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Dont vote for Congress and NCP, they will ruin our nation

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on April 22, 2012


मराठी मध्ये वाचा (काँग्रेस व राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेसला मतदान करू नका, ते देश बरबाद करतील)

This news is being reproduces here as it is from Vidarbha News. Read original post here (Vidarbha Cotton crisis worsen…)

(Farmer Shri Gajanan Ghatekar's suicide note)

The non-receipt of declared  relief aid to vidarbha cotton even after lapse of four month and sudden crash in cotton prices due on going stringent restriction on cotton export ,three more vidarbha farmers suicides reported today  include one woman farmer ,they are identified as

1.Gajanan Thorat  of Village Garm Mahsal a in Karanja taluka of Washim
2.Kamalabai chavan  of Village Wadner in Kelapur of Yavatmal
3.Gajanan Ghotekar  of Village Kothoda in Kelapur  of  Yavatmal,

informed farm activist Kishore Tiwari   of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti VJAS,

Maharashtra Govt. declared relief aid to cotton farmers of vidarbha in last December 2011 to the tune Rs.2000 crore but till today not single paisa has been  paid to distressed farmers more over suddenly union Govt. Of India on 4th March   impose the blanket ban on cotton export then imposing srigent conditions of cotton export has severely affected the raw  cotton rates  was traded above @Rs.4200/- quintal but after the  export ban brought down @Rs.3400 quintal ,this is reason  to give trigger to restarting farm suicide spiral in vidarbha, Tiwari added.

Deceased farmer Shri Gajanan Ghatekar’s suicide note:

“My tractor was old, it cost me a lot for repairing. My loan account is repayments are delayed, all gold ornaments are sold off. I’m bankrupt, my crop loan is delayed. I’m helpless and very upset so committing suicide. I couldn’t get my daughter married. Please save my family. Don’t vote Congress ad NCP and don’t let your situation to become like me, they will ruin our nation.”

“That was last request made by Gajanan Ghotekar ,cotton farmer of  village kothoda in kelapur taluka of yavatmal district who committed suicide on 19th April night to mounting debt of bank taken for the tractor and non-payment of installments, police has recovered this suicide note from Ghotekar’s  family members  and verifying it’s  hand writing but in last five years lot of suicides notes of cotton farmers who committed suicides alleging state driven wrong policies are recovered but administration failed to take corrective action” Tiwari added.

In India 7 million cotton farmers families cultivating cotton in 12 million hectors from states of  Maharashtra ,Gujrat,AP,MP,Rajthan and Punjab who are in debt trap due to cotton crop failure this year and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has been demanding UPA Govt. to remove all barriers of export in Agri. Products  which is being supported by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prathiraj Chavan, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy but corrupt cartel of commerce ministry has managed to continue the anti-farmer policies which is being reflected in farmers suicides of vidarbha ,our all protest and requisitions are shown dustbin ,this is mouch more humiliating” Tiwari informed.

“All earlier GOM meeting have been high-jacked and Babus involved commerce Ministry and Cotton Advisory Board CAB has been giving fabricated data of national cotton consumption and production  to justify the restrictions imposed for cotton export which are not in line with ground reality .We are till confused to understand the justification to protect finger counting people by pushing more than 10 million agrarian in deep economical crisis ” Tiwari added.

When Indian domestic demand is just 20 million bales as against national production of 33 million bales there is no reason put restrictions when interest of domestic textile mills are fully protected. The decision to ban Indian cotton export is another example rampant corruption going on in UPA Govt. there is big names involved in the sudden export ban will expose the all misdeeds of commerce ministry hence for the first time farmers suicide issue has given focus of wrong policies of state ,we will see that the truth is prevailed”  Tiwari added.

Note: Why am I taking efforts to reproduce this post so openly? Reason: My farther also sowed 3 acres of cotton. In that first he was cheated by seed company due to which the production was meager, after that government banned export of cotton without even asking any objections from farmers. Then middlemen took disadvantage and made the prices fall from Rs.4500/quintol to Rs.3500/quintol causing more unrest. Finally government declared package of Rs.2000 per acre for deceased farmers, but that needed Rs.200 per hectare for registering the claim. And what can be expected from this incompetent and corrupt government we haven’t received a single paisa as of now.

Jay Bharat!

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काँग्रेस व राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेसला मतदान करू नका, ते देश बरबाद करतील

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on April 22, 2012


Read in English. (Don’t vote for Congress and NCP, they will ruin our nation).

हे वृत्त विदर्भ न्यूज वरून जशाच्या तसे तुमच्या समक्ष प्रकाशित करीत आहे. मूळ वृत्तासाठी इथे (एकाच रात्रीत तीन शेतकऱ्यांच्या आत्महत्या) वाचा.

( गजानन घोटेकर या शेतक-याने आत्महत्येपूर्वी लिहिलेले पत्र)

कापूस उत्पादक शेतक-यांना राज्य सरकारने जाहीर केलेली नुकसानभरपाई चार महिन्यांनंतरही न मिळाल्याने हताश झालेल्या यवतमाळमधील दोन आणि वाशिममधील एका शेतक-याने गुरुवारी रात्री आत्महत्या केली. यात एका महिलेचाही समावेश आहे. आत्महत्येपूर्वी एका शेतक-याने ‘काँग्रेस-राष्ट्रवादीला मतदान करू नका’ असे पत्र लिहिल्याने आणखी खळबळ उडाली आहे.

वाशिम जिल्ह्यातील कारंजा तालुक्यातील मासळ येथील गजानन थोरात, यवतमाळ जिल्ह्यातील केळापूर तालुक्यातील वडनेर येथील कमलाबाई चव्हाण आणि याच तालुक्यातील कोठोडा गावातील गजानन घोटेकर या तिघांनी वेगवेगळ्या घटनांत गुरुवारी रात्री आत्म्हत्या केली.

हे तिघेही कापूसउत्पादक होते व त्यांनी कर्जबाजारीपणामुळे आत्महत्या केल्याचे विदर्भ जनआंदोलन समितीचे किशोर तिवारी यांनी सांगितले. गेल्या वर्षी निर्यातबंदीमुळे कापसाच्या किमती अचानक ढासळल्यामुळे कापूस उत्पादकांना झालेल्या नुकसानापोटी दोन हजार कोटींचे पॅकेज देण्याची घोषणा राज्य सरकारने डिसेंबर २०११मध्ये केली होती. मात्र, त्याला चार महिने लोटल्यानंतरही मदत मिळाली नाही. त्यातच केंद्र सरकारने पुन्हा निर्यातबंदी लागू केल्याने या शेतक-यांनी आत्महत्या केली, असे तिवारी म्हणाले.

व्यथित शेतकरी कै. गजानन घोटेकर यांच्या मृत्युपूर्व पत्राचा मजकूर:

“माझा ट्रॅक्टर जुना होता. त्याच्यासाठी रिपेरिंगला खूप खर्च आला. माझं खातं थकीत झालं, सोनंनाणं विकलं गेलं. मी कर्जबाजारी झालो, माझं ग्रामिण बँकेचं पीककर्ज थकीत झालं. मी बेजार झाल्याने आत्महत्या करत आहे. माझ्या मुलीचे लग्न मी करू शकलो नाही. माझ्या कुटुंबाला वाचवा. काँग्रेस व राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेसला मतदान करू नका व माझ्यासारखी स्थिती निर्माण होऊ देऊ नका. ते देशाला बरबाद करतील.”

सूचना: हे वृत्त जाहीरपणे पुनर्प्रकाशित करण्याचे कारण म्हणजे माझ्या वडिलांनीसुद्धा ३ एकर कपाशीची लागवड केली होती. त्यामध्ये त्यांना पहिल्यांदा कपाशीच्या बियाणांमध्ये फसविले त्यामुळे उत्पादन अगदी क्षुल्लक झाले, नंतर सरकारने निर्यात बंदी केली, मग मध्यस्थ टग्यांनी  (व्यापारी/अडती) भाव पडून उरल्या मालाची वाताहत केली, आणि जेव्हा सरकारने नुकसान भरपाई जाहीर केली तेव्हा अर्ज दाखल करून घेण्यासाठी हेक्टरी २०० रुपये घेतले. आणि नुकसान भरपाई तरी किती तर केवळ एकरी २००० रुपये. आणि कहर म्हणजे अजून पर्यंत कसलीही भरपाई मिळाली नाही.

जय भारत!

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Jan Lokpal Bill: Freedom Team Position

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on April 7, 2012


I’m reproducing the FTI position on Jan Lokpal Bill here without any alterations. (emphasis as is on original source page)

FTI has agreed to the following draft position on the Lokpal Bill (all FTI documents are draft documents, subject to ongoing improvement).

1. What is the Freedom Team of India?

Join FTI

The Freedom Team of India (FTI) is a team of leaders who will, with due preparation, contest elections on a platform of world’s best policies to increase the liberty and prosperity of Indian citizens.
FTI’s ideas are based on the philosophy of classical liberalism (which is the polar opposite of socialism). Classical liberalism insists on equal liberty for all, while ensuring accountability. We encourage you to consider FTI’s policy principles at: http://freedomteam.in/blog/draft-policies.

FTI’s members maintain and are required to always maintain the highest standards of integrity in public life. Through its code of conduct and other processes FTI guarantees the quality and integrity of its members.India can confidently entrust its future to FTI members, who are always ready to be held to account. FTI membership is seal of quality in public life.

2. FTI  stand on the Jan Lokpal institution

FTI applauds Anna Hazare, Baba Ramdev and Arvind Kejriwal, among others, for their fight against deeply entrenched political and bureaucratic corruption in India.

For such effort to be effective, however, careful understanding of the causes of corruption is necessary. For instance, a question is sometimes asked: Why doesn’t FTI make its own draft Jan Lokpal Bill and share it online?

That is because FTI does not believe that (under the current system of socialist governance) a Lokpal offers a genuine solution to India’s rampant corruption. Therefore FTI does not wish to offer a draft Bill that will not meet the objective.

Instead, FTI offers more: a package of reforms which is guaranteed to achieve integrity in public life and increase India’s opportunities for prosperity.

This will be explained below.

3. India’s many problems have a common source: socialism

Before a doctor can successfully treat a disease, he must diagnose it correctly. He must understand its cause.

Team Anna believes that corruption arises because too many Indians are bad. If this is right, then the solution should be to punish bad Indians. FTI accepts that there are a large number of corrupt Indians who must be punished through an effective system of rule of law. FTI’s diagnosis, however, is focused on underlying causes, and therefore, in building a lasting solution.

FTI believes that corruption arises from poorly designed governance systems, based on the philosophy of socialism. FTI believes that no Indian is born corrupt but badly designed systems motivate them to become corrupt. The same Indians who are corrupt and incompetent in India often do wonderfully well (and honestly) in the West. A bad system can make a genius look like an idiot. On the other hand, through a good system, even “ordinary” people can perform great deeds.

Since the past six decades, all public policy in India is based on the socialist model, which empowers governments to directly operate businesses as well as to interfere with the free interactions of citizens. This creates strong incentives for politicians to sell favours (rent seeking) and thus become corrupt.

Socialist hypocrisy also permeates India’s electoral system, in which everyone knows that political parties spend tens of crores of rupees in each parliamentary election, but all candidates declare falsely that they spend less than Rs.25 lakhs.

In brief, it is the philosophy of socialism leads to hypocrisy, dishonesty, and corruption. Without removing this dreaded philosophy from India, corruption can never be removed. Witch-hunts to identify “corrupt” individuals won’t solve the problem of corruption.

4. FTI’s solution to the problem of corruption

Under today’s socialistic dispensation, no political party can survive without corruption. Politicians need huge sums of money for elections which they have to raise through corrupt means. They also need the support of corrupt officials.

While an effective Lokpal can reduce corruption, this can only happen when systemic corruption has been first addressed. Systemic reform essentially involves two key steps:

a) Reduce the need for corruption by having an electoral system with a low barrier of entry for honest people, and a system that pays candidates a certain amount per valid vote cast; and

b) Reduce the opportunity for corruption by having policies that prevent governments from unnecessarily directing and interfering in citizens’ lives.
FTI’s recommended set of policies are aimed at systemic reform, not piecemeal patchwork band-aids. Corruption will reduce very significantly should such systemic reforms be undertaken.

Numerous countries have low levels of corruption without any Lokpal or similar body. Examples of policies that reduce corruption (without a Lokpal) include:

  • state funding of elections (e.g. Rs.15 per valid vote polled) to reduce the need to raise funds through corruption;
  • high salaries for politicians to motivate competent people to enter politics;
  • contractual appointments of senior bureaucrats (so they can be terminated if they fail to deliver integrity and high quality outcomes).

India should not vest excessive authority in unelected officials. Such authority can undermine democracy without necessarily improving governance. It is important to build systems that work, not systems that punish.

5. What will happen if we implement a Lokpal without eliminating the socialist policies?

a) Reality: A Lokpal can’t stop the generation of corruption
India’s socialist policies put excessive power and discretion in the hands of decision-makers. Each law that allows a politician or bureaucrat to interfere in economic activity creates an opportunity for corruption. The Lokpal does not change such policies, nor reform the electoral system to reduce the need for corrupt money during elections. Therefore, the Lokpal cannot prevent the continuous generation of corruption. It will be far more effective if we change socialist policies.

b) Reality: The Lokpal can’t catch even a fraction of the corrupt
A Lokpal will become viable and effective if only one per cent (or less) of India’s politicians and bureaucrats are corrupt. But when 99 percent of them are corrupt, then catching a few corrupt people here or there will hardly make a difference. The cancer must be addressed at the source.

c) Reality: Corruption “charges” will increase because of the Lokpal
Because the corrupt will now have to factor in the (presumably slightly) higher probability of being caught, the “rate” they demand for their “services” will increase.

d) Reality: Corruption will be driven even more underground
The Lokpal, under the current system, will merely drive corruption more underground – into more hidden methods. Greater outflows of corrupt money from India will occur to Switzerland or other tax havens. In this “game” of corruption, it is best to stop corruption in the first place, not to waste precious time and resources in chasing corrupt people across the world.

e) Reality: The big fish will escape
Under the current system, big fish can easily access various sophisticated methods of corruption. They can also hire expensive lawyers to exploit loopholes in the legal system to delay and subvert justice, should any case be launched against them. In general, the big fish will escape scrutiny (or punishment) and the Lokpal will be forced to focus on small fry.

f) Reality: Government inefficiency will increase
The Indian Constitution provides extraordinary protections to public servants. There is therefore virtually no way available for governments to punish public servants who do not perform their work properly. If their opportunities for corruption are reduced then public servants are likely to even further slow down their work, leading to total paralysis of governance. The Lokpal (if it becomes even slightly effective, and therefore reduces corruption) will end up putting a severe brake on India’s economic growth.

h) Reality: Lokpal could itself become corrupt
Corrupt politicians and government servants have plenty of money to bribe investigative agencies – and judges. Under the current dispensation there is very significant corruption both in the government and judiciary. It is not difficult to see a situation, particularly with lowly paid Lokpal employees, when the Lokpal officials start accepting bribes.

i) Reality: Lokpal can’t deliver results because of India’s court system
The Lokpal cannot deliver results because it does not control the courts. As Swami Aiyar has pointed out:

Even if the Lokpal controls the CBI, it will have no control over the courts. These seem incapable of convicting any resourceful person beyond appeals within his or her lifetime. Little will be achieved if the Lokpal initiates a thousand cases that then drag on for decades, with the accused out on bail.

FTI does not recommend scrapping the principles of natural justice for those charged with corruption. We need systemic reforms that include the policies outlined earlier, as well as a strong justice system to quickly and effectively punish the corrupt.

6. Other questions people have regarding the Lokpal

a) What are the mechanisms apart from Lokpal to stop corruption?
Alternative mechanisms to reducing corruption have been outlined above. These are far more effective and involve two key changes:

(i) Reduce the need for corruption: ensure electoral reforms that motivate good people to enter politics, and pay a certain amount per valid vote cast to candidates; and

(ii) Reduce the opportunity for corruption:  remove socialist policies so that people can undertake economic activity without unnecessary government regulation.

Currently, no political party offers such systemic reforms in India. Without political leadership, however, such reforms cannot be implemented. FTI is a platform for those who understand such reforms to step forward and contest elections. Only then will such systemic reforms be introduced, bringing an end to corruption.

b) Why does FTI not support the Lokpal, given that Hong Kong has a Lokpal-like model?
Hong Kong is highly ranked on Transparency International rankings (currently No. 12, below countries like Australia and New Zealand which do not have any Lokpal).

Not very long ago, Hong Kong was a very corrupt country. Its reforms, do not include just an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC, which started in 1974), but a wide range of policy initiatives such as good governance, world-best economic policy and high quality education. The existence of ICAC should not be seen in isolation from these broader reforms. Indonesia has tried to copy the Hong Kong model and has failed, because it has not adopted the free market economic model of Hong Kong.

As Offstumped has pointed out:

“Indonesia’s corruption eradication commission, one message screams out —Indiadoes not need to makeIndonesia’s mistakes with the proposed Lokpal Bill. It has been nearly 10 years since the KPK was established by law in Indonesia. Ten years on, no surprises: Corruption has not been eradicated from Indonesia. Far from eliminating corruption, KPK continues to be at the centre of political intrigue in Indonesia.”

A Lokpal cannot succeed in removing corruption without a host of far more basic reforms. FTI believes that there is a place for Lokpal in India’s governance, but not today. Only in due course, as part of an entire suite of governance and economic reforms.

c) Won’t a Lokpal help create new government jobs?
Indeed, the Lokpal will create new jobs but creating government cannot be a valid reason to have a Lokpal. Economic growth & prosperity is never created through government jobs. India needs policies of liberty that will create opportunities for millions to earn their livelihood.

d) Since the poor have to constantly interface with the state, won’t the Lokpal provide a check to corruption at lower level of bureaucracy?
Unless economic policies and the system of governance is changed, villagers in India will not be able to escape from chronic corruption (such as corrupt tahsildars and other land records staff). Villagers, being illiterate, do not have the capacity or resources to lodge (and pursue) complaints with the Lokpal.

Villagers have not been able to utilise existing institutions like state vigilance bodies and police because of inability or fea. The Lokpal’s rules and procedures will preclude the possibility of justice for villagers. The corrupt will go scot free even if complaints are lodged against them, due to the sheer numbers involved.

Far better to build systems that preclude corruption in the first place. Trying to fix the problem of corruption after it has established itself is a far more difficult (even impossible) task.

e) What is FTI’s view on the level of corruption that can a Lokpal can reduce?
The jury is out on this important question. However, for reasons given above, FTI believes that Lokpal will not reduce corruption, and will probably increase it and drive it underground.

f) How much will the Lokpal cost the taxpayer?
This will depend on the nature and design of the Lokpal. But it will not be cheap. Unfortunately, there will be almost no social gain from this institution. So taxpayers will spend money on the Lokpal, even as the corrupt officials and politicians ofIndia continue their loot.

Conclusion

All Indians all angry with our corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. However, we should use our head, not our emotions.

FTI agrees with and supports, in principle, IAC people’s movement against corruption. But FTI believes that (at this stage – i.e., without changing the policies of socialism, and ensuring that good people are able to contest elections) the Lokpal will make no difference to the lives of Indians, and could even make things worse in a number of ways.

FTI therefore asks the Indian people to seek solutions that will actually work.

The people of India have awakened due to the IAC movement. But it is important to understand that the solution does not lie in a Lokpal, but in a package of reforms that will essentially abolish socialism and make Indians free.

FTI invites you to support the team to provide India with modern, effective governance.

It is hard to remove the socialistic mindset of Indian politicians who think that voters want such policies. It is up to the educated class to show voters that demanding subsidies and handouts from politicians is not the right way to eliminate poverty. They voter must demand good governance, good education, not charity.

The poor will become prosperous through freedom. On this journey, a social minimum (which includes high quality private school education for all children and a guaranteed top-up to eliminate poverty) will support those who falter on this journey towards freedom, integrity, and prosperity.

In simple language, let’s drain the swamp so that mosquitoes don’t breed. It is not a sensible idea to kill the mosquitoes, one at a time.

जय भारत!

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