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15.10.17 - Kamjaat Singh
No time to read this story?



No one cares. So if you do not read this little news report all the way till the end, do not feel guilty. You are not alone. In fact, vast sections of Indian mainstream media actually ensure you do not read such a thing.
 
This is how it is done.
 
In 2007, Punjab police came up with a report which claimed that only seven farmers committed suicide in previous five years. The state revenue department put the number at 132. This was exactly the period for which the legendary chronicler of farmers' suicide in Punjab, Inderjit Singh Jaijee, had compiled an exhaustive list of 1,508 farmers from just one subdivision of Sangrur district. 

Welcome to the world of suicide statistics, data fudging and plain, simple but deliberate blindness.

It is in this paradigm that the voice of the landless agricultural labourers is further lost, even when you are keen to listen to voices of distress. At a time when debate about the need to extend relief to farmers in the form of debt waiver was at a high pitch, and the state government was mulling steps to extend relief to families hit by suicides, its official statement on the floor of the Assembly completely left out landless labourers.

Even by the low standards of political machinations, it was a crude demonstration of institutionalised apathy. The officially stated reason? Punjab Government did not have any data of debt of landless labourers.

A few days later, an eye-opener survey carried out by Dr Gian Singh and Dr Anupama Uppal of Punjabi University, titled "Indebtedness Among Farmers and Agricultural Labourers,” brought out the pitiable state of farm labourers. 

It showed that a large majority of farm labourers in Punjab – a shocking 80.07 percent – are living below the poverty line, and attributed it to "lack of employment opportunities and immobility of labour." An average farm labourer’s household reels under a debt of Rs 54,709, the study pointed out.

On three consecutive days recently, Punjabi Tribune ran a series citing yet another survey, this time exclusively covering farm labourers. Carried out by Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union (PKMU), the survey covering 1,618 families of 13 villages of Bathinda, Muktsar, Faridkot, Moga, Sangrur and Jalandhar, calculated that each farm labourer household was under a debt of Rs 77,038. At this rate, the seven lakh labourer households in Punjab are under a debt of Rs 53,926,600,000, or roughly Rs 5,393 crore. 
 

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Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union (PKMU) did everything it could to attract media attention. It invited well known agriculture policy analyst Devinder Sharma as a key speaker. This was the first time ever that a farm labourers' union had conducted an academic research survey. And still it was not found reportable by most of the mainstream media!
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The PKMU leadership did everything it could to attract media attention. It convened a major meeting to release the findings of the survey, roped in well known agriculture policy expert Devinder Sharma, rural development expert and senior journalist Hamir Singh and a number of other intellectuals and activists who spoke at the event.

Lachman Singh Sewewala, the general secretary of the PKMU, painstakingly explained the nuances of the questionnaire, selection of respondents, sample size, research methodology etc. 
 
It was an eminently reportable event, with so many firsts. When was the last time you saw a farm labourers' union conducting an academic research survey? And yet, no media house other than Punjabi Tribune cared to dwell on it in any detail. The Indian Express did carry a Jalandhar datelined report while the rest of the media just did not care.

Not even while the data from the survey left even Devinder Sharma shell shocked. "I was aware of the fleecing by Micro Financing Institutions, but the scale of it revealed in the survey was too shocking even for me," he told Punjab Today. Not only have the MFIs been charging an interest rate between 24 and 60 per cent, they extract 13 instalments in a year instead of 12. And a month comprises 28 days — not 30 or 31. No wonder that the Rs 5,393 crore of debt accrues an annual interest of Rs 1,294 crore!

And still it was not found reportable by the media!

Somehow, it still does not shock me. After all, there was no brouhaha in the state when three state universities, tasked with finding out the actual number of farmer suicides in Punjab between April 2010 and March 2013, took four years for their task. And when their findings were not released because these were considered 'politically damaging,' not one professor made any noise. And you thought academics did not do politics? 

All this while, the Punjab Government continues to dither on providing debt relief to landless labourers. Now, a new report prepared by the Punjabi University, Patiala, has said the number of landless agricultural labourers committing suicide due to debt is much higher than those by farmers. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, are preparing separate reports on the remaining districts.
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Rate of interest charged to poorest of the poor? 24 to 60 per cent! Number of days in a month? 28. Number of months in a year? 13. What will shock you into reading? The fact that three varsities took four years to count the number of suicides committed by farmers in three years? 
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Bet no money that you will see a lot of headlines when these reports are issued. It is not that professional editors are asleep on the job. In fact, they are very alert, keeping out content that they think their readers do not need. It is just that the agriculture labourers' demographic does not buy too many refrigerators, detergents or non-toxic exterior paints, and editors know that FMCG consumers are the actual groups that advertisers care for. Matter of fact, labourers do not even buy too many newspapers. 
 
Coverage of activities of the top three organisations — Pendu Madoor Union, Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union and Zameen Prapati Sangharsh Committee — is abysmal in the English media, unless police arrests their activists or they become a target of higher castes' reaction.
 
So, stories of what is happening to Punjab's agriculture labourers rarely make it to headlines. And if you did not care to read those, please do not feel too guilty. They won't mind. They are too busy trying to keep the issue alive - by committing suicide.

 

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MODI GOVT MOVE TO HELP FARMERS: PROPER SYLLABUS & TRAINING
BJP to undertake world’s biggest training programme to educate India's farmers
14.10.17 - KRISHDEEP KHOSLA
BJP to undertake world’s biggest training programme to educate India's farmers



Plan involves unleashing 50,000 trained cadres to educate farmers about links between religion and agriculture, tell them of Modi govt's good work.
 
NEW DELHI, OCT 14: FINALLY, the government has woken up to the plight of the farmers. The Narendra Modi government has now come up with an innovative plan to help India's farmers who are facing an existential crisis. 

But will the farmers, who have been making news not for their great agricultural production but the rate of suicide due to debt, take kindly to the latest overture from the saffron party?
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BJP’s training programme will focus on "spiritual and religious aspects of agriculture" and will connect the history of farming with the glorious Indian history where the Hindu religion has played a great role in the life of farmers.
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BJP leaders and activists will fan out across India as part of an outreach programme for farmers. At least, 50,000 BJP workers will educate farmers about the spiritual and religious benefits of pursuing agriculture. The party hopes it will convince the farmers to not opt out of agriculture and also scrap any plans to commit suicide.
Also, the BJP will use these 50,000 party activists to educate farmers about the achievements of the government.

The decision was taken during the National Coordination Meeting of Kisan Morcha as a part of the second phase of "Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Prashikshan Maha Abhiyan,” in New Delhi on October 12. Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, BJP farmer wing leaders, some party MPs, and BJP general secretary P Muralidhar Rao who looks after the party's Mission South, were key participants.
 
Divided into five modules, the training programme will focus on "spiritual and religious aspects of agriculture" and will connect the history of farming with the glorious Indian history where the Hindu religion has played a great role in the life of farmers. It will also seek suggestions for farmers' welfare.

A BJP MP from Haryana who attended the meeting told Punjab Today that many MPs underlined the massive damage to the party's standing because of the failure to implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission on remunerative produce prices and virtual backtracking from the promise of doubling farmers' income 2022.

As farmer leaders pointed out the short window of 20 months left for the Modi government to win back farmers' trust, the party leadership came up with the idea of connecting agriculture to religion. The programme will be launched immediately after Diwali.

Dubbed as the world's largest training programme for farmers, the exercise led by the BJP Kisaan Morcha will cover 1,100 blocks. As of now, the BJP plans to run the programme for three years. Political pundits said the idea is to peak before 2019 polls.
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As farmer leaders pointed out the short window of 20 months left for the Modi government to win back farmers' trust, the party leadership came up with the idea of connecting agriculture to religion. There was little attempt to hide the fact that the goal is 2019. 
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"There is excellent work being done by the Modi government but many times the farmers are not able to avail the benefits of the policies and schemes and therefore it’s also the duty of the field level workers to ensure that these benefits reach the farming families,” Radha Mohan Singh said. He did not explain why no officials were being taken to task if benefits were not reaching the farmers.
 
"Farmers are a demographic that is not amenable to appeals to Hindutva since questions of survival, debts, loans, agri input prices, grain markets, commission agents trump partisan agendas. However, this will be a last ditch effort by the BJP to connect farmers to the meta-narrative of religion being pursued by the Modi government," said a senior BJP leader currently not in the good books of top leadership.

Sources said the BJP top brass will couch the entire exercise as a major plan to update the farmers about the Modi government's policies and schemes, and may also blame local leaders/factors/opposition for being hurdles in benefits percolating to the ground. 

Interestingly, the BJP and RSS leadership plans to keep the entire venture a strictly cadre-based exercise and officials will not be made part of it. 

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Paddy is ready for harvest, so is confrontation
10.10.17 - By Devinder Sharma
Paddy is ready for harvest, so is confrontation



(These are excerpts from the author’s article that appeared in the Hindustan Times today. For the complete article, please see the link at the bottom of these excerpts. – Ed.)

 
Not to take any more risk with human health, the Supreme Court has reinstated the ban it imposed on sale of fire crackers in the Delhi-NCR region.
 
The "direct evidence of deterioration of air quality at alarming levels” that the Supreme Court cited to justify the ban has another player. Paddy stubble burning by farmers during the same period in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and in the outskirts of Delhi, has also been blamed for chocking the Capital.

What forces farmers to burn the paddy stubbles is the short window available between the harvesting of paddy and the sowing of the next wheat crop. It leaves him little option but to burn the crop residues, but instead of helping the farmers, the entire effort is to coerce them into submission.
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Instead of helping the farmers, the entire effort is to coerce them into submission. Why can’t a proportion of the Rs 50,000-crore proposed economic stimulus package be used for address the problem of stubble burning? It is a question of priorities.
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An estimated 20 million tonnes of paddy straw is burnt in Punjab alone. 
 
As the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had observed: "70% of the land covered by agricultural activity was put on fire by the farmers of Punjab who burnt farm residue,” further adding that stubble burning shoots up the carbon dioxide levels in the air by 70%. 
 
Farmers are aware of the environmental fall-out. But they need monetary help. Instead of providing any financial support, farmers who continue to resort to burning of paddy straw are being penalised, put behind bars, and threatened with withdrawal of farm subsidies. 
 
The farming community is furious. Agitating farmers have now openly flouted the ban imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on burning of paddy straw, and a direct confrontation between the agitating farmers and the government is on an anvil. The confrontation is likely to worsen in the days to come.

Stubble burning is a socio-environment problem, and the society has to share the burden. Why can’t a proportion of the Rs 50,000-crore proposed economic stimulus package be used for address the problem of stubble burning?

It is a question of priorities. 
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The farming community is furious. Agitating farmers have now openly flouted the ban imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on burning of paddy straw, and a direct confrontation between the agitating farmers and the government is on an anvil.
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There are two immediate steps the NGT need to ensure. First, ask the government to provide a compensation of at least Rs 200 per quintal to paddy farmers. 
 
Also, there is no need to provide any more subsidies for machines like Happy Seeder, Straw Reeper, Chopper, Rotavator etc. Leave it to the farmers. 
 
Secondly, make it mandatory for the combine harvester machines to incorporate a bailer, which harvests and bales in one pass. If only NGT had tried to make it mandatory for the combine harvesters to bring in the new technology, crop burning would have been easily relegated to the past.
 
(NOTE - The complete article appeared in the Hindustan Times and can be accessed here – Editor)
 


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Punjab gets Rs. 28,262.84 cr cash credit for smooth Paddy procurement
05.10.17 - TEAM PT
Punjab gets Rs. 28,262.84 cr cash credit for smooth Paddy procurement



CHANDIGARH: Responding to CM Amarinder Singh’s persistent efforts, the central government on Thursday sanctioned Cash Credit Limit (CCL) amount of Rs. 28,262.84 crore for procurement of paddy in the Kharif marketing season 2017-18.

Disclosing this here, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that the chief minister’s personal intervention in the matter facilitated the release of the CCL, required to ensure timely payment to farmers against their crop. Amarinder has been taking up the issue with union agriculture and finance ministers on a regular basis and had met both the ministers again this week in New Delhi to press for Punjab’s case, in the interest of the farmers.

The amount has been sanctioned for procurement of paddy in the current marketing season, which will last till the end of October, said the spokesperson.

Captain has directed all the state procurement agencies to take immediate steps to ensure timely payment to the farmers for their produce. He has reiterated his government’s commitment to ensure smooth and hassle-free procurement from the farmers at the mandis.
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Mr Home Minister, will you be visiting Farooq Ahmad Dar's house? How else will PM Modi's narrative of embracing Kashmiris & Rajnath SIngh's words mean anything substantive?

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Political economy of extension in age of retirement: Dr Piare Lal Garg dwells upon what is wrong with policy formulation on retirement age.

The Gorakhpur Dead Speak to Punjab: From the infants burnt alive in Patiala to those who died in Gorakhpur, India's health parametres are escaping the media's radar.

WE WILL KILL 40-50: Haryana BJP, Govt calculated death toll before firing first bullet. Haryana BJP's party affairs incharge makes explosive revelations.

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS: The utter absence of any questions about the death of 30 people on the roads of a city reeking of wealth says something stinking about its conscience.

LET'S KILL PAASH: Dr Sumail Singh Sidhu unravels the layers of the latest row about the revolutionary poet’s work and asks why is Paash being summoned from the ashes to answer our allegations?

THE BLOODY VILLAIN OF PARTITION: As Radcliffe drew a line between India and Pakistan, resulting in 600,000 lives lost and 14 million displaced, we revisit the key question: Were the massacres avoidable, preventable?

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PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: The English writing on Punjab has constructed an urbane Punjabi universe. Punjab is more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from the promise of modernity.

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