UPA to offer land and pension as poll bonanza

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  1. Raj30

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    UPA to offer land and pension as poll bonanza | Business Standard

    UPA Government is steadily moving towards readying two big ticket bonanzas for the poor, viz. free land and pensions in partnership with some civil society organizations.

    Come Monsoon session, the Cabinet is to place in Parliament a Bill for free homestead land which will provide 10 cents of land for the landless if he is a non-farmer, and about four bighas or 2.5 acres of arable land for the tiller.

    This move has been in the making in cooperation with land rights group the Ekta Parishad which first began the struggle for it in 2011 with a yatra led by its leader Rajagopal.

    Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh was also supposed to inaugurate the yatra from Kanya Kumari. Later it was received warmly with a busload of journalists in Agra in October last year by the minister. The Ministry and the Government also facilitated at least one round of meeting of the revenue departments of all states which was addressed by Rajgopal last year.

    A second round is expected this month.

    Pre poll bounties:
    Free land:
    10 cents for homeless
    2.5 acres for landless farmers
    The cost of pensions: per annum
    Pension at Rs 1000:1,34,666 cr
    pension at 1500: Rs 2,01,999 cr
    Pension at Rs 2000: Rs 2,69,33 cr
    Pension at Rs 200: Rs 9500 cr
    The revenue departments are supposed to come to an agreement to work jointly with NGOs in the land reform task force to identify land that can be distributed free to people. They are also to work together with civil society players to identify beneficiaries.

    The task force on land reforms that has been formed after the completion of the yatra, is headed by Jairam Ramesh and Tribal Affairs Minister Kishore Chandra Deo and some bureaucrats, the non official members are representatives of three NGOs viz Ekta Parishad (PV Rajagopal and Ramesh Sharma), Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan (Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey) and Housing and Land Rights Network.(Shivani Chaudhuri).

    The Ekta Parishad also has the blessings of Congress leader Digvijay Singh who has been a mentor for Rajgopal.

    Says Aneesh Tillenkeri, a close associate of Rajgopal: It is true we work in cooperation with the Government. We don’t believe in attacking it. We like to coax the Government to get various benefits for the people. The increase in funds for the construction of houses under Indira Awas Yojana in the 12 th Plan is a result of our Yatra.’’

    The next objective towards which the Government is moving jointly with civil society is universal pensions. The Pension Parishad is headed by Aruna Roy who is also member of the National Advisory Council.

    The first 'achievement’ of the Pension Parishad was the setting up of a task force headed by Mihir Shah to make recommendations on pensions for the poor. But the recommendations have been rejected by the Parishad and they are continuing protests at Parliament street. However, there is no physical confrontation, no water cannons or tear gas by the policemen who are standing around peacefully, not feeling too threatened despite the presence of a sizeable crowd of people from different parts of the country.

    Negotiations are continuing between the parishad leaders Aruna Roy and Nikhil De with the Rural development Minister Jairam Ramesh. Ramesh is expected to make some announcement this week suggesting that the Government may accede more ground to the Pension Parishad.

    The parishad is demanding Rs 2000 as pension for the poor, while the Government has agreed up to Rs 500. It may now further climb down to Rs 1000 . If the States also offer a similar amount, that would make a pension of Rs 2000.

    At present under the pension scheme for the poor, beneficiaries are selected according to the whim of the village headmen. And though the states are supposed to give a matching amount to Central allocation ( Rs 200 now) very few do so. Bihar for instance gives only the Central allocation of Rs 200 and that to a few who are lucky to be counted as beneficiaries. Kerala on the other hand pays Rs 1200 that is Rs 1000 as its share and Rs 200 as Central share.

    Says Jean Dreze who is also part of the Pension Parishad which includes 100 organisations: ''Pension scheme is one of the few schemes which are known to work soundly. If it is made universal and given to all elderly people who are eligible for ration under the Food Security scheme, and if they get a minmum of Rs 2000, then that would be a great step forward.’’
     
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    So everybody gets pension and land. Good.

    But who will pay all those bills? MMS's pa?
     
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    from where they are going to get land

    most of land which gov has is hardly fertile . Are they going to snatch if from those which have excess .

    they would face though resistance in punjab/bhiar

    I donot understand why this stupid GoV always get stupid idea from civil society
     
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    Yes. Where will the land come from when highway, power projects are languishing for difficulty of land acquisition.
     
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    Its really sad the UPA want's to push more people into the unproductive agriculture rather than into productive industrialization and urbanization. They want to keep its vote bank confined to rural areas, uneducated and always depending on the doles. Suits them.
     
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    Without shifting labour from farms to factories, India can never become a world power. Agriculture alone has not made any country into an economic giant.

    Sops become addictive. Once given, another round HAS to come. GOI is already considering waiver of farmer's loans and othe dues like electricity.
     
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    Actually what people don't get is.... Just a simple example -- This year we had cold wave (temp less then 2 degree ) for just about 2 or 3 nights in many north Indian areas, In just 2 days many farmers lost their almost all of their corps. And if you don't know the very simple way the avoid this is to light(smoke like, not burning) the fire in the opposite direction of the wind at the end of the farm(the way we make the fire for our self in winter), but plants need just a little more support(just 2-3 degree more would be enough). This could have been done by farmers for almost free if the local govt body/state govt body were just a little prompt and spread a little bit more awareness among the farmers in time. Even if just the 2-3 families were aware of this kind of situation in a village, in all the probability the whole village's corp could have been saved. But I traveled around 20-30 kms, around my home just to see all the gloomy faces of the farmers next day, no vegetable in the market etc. Now what happens? All these farmers who could have made a good enough living, lost their only source of income. Now the govt comes in with their schemes, practically looting the money off the honest people(mostly from the service sector), and giving to these farmers, nothing more then hardly to feed 2 times on rice, farmers get fooled due to their papi pate(hungry stomach), and vote for the same party, while they think that at-least they get to live because of the some holy parties. I meant what this all hoopla of technology/satellites, when this could have been done by simply instructing the local govt bodies(police/irrigation/any govt dept) to act on time strictly, on a mere mobile phone, which even the below poverty people nowadays seems to have. But they(Govt) knows better how to keep the vote bank to themselves.
     
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    Where will they get the land from?
     
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    ^^^^

    Probably they will take 5 to 10% land from the existing farmers in the name of batta or something. I think Already happened in many states. I remember something like that in UP decades ago..
     
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    Well well well now we understand where did all the defence budgets cuts have gone keep it up CHIDAMBARAM NINCOMPOOP & UPA

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    Also these vote bank schemes works ---

    1. farmers those who have less then or around 1 acre, will sale their land first or it will made in the name of some other family members..now being illiterate, they will be doing the bank deposited/post office schemes. And off-course will vote for the party who will offer free land.

    2. Those who have nothing, will bread 5-6 children, not blaming them as such as they are at lowest level in the society (no real knowledge/education, typical old times). Now they get to live in a hut and feed the family with 2 Rs/kg rice. After 20 years you will have 5-6 new families, out of which 1-2 family will move on to ladder due to their hard work/education. The land which was supposed for 1 family will not be enough for remaining 3-4 families. Then Govt will come with another such schemes. and the Cycle continuous as they will always have the majority which would be stuck in poverty or due to their own foolishness.
     
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    There would be bloodshed. Who will part with his land?
     
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    Completely agreed. This populism and useless subsidy culture has been the hallmark of UPA 2. They are just injecting more and more unproductivity and inefficiency into the economy. It suits them fine to keep the population poor, illiterate and dependent on sops. They need a good hard kick in 2014.
     
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    In fact you know about crops. By this time paddy was in by mid november. Now wheat. It can withstand cold conditions for several days. Just 2-3 days are not going to harm. Cold spell is beneficial to sugar cane also.

    Burning farm wastes in Punjab and Haryana caused extended smogs all over N. India.
     
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    Actually nothing would happen on ground , everything would remain on paper , just like right to education

    They would just bring one more law " right to (snatch) land " and sell it durning election
     
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    Congress is inching back to the forefront after all the issues that put them in the dumps.

    They have also put out a circular that indicates that the UPA has done more highway kilometerage construction than the NDA.

    Of course, one does not know if it was over 9 years compared to NDA's one tenure or UPA II alone!
     
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    oops. A mistake.


    In fact you know nothing about crops.....
     
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    I thought the coffers are low and so all sorts of ways have been designed in the Budget to scupper up monies.

    If populist scheme are brought in like a flood MNERGA, Food Security these bills mentioned in these threads, from where is the money to come from?

    More taxes?
     
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    Coffers are low indeed, what with shrinking growth rate but expanding expenditure on vote buying schemes. More taxes, higher prices, lower investment, lower growth rate. Be ready for all that.
     
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    Farming is just as important. Besides Urbanisation has a mathematical limit to maturity. The current cities haven't got the capacity to cater to ever burgeoning population.

    Another flaw is the difficulty of keeping the food on table if everyone is moving towards industrialisation.

    Western models of industrialisation is causing shortage of food. 90% of food in UK is imported. Now if the price of oil rises exponentially, UK could have a tough time.

    Perhaps you can give me a few reasons why industrialisation is better than agriculture.

    On a personal level, i would rather do farming than do dentistry. Its the only way towards self reliance.


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