can be too many and too complicated too! Politicians might have their own public and private reasons, isn’t it so?

Just recently, we collected some ideas from the agri ministry. There are two ministers, one Radhamohan Singh who often talks of some interesting schemes, the latest we read about is about tapping the milk potential from the desi cows! WE see his deputy, MoS Agriculture, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat talking about congress receiving money through hawala sources!
Is this his domain? There are so many other pressing issues in the agriculture ministry itself. Even if he takes one topic a day his time won’t be enough. But we see the ministers these days talk without inviting some feedback about their own performance.

We have the rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar talking about his own ideas. For a question as to what he has been able to achieve the outlined agenda on rural development, the hon’ble minister answers that there is a need for self-employment in rural areas as all  want to get a job!

Is this all he has got to say?

There is a crying need to create jobs. It is becoming a scandal and that too as elections   are coming up  in many states and the TV channels flash day in and day out that for each job, be that is a constable or a peon hundreds are lining up, even PhDs are there for the very mean jobs.

What has happened to this country? The decibel level of the political rhetoric has also deteriorated and all sorts of unprintable words are bandied about and you can call yo0ur political opponents in any way you like?

No, this sort of politics must end and be it Rahul Gandhi or the PM or the FM, they have to show much restraint and people would judge for themselves who is a clown and who is not. The rural development minister promises houses for all by 2022.This is of course a tall order and he and his successors even cant hope to aim for such heights.

There are very many high policy issues, education must change, it is already changing, young men and women are deserting the bogus engineering colleges, as in TN and elsewhere, also the craze for English medium in secondary schools, even in LKG and UKG would wane once the school system expands and the various progressive features of new Acts see to it that everyone, every aspir9ing child or parent gets his or her wishes fulfilled. That is the aim of the government and it must be so.

Unfortunately, the HRD ministry, as the Agriculture Ministry is poorly led by people who are first not suited for their tasks. We have to say this here, right now, for we are a media committed to the lost causes! We don’t have a commercial backing, no CSR nor other media agency, government’s ones are so far from the ground level realities of this country.

We don’t want to be seen as the crying babies! Unfortunately, none so far in the Information ministry has reformed the ministry and there is priority ad support or other subsidies to enable such media like the ones that cater to high priority but low in attention value!

Indian agriculture is so high priority that you need to have panels discussing the several critical aspects of assuring farmers price support, other supports. We talk too much and too much empty talks and exhortations!

The ministers must travel ext5ensively across the states and meet the men and women in action. The ministers must engage themselves with   the civil society, NGOs and why not even the Opposition leaders and also must know how the farmers are doing in the respective regions.

There are farmers agitations everywhere, the agitations have been increasing as per one report and there is farmers’ unrest! We want the hon’ble ministers to take our critical comments in good spirit. From our own village we wrote to the PMO at the very beginning of his term in 2014! Only now, after four and half years, there is some response and yet the rural development official at the district level had responded. They say there is enough funds. Fine. But when will the project would be implemented, we all in the village wait in anticipation. May be by the time the next step is taken the government’s very term might have ended!

After all this is India where bureaucracy has its own terms and conditions!

But one thing must be clear to everyone. The people of the country, the voters of the states are all awake. If any government doesn’t perform, if the government is seen as only talk and not much performance the governments are voted out.

May be that is the beauty of democracy. Long live democracy!