The rural “pastoral idyll, a dream fantasy” farming is, yes a bloody profession today but it can regain its old value system and might become or turned to be a perennial source of inspiration.
Every morning the first thing we do in Bangalore is to call the village, some 300 km away, and talk to our house workers, the maid servants, the farm manager, farm workers, the daily wage labour, the others who are all on different assignments. The cows have to be milked in time, milk taken to the co-op sales point, the veterinary doctors to be attended and other routines of running farm have all to be attended to. The villagers in our blood veins survive and our day in the city doesn’t start without these preliminaries are gone through!
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Why farmers have to be defensive when they demand for an account of the performance of this government and its priorities? There is a news report and it is with full of data on the progress of the NREGA projects in Gujarat, Bihar, Orissa, MP, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan. Also the two districts represented by Sonia Gandhi (Rae Bareli) and Raghuvansh Prasad (Vaishali) in Bihar are also monitored. The NREGA, it is made clear, is yet to take off in these two constituencies.
“Not a single beneficiary has so far been enrolled for work under the NREGA that guarantees a minimum of 100 days work at minimum wage for needy people in 200 districts. Barring Assam, none of the 14 other Congress-ruled states is taking advantage of the NRGEA.” If the records are to be believed, not a single person has enrolled for work under the scheme in AP from where the top leadership launched the programme.
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