Commercial success at the cost of destroying a river – Tiruppur’s Garment Business Case Story

 

Noyyal River - Tirupur

A Business model that damages Ecology

Tiruppur’s cloth range are not environmentally sustainable.

 

South India’s Tiruppur City is an example of the environmental damages, non-sustainable cloth and garment manufacturing processes can cause to a City’s precious rivers and water resources. This is a case in point of how business and economic progress took place at a huge cost of causing severe environmental degradation.

Noyyal River sacrificed for having the textile industry flourish!!

Tiruppur is a famous centre for it’s cotton knitwear , particularly cotton t-shirts. During the 1990’s, Tiruppur’s economy in terms of employment and export earnings thrived due to the cotton knitwear industry. The City’s garment businesses have got many global fashion retailers as customers. However, the process of manufacturing these garments involved bleaching and chemical dyeing which polluted the Tiruppur City’s Noyyal river which was once beautiful.

Contamination and pollution of Noyyal River -Tiruppur

 

Farmers lose out with their lands getting degraded

Farmers occupation hit at Tiruppur - India

 

Subsequently over the years, the Noyyal river became a toxic sewer and with the river’s chemically contaminated waters creeping into the groundwater table , a major natural source of clean water was destroyed and the water became unfit to be used for most of the agricultural purposes. All farmers in and around the district that depended on the waters of the Noyyal river for irrigation were negatively impacted.

Noyyal River - Tiruppur,India

 

 Productive Farming prevalent before the entities began their contamination

Before the dyeing and bleaching era existed prior to the 1990’s the Noyyal river which was clean supported the farming community as farmers grew a variety of crops – rice, sugarcane, groundnut, sesame, turmeric, beetroot, green chilli, tomato, cotton, tobacco, banana etc. Now the dirty, toxic contaminated waters of Noyyal river have destroyed farming occupations as the only crops that can be grown using these now toxic waters are coconuts and maize predominately used in dairy and livestock farming.

Unhealthy yield of coconut - Tiruppur, India

 

Even the coconuts that are grown now are of deteriorated quality looking small and unhealthy.

Farmer earnings now hit rock bottom!!

Villages that are even 70km downstream from Tiruppur are negatively impacted due to contamination of the Noyyal river with farmers making paltry earnings, as their agricultural lands and occupations are ruined, all due to these harmful effluents released by Tiruppur’s dye and bleaching entities!!

Tiruppur’s residents lose a precious source of water

Weeds, Distroyed Noyyal River, Tiruppur, India

Besides the farmers, resident people too are negatively affected with their local water resource contaminated and wasted by Tiruppur’s environmentally destructive textile manufacturing practices.

Let’s remember the water footprint of making one cotton t-shirt

Every cotton t-shirt has a water footprint with 1000’s of litres of water required to make it, beginning from growing the cotton crop, then processing of the cloth and wastage of water due to pollution involved in this process as well. Each cloth wastes, a natural resource that these days is critically scant.

 It’s possible to apply natural dyes for clothes – Sustainable Alternative

Charaka naturally dyed handloom clothes

 

This need not have been the story if Tiruppur did manufacture garments in an environmentally friendly, ethical way. For instance, Charaka, a women’s co-operative located at Bhimanakone Village in the Western Ghats region of Southern India, manufactures handloom garments using natural dyes.

Natural Dyes extracted from plant varieties

These natural dyes are extracted from crops and plants available in the forests of Western Ghats; like arecanut, pomegranate, jackwood, madder root for rich colours and hues of brown, red and yellow.

 Handmade clothes made with care employing rural locals

Designs made on a naturally dyed handloom cloth using Block Printing technique

Charaka was successful in providing employment and livelihoods to women of the region. Such garments are manufactured with care for the environment and done using labour employing their hand skills in weaving naturally dyed garments using handlooms.

Fabrics are woven using handloom employing labour

Fabrics are woven using handloom employing labour

 

Additional value is added to the garments with designs made on them with elegant hand embroidery and block printing, where wood blocks are used to make designs on the garments.

Charaka's elegant hand embroidery on their naturally dyed handloom clothes

Ultimate in Sustainability

Such a business model is sustainable, it employs local resources from raw materials to labour, gives jobs to rural people and there is a special value because these products are handmade, eco-friendly.

 We can make sustainable choices in making purchases!!

A takeaway for us in all this, is that when we buy clothes, we choose clothes that are ethically made, clothes that are made without polluting rivers without destroying livelihoods of farmers. This is sustainable fashion.

Charaka range of eco sustainable dresses for men

 

There is more value for a cloth that’s made with care, using hand skills of local rural people, than mass produced soulless machine made mass produced clothes.

Charaka range of eco sustainable dresses for women.

India we all know used to be popular with Khadi cloth business as well, it supported the village economy providing jobs to people of rural India. We have the choice of making conscious sustainable choices, valuing environment, labour and creating a positive change by buying clothes that helps in giving a living to local people, providing them respect and dignity for their valuable work.

All photos related to the Noyyal River taken from the following wire article
https://thewire.in/environment/australian-open-tiruppur-dyeing-bleaching-groundwater-contamination-agriculture-noyyal-river
Photo credits to Neetha Deshpande

 

The deteriorated Economy of India experiencing Low Growth and Unemployment

Declining Economy

 

 

These past recent months, there have been talks of weather India is staring at an Economic Crisis. The Indian Government, have tried to tone down this matter by saying that India is just going through a slowdown which is natural as a result of generalized Global Economic slowdown that is affecting even the developed economies of USA, UK,Japan and other countries around the world. However, latest data released for the 2nd quarter of 2019(July to Sept period) has given us clear data that indicate that the rate of growth of the Indian Economy has not just declined drastically but majority of the India’s population have got poorer, are consuming less and are unemployed.

Economic Crisis Situation

 

Wire news report on Indian Economic Performance 2019 Q2 Period
https://thewire.in/video/watch-the-wire-business-report-understanding-the-q2-gdp-slump

Overall growth of Indian Economy is poor reflected by Sub 5% GDP growth

GDP growth has been just 4.5% which is the lowest since 2013 Quarter 4 period. This means that the growth experienced by Indian Economy to provide jobs to it’s more than a billion population right now is just not enough!!!

Declining Economy

 Declining Growth Rates of the Major Sectors of the Indian Economy

In Q2 Manufacturing Sector has grown by 2.6%, Construction sector by 3.2% and Agricultural Sector has grown by a really dismal 2.1% , all these sectors are experiencing a decline in growth rates in comparison to Quarter 1 period of 2019.

 Industrial Production is at a low

Industrial and Manufacturing Activity have contracted as indicated by contraction of the core sectors of Indian Economy by 5.8% with a decline in production of crude oil, natural gas, cement, coal production, electricity, steel etc.

This indicates that there is less demand for these essential products required by Construction industries and manufacturing units for production and infrastructure building activities, due to them not doing much in their building and production activities.

 Investment in the Economy has grown by less than 1%

Investment in India by business entities was less than 1% in this period with the investment rate gone down to 28%, meaning no companies and business entities are confident to invest in India at present. This is despite the measures taken by the current Government to induce industries and companies to invest more with the Government having exercised its monetary policy of Repo rRate cuts so that industries and companies get cheap loans for investment purposes.

Besides cutting of interest rates, India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaram also gave tax reductions to Corporate Entities amounting to 37,000 crore, even then investment has not picked up. Generally, if the above measures don’t work, it could only mean that there other issues ailing the Indian Economic Environment that needs to be fixed, for investment and growth to pick up.

 Unemployment, income inequalities and increase in Poverty

More worrying truths that are ugly emerge as well as rural distress has only increased, along with 7% increase in unemployment with their consumption having come down by 2% according to the 2018 leaked data of National Statistics Office (NSO).

Poverty has increased as well, with income inequalities having grown at vulgar proportions!! The majority of the section of India’s population who are in the bottom of the pyramid, are only getting poorer day by day.

 Retail inflation with low growth in economy and unemployment a worry!!

In the months of November and December, Retail inflation had risen to
5.54% and 7.35% with increase in prices of essential food items – milk, vegetables, egg, fish and meat. A majority of India’s population are low income population, along with low growth in job opportunities and unemployment, rise in prices of essential food products will have them not able to even afford food for basic nutrition!!

Outlook news on India’s retail inflation
https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/business-news-retail-inflation-jumps-to-735-in-december-2019-against-novembers-554/345659

The Structural issue in the current Indian Economic System

There have been discussions relating to whether this Economic slowdown is cyclical or structural, meaning are there inherent problems prevalent in the Indian Economic System that are the reasons for this economic low growth or is this just a natural economic cycle?. The answer to this is yes, there are structural issues crippling the Indian Economy. Since years the GDP growth of Indian Economy only grew because of profits made by the Corporate sector, but a large section of India remained poor and India’s rural economy has been destroyed.

Wire’s News article – 
India’s former chief statistician, Pronab Sen on India’s economic situation
https://thewire.in/video/watch-india-economy-karan-thapar-pronab-sen-interview

Farmer suicides since years because of Poverty

Agricultural Sector that comprises of farmers and labourers that provide food security to the entire Indian country have never procured a decent remuneration to make a living even though the goods that they produce have a permanent long standing demand as everyone of us are consumers of food materials for our survival, health and vitality!! Add to this they often are exploited and stressed due to the pressure of them needing to pay back loans, due to which many have been committing suicides.

The Workers and Labourers have always been paid very poorly

The workers and labourers in factories and industries are the real producers, but they never had job security even though their employers like big car companies, tyre companies, Construction companies and others make profits using their services, their wages also have been unfairly low when compared to the value they added to the Economic system. This was the case even when India experienced an economic boom, when Manufacturing and Construction companies were expanding and making profits.

https://www.networkideas.org/featured-articles/2018/08/factory-workers-in-india/

 India’s Rural Sector been destroyed

Traditionally, India’s rural Sector provided jobs to people in occupations like handicraft making, handloom cloth business, there were fishermen, farmers, small vendors, hawkers, khadhi weavers etc. These jobs were supporting giving livelihoods to lakhs of people in the area without the need for them to take that difficult step of migrating to urban areas and struggling to make a living there. However, that sector has been neglected by the Indian Government, as a result India’s poverty levels remain high.

SMEs are important as they provide employment to many

Small and Medium Enterprise segment (SMEs), that comprise of small and medium sized businesses do provide employment to a large population, but that segment has largely been ignored in the current Economic System which has favoured only capitalist entities in India!!

 India’s GDP could be more if the neglected sectors are developed and grown

India’s GDP would definitely have been better if all it’s sectors of Economy were nurtured and attended to by the Indian Economic System. So, farmers, weavers, textile workers, labourers, workers, fishermen, small and medium enterprise constituents would have earned enough to lead a dignified life. Then with enough money in their hands, their purchasing power would be constant enough to keep them demanding essential goods and services – food, electricity, healthcare, education services and other goods required by them which would have a positive and real increase in India’s GDP.

India’s prosperity only possible if the neglected sectors are revived

It is high time India becomes that country where poverty is eradicated and everybody has enough to lead a decent basic standard of living. India’s Economic system of production has been unjust to the majority of its population involved in occupations mentioned before (agriculture and farming, traditional textile industry comprising khadi and handloom garments, small scale industry constituents, fishermen, factory and industry workers and labourers, hawkers, handicraft artisans, weavers and more) .

Here is a write up on how the small sector players actually employ people – rural women and even disabled youth – 

https://gramsevasangh.org/2019/11/13/sacred-economy-in-the-real-world-and-its-positive-impacts/

India’s Banking Sector crippled with NPAs

Another, really troubling fact is that Big Corporates and individuals have cheated many Public Sector Banking institutions with non-repayment of loans and gotten away with it for a long time. This has affected the common man, as when there are bad debts and non-performing assets(NPAs), the hard earned money of the bank’s depositors are unsafe, with the bank not having liquidity to pay back it’s depositors with all that the amount lost as unrecovered loans.

Outlook Magazines story on Indians fear in having their saving in Public Sector Banks
https://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/business-news-is-your-money-safe-why-indians-are-losing-their-trust-in-banks/302302

One of the latest cases is of Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank not able to recover Rs 4355 crore loan which it lent to Housing Development & Infrastructure Ltd. Due to this, there were concerns on PMC’s money liquidity availability and Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) intervened imposing restrictions on Depositors on withdrawing their own money from the bank. It has to be noted that mostly the common man with small earnings are affected here with their years of hard invested savings being insecure in a public sector bank.

Now figures show that Bank Credit lending has come down by 88%, banks are not comfortable to lend to companies like before in fear of NPAs increasing as these companies may not be able to pay the loan back in the prevailing economic climate which is not looking promising.

India’s Economic System favouring mostly the Big Corporate Entities been harmful

The above case is just one example of bad loans, owners of profit making companies like Kingfisher’s Vijay Mallaya and jewel company businessman Nirav Modi have gotten away from India earlier without paying back the loans and advances they secured amounting to crores of money. All this definitely shows that India’s Banking Sector is not healthy which is required for the good financial health of the Economy. This also reflects how big companies and businessmen get easy money from the system, that’s not the case for small sectors discussed before, even though the small sector has potential to employ a lot of population lifting them out of poverty and hardship.

India’s earlier GDP growth numbers due to economic boom benefiting only a small section

Now, all these problems existed for a long while, but India sustained some growing GDP numbers as IT companies and other constituents in the capitalist system employed a small section of people who earned degrees and worked hard. India’s GDP growth, was definitely one sided it never reflected the prosperity of the Nation as a whole.

Growth of Nation cannot happen just by encouraging sales of cars, aiding the automobile industry to grow, or sale of real estate that’s also a costly market, or being happy with earnings that come from air travel, or gold jewelry sales anymore. Government must cater to the requirements of small players rather than having India’s GDP grow by stimulating demand of the upper class segments on products and services of big companies, industries and economic powers. This is definitely a monster economy not giving a level playing field to small players!!

 Demonetisation worsened India’s Economy

Lately, India has further fallen deep into the economic crisis mess because of certain policies of the BJP Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, namely Demonetisation and GST tax regime.

Demonetisation in November 2016 had the Government declare old issues of 500 Rs and 2000 Rs notes to cease as acceptable legal tender to be replaced by new version of those currency notes.

Demonetisation, resulted in small entities in neglected sectors not have money liquidity to sustain business, overtime they were forced to shut down and lakhs of people lost jobs. Added to this, came the Goods and Services tax (GST), this magnified difficulties for the small, neglected sectors discussed before, as they could not pay tax and this increased their distress. Ideally, small and medium Industries and businesses should be exempted from tax until they mature with constant earnings and prosperity.

 Corruption eating away precious money…

Much more can be said on India’s Economy, especially how precious money is lost in corruption wastages. Even though India Metro Cities are saturated with unsustainable and unplanned development, more projects that are not required are introduced like the needless flyovers,skywalks, dam building on free flowing rivers and other things. Often, money gets allocated for those projects, and corruption has officials pocket money. Again, big companies that get tender for the project get fatter making money out of it. However, no development happens in rural areas which lacks basic roads, healthcare and educational facilities. There is no balanced all around development that would benefit the entire Nations with prosperity and peace.

 India needs to sort this situation else it’s going to be a prolonged suffering

A must mention is resulting deterioration in environmental conditions in India with Government having allowed big economic entities to pollute rivers, cut trees, reduce forest cover for business projects of big companies and industries.

India is definitely in a mist of a big economic and environmental crisis, hopefully, Government at least encourages all the sectors that became marginalized as they were neglected to develop now, so farmers, weavers, textile workers, artisans, labourers, small entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprise businesses workers get to earn a living and many millions of population get employed and skilled working in these sectors.

 

Preamble of Satyagraha for Sacred Economy

Our Demand

Zero tax, Refinance, Restructure, all Sacred sectors of Economy

Preamble

            Organizations of agricultural labor, crafts people, farmers, industrial labor, small vendors, small entrepreneurs, service providers and environmentalists have all come together under this Satyagraha for Sacred Economy. We believe in the ethical dictum, labor is sacred. Hence the name sacred economy. Broadly speaking this is a sector that uses less than forty percent automation and more than sixty percent human labor.

But the system of political economy that is ruling us today is the opposite of being sacred, a monster. The monster economy is monstrous both in its size and in its nature. It has no ethics, no morality. It has continued with the feudal policy of dividing work from worship, making the work demeaning and the worship exclusive. It is essentially an immoral system.

But then it delivered results and accrued wealth for a while. Not any more. The monster is now dying. With the fossil fuel crisis deepening it is likely to collapse completely. Unfortunately, instead of letting it die governments from all over the world are trying to revive the monster. We, on the contrary, believe that the collapse of the monster is a good development and that we should protect the humanity from getting crushed under the falling debris. Sacred Economy we believe can do this.

However, Sacred Economy is not a mere economic programme. For example, it cannot be introduced through government regulations alone. It is a holistic programme. It needs the participation of the people. It has three major dimensions to it. Individual commitment to simple living, societal commitment to cooperation and peaceful coexistence. And, a shift in government policy through a radical shift in the political economy.

This satyagraha, we are proud to say, has been conducted peacefully so far. The government has invited Gram Seva Sangh for talks. But we know we have a long way to go. When we succeed, remember, all of us shall be working under a better working condition with a sense of participation and joy. We can expect better wages for the working people.

What we are fighting for is essentially rural entrepreneurship. Why should only Ambanis and Adanis of the world be facilitated for entrepreneurship and leadership. Why cannot it be facilitated to the small sectors as well.

Let us tell the world that small people are not foolish and that the big people are not saintly either. Let us change the system of governance and make good people govern.

Gram Seva Sangh

+91 99800 43911 | gramsevasanghindia@gmail.com

Medha Patkar lends support for the Sacred Economy Movement – Video

Narmada Bachao activist, Medha Patkar addressing audience at the Joint Convention of the Sacred Economy that took place in Bangalore.

Maam with her wide range of practical experience in the field of activism by leading the Narmada Bachao Andolan movement gave very wise insights and perspectives, highlighting what it would take for a movement like, ‘Satyagraha in support of the Sacred Economy’ to be successful and impactful.

Gram  Seva Sangh’s movement in support of the Sacred Economy intends to be a movement of people to restructure India’s Economic system, for an economy that’s just, equitable and sustainable.

Sacred Economy is Economy of Permanance 

Maam, explains the need for a Sacred Economy which is an economy that esteems the value of labour. It is that the economy of permanence that not only gives livelihoods to most number of people but  ensures a healthy sustenance of a Nation’s economy with a system that encourages production of goods and services that are actually required by the country’s population, which is what real development should be all about.

Centralization of Power and Exploitation widespread in today’s Economic System

Sacred Economy is an economy of justice and equity. Today’s economic system favors the Corporates, industrialists and only works to satisfy the needs of the City dwellers. Their agenda is profits, and this is got by exploitation of groups that have become marginalised. Corporates and industries use the services of workers who produce goods but these labourers and workers have no job security. Factories and industries close down at will, leaving lakhs of workers unemployed. This is the current scenario where many car factories closed down due to economic slowdown and no demand, workers are abandoned.

These big Corporate and industrial entities have nexus with political powers as well and have been arrogant enough to have taken lands of farmers for development projects that won’t benefit the poor people who have been  displaced. Narmada Dam is an example of that. 

However, it’s the farmers who provide food security to the country, it is the industrial workers and labourers who are the real producers of many factory and industry made goods, and they are not compensated, looked after fairly. That is why Gram Seva Sangh calls the current economic system, a Monster Economy!!

Today’s Economy continues to destroy Country’s Wilderness –   Climate Change Threat

The Monster Economy, has centralized control over a country’s Natural Resources that should be freely available to every person. The big powers have taken control of land, water, rivers, forests and have damaged it as well, which has led to an environmental crisis.

In future if things go this way, there will be no land to grow essential food produce, there will be no water, there will be severe air pollution leaving us with no clean air to breath due to loss of greenery, forest cover and pollution caused by industries and people. This future is nearby too, scientists have said it’s possible that in 12 years time due to climate change the earth will be facing a mass extinction possibility!!  

The above point cannot be denied as we know the severe air quality problem, the very capital of our country faces – Delhi.  There is unusually heavy flooding occurring during rain down pours in Kerala, North Karnataka, Uttarakhand etc killing many people and wrecking their houses and lives .

The reasons for these are partly man made – depletion of trees in forests that did flood control by being a catchment area for rain water, encroachment of lake, river beds with illegal constructions leading to flooding, landslides dues to drilling and mining in mountainous and ecologically sensitive regions,  pollution of river water due to effluent flows of industrial and human waste and dams that curb the flow of the river affecting water quality, fish and aquatic life, their mismanagement also leads to floods as all the excessive and unnecessary dams constructed just to profit the large Corporation that build it, are opened simultaneously allowing suddenly now fierce water to move and cause destruction. Unauthorised mining in sensitive areas have been releasing toxic chemicals on water bodies and forest soil!! Many of Natural Calamities are man-made and this is slowly leading to the extinction of the whole planet in reality.

Sacred Economy is required to save our Countries’ Environment

In contrast to this, Sacred Economy not only revives the domestic economy of our Nation, it also is environmentally friendly as sectors of this Economy traditionally as well as now, make maximum use of local raw materials, they don’t take away Natural greenery or pollute air or water. The best part is Sacred Economy has been an intrinsic part of the Indian culture. India’s been respected and recognized for it’s handicraft , handloom and khadhi products, they have a special value because  of being handmade, making use of the artistic skills of local people.

Sacred Economy is required to revive India’s Economy

Sacred Economy is needed for factory workers and laborers, agriculturalists, fishermen, hawkers, handloom weavers, construction workers, anganwadi workers and women in these occupations and others in both rural and urban areas to get supported so these essential occupations are enough to sustain them for a living. Today’s Monster Economy has neglected these segments but Sacred Economy will work to develop these sectors, so that our Nation’s Economy is actually healthy with everyone getting livelihoods and thus acquiring purchasing power to buy required goods and services, which will sustain the Nation’s economy and lift the country out of the deep economic crisis it has gone into.

Currently India’s GDP has fallen. Banks and Govt. policy measures to stimulate consumer demand through their money and market mechanisms are only done to benefit Corporates and industries not the farmers, weavers and others mentioned earlier who qualify to be Sacred Economy constituents. These segments are left out and even the little benefits that they are entitled to receive by Political and Economic powers in the Monster Economy, don’t reach them a tall!!

Therefore, the current Monster Economy system has only widened income inequalities. If we as Indian Citizens desire our Country to have all around development with removal of poverty  along with the existence of healthy natural environments filled with greenery abundant enough to provide for clean air, clean water, then we should support Gram Seva Sangh’s Sacred economy movement. Whatever maybe the political climate, we can’t make excuses, we have to demand revival of Sacred Economy, that would also revive India’s basic indigenous industry.

So, join forces with Gram Seva Sangh in our Campaign in support of Sathyagraha for Sacred Economy.

 

 

An Urgent Appeal for Funds

Gram Seva Sangh

23-12-2019

Dear Fellow Travelers,

As you are aware, the Gram Seva Sangh (GSS) has been making efforts since 2015 to bring together urban and rural workers through programs, agitations and Satyagraha’s in order to create a new force for social justice and economic equity in the society. In recent months, our Satyagraha for the Sacred Economy has found wide acceptance in parts of the major cities in Karnataka. In our current efforts to expand the Satyagraha to district and Taluka centers, we are happy to share with you that we find a high degree of resonance with people’s aspirations as witnessed in their enthusiastic participation and support to our programs.

 

A few days ago, the central government invited the GSS to Delhi to discuss the demands put up by the Sangh during the October Satyagraha. During the discussions, the GSS has requested the government to speedily address our demands. Nonetheless, indications are that only a mass struggle is likely to force the government to accede to our demands.

 

Accordingly, our next step is to visit a large number of places across Karnataka to strengthen the struggle. The background and ongoing work needed for this is immense. Therefore we have had to take one more full time and two part time volunteers for the Bangalore office. These five volunteers have agreed to work with us for a much lower remuneration, arising from their own commitment for justice and equity in society. It is not out of place to mention that they have given up their previous high paying jobs in order to work with us.

 

We also have to plan for expenses for our activity in interior Karnataka. While we gratefully acknowledge your generosity in providing assistance to us in the past, we find that our collections are presently significantly lower than our needs. Consequently, we face a shortage of nearly one lac rupees every month.

 

Such a deficit cannot be met without expanding our circle of contributors. Our appeal to you is twofold:

  1. Please consider a commitment for monthly contributions to our cause
    1. Small contribution from your monthly income (Ex: from 2 to 10 thousand rupees) every month.
    2. Or, a yearly or a onetime contribution of say 12,000 rupees or more
  2. As a longtime supporter of the agenda of the GSS, please enlist supporters from amongst your friends, relatives and associates across India and make them a part of our family, both materially and otherwise.

We would be grateful for a quick response from you. A change from the past is that we have recently opened a current account in the name of Gram Seva Sangh. The details of the Bank Account are given below:

Account Name: Gram Seva Sangh

Account No: 6820702287

IFSC Code: IDIB000C007

Bank: Indian Bank

Branch: Chamarajapete, Bengaluru

Thank You
Prasanna
Mentor, Gram Seva Sangh

Gram Seva Sangh

Flat #102, Shesha Nivas, 1st Block, 1st Main,Thyagarajanagar, Bengaluru-560070

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2015 ರಿಂದ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘವು ಹಳ್ಳಿ ಮತ್ತು ಪಟ್ಟಣಗಳ ಶ್ರಮಿಕರನ್ನು ಹಲವಾರು ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ, ಹೋರಾಟ ಮತ್ತು ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಒಂದುಗೂಡಿಸಿ ಹೊಸ ಶಕ್ತಿಯನ್ನಾಗಿಸುವ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ನಿಮಗೆ ತಿಳಿದಿದೆ. ಸದ್ಯದ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹವು ದೊಡ್ಡ ನಗರಗಳಲ್ಲ್ಲಿ ಬಹಳ ಆಶಾದಾಯಕವಾದ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆಯನ್ನು ಕಂಡಿದ್ದು, ಹಾಗೇ ಮುಂದುವರೆದು ಕೆಲವು ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಮತ್ತು ತಾಲೂಕು ಕೇಂದ್ರಗಳಿಗೆ ವ್ಯಾಪಿಸಿ, ಭಾರೀ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಜನರ ಒಪ್ಪಿಗೆ ಮತ್ತು ಮೆಚ್ಚಿಗೆಯನ್ನು ಸತತವಾಗಿ ಕಾಣುತ್ತಲಿದ್ದೇವೆ ಎಂದು ನಿಮ್ಮೊಡನೆ ಹಂಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಇಚ್ಚಿಸುತ್ತೇವೆ.

ಇದೆಲ್ಲದರ ಪರಿಣಾಮವಾಗಿ ಕೆಲವು ದಿವಸಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರಕಾರವು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘವನ್ನು ದೆಹಲಿಗೆ ಆಹ್ವಾನಿಸಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ವಿಚಾರಣೆ ನಡೆಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ತಿಂಗಳ ಒಳಗೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಗಳನ್ನು ಈಡೇರಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದು ಕೇಳಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಆದರೆ ಸರಕಾರದಿಂದ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ನ್ಯಾಯೋಚಿತ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಮನ್ನಣೆ ಪಡೆಯಲು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಮಟ್ಟದ ಜನಾಂದೋಲನವೊಂದೇ ದಾರಿ ಎಂಬುದು ನಮ್ಮ ಗ್ರಹಿಕೆ. ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಬರುವ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ವಿಚಾರಗಳನ್ನು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಊರು ಕೇರಿಗಳ ಜನರ ಮುಂದಿಟ್ಟು ಹೋರಾಟವನ್ನು ಸಬಲಗೊಳಿಸುವ ಎಲ್ಲ ಕ್ರಮಗಳನ್ನು ನಾವು ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳುವುದೆಂದು ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಈ ಕೆಲಸಕ್ಕೆ ಪೂರ್ವಭಾವಿಯಾಗಿ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ ಕಚೇರಿಯು ಹೊಸ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳ ಮೇಲ್ವಿಚಾರಣೆಯನ್ನು ಸಕ್ಷಮವಾಗಿ ನಿರ್ವಹಿಸಲು ಒಬ್ಬ ಪೂರ್ಣಕಾಲಿಕ ಮತ್ತು ಇಬ್ಬರು ಅರ್ಧಕಾಲಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರನ್ನು ನೇಮಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ.

ಒಂದು ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಐದು ಜನ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರು ಸ್ವಯಂಸೇವಕರೂ ಹೌದು – ಪ್ರಚಲಿತ ಸಂಭಾವನೆಗಿಂತ ಬಹು ಕಡಿಮೆ ಗೌರವ ಧನಕ್ಕೆ ತಮ್ಮ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಕಳಕಳಿಗಳಿಂದ ಪ್ರೇರಿತರಾಗಿ ಇವರು ಕೆಲಸ ನಿರ್ವಹಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈ ವೆಚ್ಚಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಮ್ಮಿಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ನಮ್ಮ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳ ವೆಚ್ಚವೂ ಸೇರಿ ತಿಂಗಳ ಖರ್ಚಿನ ಕೊರತೆ ಸುಮಾರು ಒಂದು ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂಪಾಯಿಗಳಷ್ಟು ಇದೆ. ಇಂದು ಈ ಮಹದಾಶಯದ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹವನ್ನು ನಡೆಸಲು ನಮಗೆ ಸಂಪನ್ಮೂಲಗಳ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಕೊರತೆಯಿದೆ. ಈ ವೆಚ್ಚಗಳನ್ನು ಪೂರೈಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ನಿಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಉದಾರ ಕೊಡುಗೆಗಳು ಅತ್ಯಗತ್ಯವಾಗಿದೆ. ನಿಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಕೋರಿಕೆಗಳು ಎರಡು:

  1. ಪ್ರತಿ ತಿಂಗಳೂ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಗಳಿಕೆಯ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಭಾಗವನ್ನು (ಉದಾ: ರೂ. 2೦೦೦ ದಿಂದ 10,೦೦೦ ದ ವರೆಗೆ) ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘಕ್ಕೆ ಕೊಡುವ ಸಂಕಲ್ಪವನ್ನು ಮಾಡಿ ನಮಗೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿರಿ. ಪ್ರತಿ ತಿಂಗಳು ಕೊಡಲಾಗದ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ರೂ. 12,೦೦೦ ಅಥವಾ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಮೊತ್ತವನ್ನು ವರ್ಷಕ್ಕೊಮ್ಮೆ ಕೊಡುವ ನಿರ್ಧಾರವನ್ನು ಕೂಡ ನೀವು ಮಾಡಬಹುದು.
  2. ನಮ್ಮ ಉದ್ದೇಶಗಳ ಬೆಂಬಲಿಗರಾಗಿ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಸ್ನೇಹಿತ, ಬಂಧು ಸಹೋದ್ಯೋಗಿ ವರ್ಗಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಕೆಲಸದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿ ಅವರನ್ನು ಕೂಡ ನಮ್ಮ ಬಳಗಕ್ಕೆ ಸೇರಿಸಿ ಅವರ ಮೂಲಕ ಜನ ಧನ ಸಹಾಯದ ಸಂಕಲ್ಪವನ್ನು ಅನುವು ಮಾಡಿಕೊಡಿ.

ನಿಮ್ಮ ಇತ್ಯಾತ್ಮಕ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆಗಳನ್ನು ನಾವು ಎದಿರುಗಾಣುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಈಚೆಗೆ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘದ ಹೆಸರಿನಲ್ಲೇ ಒಂದು ಚಾಲ್ತಿ ಖಾತೆ (current account) ತೆರೆಯಲಾಗಿದೆ. ವಿವರಗಳು ಕೆಳಕಂಡಂತಿವೆ

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Journey from the weavers Banashankari Padayatra to Scared Economy Satyagraha

A short report of important events of the Satyagraha in 2019

This Satyagraha is happening since Seven years. Seven years ago, a long march was initiated called Banashankari yatra in North Karnataka by weavers in support of their demands for a better livelihood. Later it became a Handmade Satyagraha When GST was imposed on the Hand-making sector. Today, it has taken the form of a Satyagraha for Sacred Economy.

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  1. Sep 2019, Satyagraha started in Bangalore following representations from various corners of Karnataka regarding the need for a public face to the struggles of handmade industry, small scale production facilities, agriculture, etc.
  2. From Sept 25 to 30th, the Satyagraha was introduced through several cultural events such as, a Khadi Fashion show, from the young, Rendering of Ramayana, a Mushaira, Road collection of funds while spreading awareness about the struggle of ordinary people etc. There was a Labour convention with Vandana Shiva, The environmental activist being present.
  3. October 1, workshop for the economist and students on Sacred Economy, at St. Joseph College Community Hall, Bengaluru.
  4. Oct 2nd a relay fast was began. And continued till the 5th.
  5. October 3, there was a big rally of industrial workers in support of the Satyagraha at Bengaluru
  6. Oct 6, Shri. Prasanna started an indefinite fast at the Vallabha Niketana, Bengaluru.
  7. 10th Oct, Shri. Deve Gowda, former PM of India, and Shri. Siddaramaiah, former CM of Karnataka, met Shri. Prasanna and assured him of their support for the demands of the Satyagraha.
  8. On the same day, Shri. Ashwathanarayana, Deputy CM of Karnataka, met Shri. Prasanna at the site of the Satyagraha and discussed the demands with him.
  9. Several protest meetings across Karnataka were held in support of the Satyagraha. Many groups fasted in support as well.
  10. October 11, Shri. Sadananda Gowda, Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, met Shri. Prasanna to discuss the demands of the Satyagraha. He assured that the central government is ready for discussions on the demands, and that he would use his good offices to arrange a meeting with the MSME and Finance ministries within a month. He also implored Shri. Prasanna to end his fast.
  11. After seven days of fasting, on the occasion of the Jayaprakash Narain Day, Shri. Prasanna ended his fast.
  12. Peaceful Satyagraha continued. From Oct 20 to Nov 25 15 District Conventions were held across Karnataka. Several of these meetings received huge response from people who urged that the sacred economy needs an urgent rejuvenation for the survival of livelihoods of poor people.
  13. On Dec 1 a huge joint convention of Rural and Urban workers and environmentalist was held at Bengaluru. Medha Patkar joined the convention.

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The First Meeting between MSME GOI and delegation of Gram Seva Sangh

The First Meeting between MSME, Govt. of India, and delegation of Gram Seva Sangh

06.12.2019, #10, Pandit Pant Marg, New Delhi-01

Delegates

Prasanna, Theatre Director, Social Activist, Karnataka

Medha Patkar, Social Activist, Bhopal

Sunil Sahasrabudhey, Founder President, Vidya Ashram, Sarnath

Chitra. S, National Convener, Lokavidya Jan Andolan, Banaras

Manjari Nirula, Past President, Delhi Craft Council, New Delhi

K V Biju, National Organization Secretary, Swadeshi Andolan, Kerala

Abhilash C A, Convener, Gram Seva Sangh, Bengaluru

The demand put forward by Gram Seva Sangh

Zero tax, Refinance, Restructure, all sacred sectors of economy on a war footing

Preamble

  • Economic systems all over the world have always been like a pyramid, with the concentration of wealth at the tip of it. This tendency became even more pronounced with the industrialization and subsequent increase in automation. The pyramid started becoming bigger and bigger with more and more wealth concentrating at the tip. Indian economy is no exception.

 

  • Handmaking sector, and the vast population attached to it, has always remained at the bottom of this pyramid. But today, with the structure becoming so huge, they have almost been crushed to death.

 

  • When we say Sacred sector, we mean the Hand-making sector plus the small sectors (less than forty percent automation) belonging to the automatic machine sector.

 

  • When we say hand-making sector we mean, Khadi and village industries sector as defined by J.C. Kumarappa and Gandhiji, farm sector as defined by the Swaminanthan Committee, handloom and handicraft sector, under the Ministry of Textiles.

 

  • Hand-making has also been called Informal Economy (IE). We believe it is an insult to call it that. Our farmer’s weavers and crafts people were not only a skilled lot but a highly organized lot. They, for example, exported their products, after doing elaborate value addition, all through history. They earned large amounts of wealth, till the British came and forcibly took over our economy.

 

  • Be that as it may, Informal Economy (IE) represents 90 to 93 percent of Indian population. If we exclude the tip of the IE pyramid, consisting of professionals such as lawyers, doctors and other consultants, and include the under belly of the so called organized sector, (such as small vendors, small traders, small service providers, small manufacturers, machine shops that use less than forty percent automation) we get what we have called the sacred sector of economy. The sacred sector covers a staggering ninety percent of the Indian population. This large productive force has, unfortunately, been neglected by successive Indian Governments.

 

  • Nothing seems to reach the sacred sector. Job reservations do not reach them. Economic reform, introduced during the last two and half decade, does not reach them. Entrepreneurship is almost completely and quite deliberately extinguished from it. Cooperative as a system of production was destroyed systematically. Probably the only exception to this sad plight of the sector is the introduction of MGNREGA.

 

  • Doles are given to this sector. Free provisions, free education, free health care, etc. But doles either do not reach them or are being withdrawn systematically through reduction in budgetary allocation. No wonder Indian economy is collapsing.

 

  • We agree that freebies are not an answer to our economic ills. Structural reforms need to be undertaken on a war footing in the sacred sector. But instead successive governments have adopted a policy of appeasement of, what we call, the monster economy. We are trying to revive the dying monster. Monster economy is monstrous both in its size and nature. It kills jobs. Now, it is killing itself. We should let the monster dye its natural death.

 

  • Sacred sector does not mean merely the village economy. We do realize we have moved a long distance away from the village and village industry. We do realize that humanity has become addicted to automation and that de-addiction process has to be a gradual process. That is why we have suggested formula, as the ratio of human labor to automation. Sacred sector is village sector plus small urban sector, hand-making sector plus a limited use of automation.

 

  • We want the implementation of sacred economy not as a top down exercise but as a genuine exercise leading towards complete sacredness in the economy. Let us not forget that labor is sacred according to the tenets of the saintly traditions of India.

 

  • Sacred Economy, we do not need to tell you, can solve all the three gigantic problems facing humanity today; Economic collapse, Environmental degradation and Social strife.

Attachment – 1: Definitions of various terms used by Gram Seva Sangh

  • Sacred Economy means a system of production that utilizes a minimum of, sixty percent human labor and sixty percent local raw material. It also means less than forty percent use of automation and less than forty percent use of imported raw material.

 

  • Local Raw material broadly means material that is available in a radius of hundred kilometers from the site of production. Imported Raw Material broadly means material that is brought from outside of this radius.

 

  • Monster economy is the opposite of the sacred economy. The current global system of industrial production is in-fact a monster. It utilizes heavy automation, heavily imported raw material and is capital intensive.

 

  • Scale: The scale has complete hand-making and local raw material at one end. The other end of the scale has complete automation and complete imported raw material. According to this scale, for example, Handmade products are hundred percent sacred, while products made of small industries, with small automation, etc are relatively less sacred, but still eligible, as long as they remain within the sixty percent limit.

 

  • Products made out of more than forty percent automation and more than forty percent imported raw materials are, of course, monstrous.

 

  • We are asking for a Policy of Positive Discrimination towards the sacred economy. As we move forward with this program we should gradually and systematically also move away from the monster economy without creating major disturbances in the overall economy.

 

  • An Example of the Sacred Sector. Consider the example of Khadi. According to the scale, if Khadi is hundred percent sacred, handloom is eighty percent sacred and power-loom sixty percent sacred. Yet, power-loom is eligible for the benefit we have demanded. In this sense the demand is inclusive. It includes, for positive discrimination, small industry, machine shop, small traders, service sector and such, along with the village industry and agriculture.

Attachment – 2: Advantages of Sacred Economy

  • Sacred Economy creates jobs. And, not kill jobs.
  • Sacred Economy is environment friendly. It helps control climate change.
  • Sacred Economy creates a better social environment, without strife and without violence.
  • Sacred Economy is built on restraint and hence Dharmic.
  • The Monster economy, on the contrary, is built on excessive competition and greed.
  • Monster Economy, Hence, is irreligious.
  • Sacred Economy reduces the pressure on big cities.
  • Sacred Economy reduces the migration of village poor. Helps revive the village.
  • Sacred economy helps the revive nature.
  • India is still largely a domestic economy. Hence Sacred Economy is a system of production that is better suited to India. The working hands and the skill base are even now our strengths.
  • Excessive automation is, most certainly, not India’s strength.

Attachment – 3: Satyagraha Demand letter sent to Prime Minister Office on 6, Oct, 2019

Attachment – 4: An Open Letter to PM signed by eminent people in support of Satyagraha

Attachment – 5: Letter from Central Minister, D.V. Sadananda Gowda to Sri Nirmala Sitaraman Ji

Attachment – 6: A reminder letter we wrote to Central Minister D.V.Sadananda Gowda Ji

Attachment – 7: A short report of important events of the Satyagraha in 2019

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Sathyagraha in Support of the Sacred Economy – Report and Update ( Kannada)

ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಏಕೆ?

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಜಾರಿಗೊಳಿಸಲಿಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಗ್ರಾಮಸೇವಾಸಂಘವು ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ-ವೊಂದನ್ನು ಆರಂಭಿಸಿದೆ. ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯೆಂದರೆ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಹೂಡಿಕೆಮಾಡಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚುಜನರಿಗೆ ದುಡಿಯುವ ಮಾರ್ಗ ತೋರಿಸಬಲ್ಲ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ, ಪ್ರಕೃತಿಗೆ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಹಾನಿಕಾರಕವಾದ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ. ವಾಲ್ಮೀಕಿ ಮುನಿಗಳು ರಾಮಾಯಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೂಚಿಸುವ ಪ್ರಕೃತಿತತ್ವ ಹಾಗೂ ಪುರುಷತತ್ವಗಳ ಪ್ರೀತಿರ್ಪೂವಕ ಸಹಬಾಳ್ವೆಯ ಆದರ್ಶವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ.

ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ಸೋಲುತ್ತಿದೆ

ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯು ಇಂದು ಇಡೀ ಜಗತ್ತನ್ನೇ ಆವರಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದೆ. ತನ್ನ ಗುಣ ಹಾಗೂ ಗಾತ್ರ ಎರಡರಲ್ಲೂ ಇದು ರಾಕ್ಷಸವೇ ಆಗಿದೆ. ವಿಪರ್ಯಾಸವೆಂದರೆ ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ಇಂದು ಸೋಲತೊಡಗಿದೆ. ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲ, ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಹಾಗೂ ನಮ್ಮ ಸುತ್ತಲಿನ ವಾತಾವರಣವನ್ನು ಸಹ ಅದು ಸೋಲಿಸತೊಡಗಿದೆ. ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಮಣಿಸಿ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಜಾರಿ ಗೊಳಿಸಲಿಕ್ಕೆ ಇದು ಸೂಕ್ತ ಸಮಯವಾಗಿದೆ.

ರಾಕ್ಷಸರನ್ನು ಗೆಲ್ಲಿಸಬೇಕೆ?

ಗೆಲ್ಲಿಸಬಾರದು. ಆದರೆ, ವಿಶ್ವದಾದ್ಯಂತ ವಿವಿಧಸರಕಾರಗಳು ಜನರ ತೆರಿಗೆಹಣದಿಂದ ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಬದುಕಿಸಲು ಹೆಣಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾವೆ. ಇದೊಂದು ದುರಂತವೇ ಸರಿ. 

ಸಣ್ಣ ಹಾಗೂ ಮಧ್ಯಮಗಾತ್ರದ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಗಳು ಬಿಕ್ಕಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿರುವಾಗ, ಕೃಷಿಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ, ನೇಕಾರರು, ಕುಶಲಕರ್ಮಿಗಳು ವೃತ್ತಿ ತೊರೆದು ಪಟ್ಟಣಗಳಿಗೆ ಗುಳೆ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿರುವಾಗ, ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸುವುದು ಅಕ್ಷಮ್ಯ ಅಪರಾಧವಾಗಿದೆ. 

ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕತೆ ಪವಿತ್ರವಲ್ಲ

ಆದರೇನು, ಪಾವಿತ್ಯ್ರದ ಅರ್ಥವನ್ನೇ ಬದಲು ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕತಾವಾದ, ಜಾತಿವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಲಿಂಗತಾರತಮ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಪಾವಿತ್ಯ್ರದ ಹೆಸರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಂದೊತ್ತಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.

ನಮ್ಮ ಬೇಡಿಕೆ

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ, ಶೂನ್ಯತೆರಿಗೆ ವಿಧಿಸಬೇಕು, ರಿಫೈನಾನ್ಸ್ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯ ಒದಗಿಸಬೇಕು, ಹಾಗೂ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದ ಸಮಗ್ರ ಸುಧಾರಣೆಗಾಗಿ ಸರಕಾರವು ಸಮರೋಪಾದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ವೈಜ್ಞಾನಿಕ ಅಳತೆ ಸಾಧ್ಯವೇ?

ಅಳತೆಯೇ ಸಾಧ್ಯವಿರದ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಯಿದು, ಒಂದೊಮ್ಮೆ ಸರಕಾರವು ಬೇಡಿಕೆ ಈಡೇರಿಸಲು ಮನಸ್ಸು ಮಾಡಿದರೂ ಸಹ, ಈಡೇರಿಸಲಾಗದುಎಂದು ಹಲವರಿಗೆ ಅನ್ನಿಸಿದೆ. ಹಾಗೇನಿಲ್ಲ. ಖಂಡಿತವಾಗಿ ಈಡೇರಿಸಬಹುದಾದ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಯಿದು. ವಿವರಿಸುತ್ತೇವೆ.

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಗೊಂದು ಮಾನದಂಡವಿದೆ

ಅದು ಹೀಗಿದೆ. ಮಾನದಂಡದ ಒಂದು ತುದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಕೈಉತ್ಪಾದನೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಕಚ್ಚಾವಸ್ತುವಿನ ಬಳಕೆ ಇದ್ದರೆ, ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ತುದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಸ್ವಯಂಚಾಲಕತೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ವಿದೇಶಿ ಕಚ್ಚಾಮಾಲಿನ ಬಳಕೆ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. 

ಸ್ವದೇಶಿ ಮಿತಿ

ಸ್ವದೇಶಿಯ ಮಿತಿಯನ್ನು ನಾವು, ಸದ್ಯದ ಚಾರಿತ್ರಿಕ ಸಂದರ್ಭವನ್ನು ಗಮನ ದಲ್ಲಿರಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು, ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದಿಂದ ಒಂದು ನೂರು ಕಿಲೋಮೀಟರುಗಳು ಎಂದು ನಿಗದಿಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದಾಚಿನದ್ದು ವಿದೇಶಿ ಎಂದು ಪರಿಗಣಿತವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಈ ಹಿಂದೆ ಗಾಂಧೀಜಿಯವರು, ಗ್ರಾಮಸ್ವರಾಜ್ಯದ ಘೋಷಣೆ ಮಾಡುವಾಗ, ಈ ಮಿತಿಯನ್ನು ಕೇವಲ ಎಂಟು ಕಿಲೋಮೀಟರುಗಳು, ಅಥವ ಐದು ಮೈಲಿಗಳು ಎಂದು ಗುರುತಿಸಿದ್ದರು.

60-40ರ ಅನುಪಾತ

ಸದರಿ ಮಾನದಂಡದಲ್ಲಿ, 60-40ರ ಅನುಪಾತದಲ್ಲಿ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಇರಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಅರ್ಥಾತ್ ಯಾವ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾಕ್ಷೇತ್ರವು ಕನಿಷ್ಠ ಅರವತ್ತು ಪ್ರತಿಶತ ಮಾನವಶ್ರಮವನ್ನು ಬಳಕೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತದೆಯೋ, ಗರಿಷ್ಠ ನಲವತ್ತು ಪ್ರತಿಶತಕ್ಕೆ ಮೀರದಂತೆ ಸ್ವಯಂಚಾಲಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಬಳಕೆಮಾಡುತ್ತದೆಯೋ ಅವೆಲ್ಲವೂ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಗಳು ಎಂದು ಪರಿಗಣಿತವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಕಚ್ಚಾ ಮಾಲಿಗೂ ಇದೇ 60-40ರ ಅನುಪಾತ ಅನ್ವಯಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. 

ಕುಸಿಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಗೆ ರಾಮಬಾಣ

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ಮಾನದಂಡವನ್ನು ಅನುಸರಿಸುವ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ಘಟಕಗಳಿಗೆ ಶೂನ್ಯ ತೆರಿಗೆಯ (ಜಿ.ಎಸ್.ಟಿ.) ಸೌಲಭ್ಯ ಸಿಗಬೇಕು, ರಿಫೈನಾನ್ಸಿಂಗ್ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯ ಸಿಗಬೇಕು, ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಸುದಾರಣೆಯ ಎಲ್ಲ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಗಳು ಈ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಆಗಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ನಾವು ಬಯಸುತ್ತೇವೆ. 

ಕುಸಿಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ಭಾರತದ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಮತ್ತೆ ಮೇಲೆತ್ತಿ ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸಲಿಕ್ಕೆ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯೊಂದೇ ರಾಮಬಾಣ. ಮುಂದುವರೆದ ಇತರೇ ದೇಶಗಳಿಗೆ ಹೋಲಿಸಿದರೆ ನಮ್ಮದು ಮೂಲತಃ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂಬ ಸಂಗತಿಯನ್ನು ನಾವು ಮರೆಯದಿರೋಣ.

ಜಾರಿಗೊಳಿಸುವ ವಿಧಾನ, ಒಂದು ಉದಾಹರಣೆ

ವಾಹನ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರವನ್ನೇ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳಿ. ಸಂಘಟಿತ ವಲಯದ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆಯ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಹಾಗೆಂದೇ ಸರಕಾರವು ಈ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದ ಉದ್ದಿಮೆದಾರರಿಗೆ ಲಕ್ಷ ಲಕ್ಷ ಕೋಟಿ ರೂಪಾಯಿಗಳ ತೆರಿಗೆ ವಿನಾಯಿತಿ ನೀಡಿದೆ. ಆದರೂ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಿತ ಫಲ ಕಾಣುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. ಏಕೆ?

ಏಕೆಂದರೆ, ಕೆಲಸಗಾರರು ದೊಡ್ಡಸಂಖ್ಯೆಯಲ್ಲಿರುವುದು ಮಾರುತಿ, ಫೋರ್ಡ್, ಟೋಯೋಟಾ ಅಸ್ಸೆಂಬ್ಲಿ ಲೈನಿನಲ್ಲಲ್ಲ, ಅವರಿರುವುದು ಸಣ್ಣಸಣ್ಣ ಬಿಡಿಭಾಗಗಳ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ಘಟಕಗಳಲ್ಲಿ. ಇಂದು ಅವು ಮುಚ್ಚತೊಡಗಿವೆ. ಉದಾಹರಣೆಗೆ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ನಗರದಲ್ಲಿ, ಏಷಿಯಾಖಂಡದ ಅತಿದೊಡ್ಡ ಇಂಡಸ್ಟ್ರಿಯಲ್ ಎಸ್ಟೇಟ್ ಎಂದೇ ಹೆಸರಾಗಿರುವ ಪೀಣ್ಯ ಇದೆ. ಅದು ಮುಚ್ಚತೊಡಗಿದೆ. 

ಸಂಘಟಿತ ಹಾಗೂ ಅಸಂಘಟಿತ ವಲಯಗಳ ಜಂಟಿ ಚಳುವಳಿಯಿದು

ಈ ದೇಶದ ಪೀಣ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಸಲಹಿ, ರಾಕ್ಷಸಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನಲ್ಲ, ಎಂದು ನಾವು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.   ಈ ಅರ್ಥದಲ್ಲಿ, ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ಹೋರಾಟವು ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಅಸಂಘಟಿತ ವಲಯ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಂಘಟಿತ ನಗರ ವಲಯಗಳ ಕೆಲಸಗಾರರ ಜಂಟಿ ಚಳುವಳಿಯೂ ಹೌದಾಗಿದೆ.

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಎಂಬ ಪದವೇಕೆ ?

ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹಕ್ಕೆ ಹಲವು ಆಯಾಮಗಳಿವೆ. ಉದ್ಯೋಗಸೃಷ್ಟಿ ಮೊದಲ ಆಯಾಮವಾದರೆ. ಪರಿಸರಸ್ನೇಹ ಹಾಗೂ ಪ್ರಕೃತಿ ರಕ್ಷಣೆ ಅದರ ಎರಡನೆಯ ಆಯಾಮ. ಸಮಾಜವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಅದರ ಮೂರನೆಯ ಆಯಾಮ. 

ಸಮಾಜಿಕ ಪಿಡುಗುಗಳಾದ ಜಾತಿಪದ್ಧತಿ ಲಿಂಗತಾರತಮ್ಯ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿಗಳನ್ನು ಹೋರಾಡುವುದು ಕೂಡ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹದ ಉದ್ದೇಶವಾಗಿದೆ. ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕತೆಯ ಭಾವನೆ ಪವಿತ್ರವಲ್ಲ, ಶ್ರಮದ ಬದುಕೇ ಪವಿತ್ರವಾದದ್ದು ಎಂದು ನಾವು ಧೃಡವಾಗಿ ನಂಬುತ್ತೇವೆ.

ಶ್ರಮಪರಂಪರೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಂತ ಚಳುವಳಿಗಳು

ಬಸವಣ್ಣನವರ ಮುಂದಾಳತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ಕಲ್ಯಾಣ ಕ್ರಾಂತಿ ಅಥವಾ ಸಂತ ರವಿದಾಸರ ಮುಂದಾಳತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ಸಂತ ಚಳುವಳಿ ಅಥವಾ ಸಂತಕಬೀರರ ಚಳುವಳಿ, ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ಎಲ್ಲವೂ ಉದ್ಯೋಗಸೃಷ್ಟಿ ಪರಿಸರರಕ್ಷಣೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಜಾತಿನಾಶ ಮೂರೂ ಉದ್ದೇಶಗಳನ್ನೂ….. ಹೊಂದಿದ್ದವು ಎಂಬುದು ಗಮನಾರ್ಹ ಸಂಗತಿಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಕಾಯಕವೇ ಕೈಲಾಸವೆಂದರೆ, ಚಮ್ಮಾರಿಕೆಯೇ ಕೈಲಾಸ, ನೇಕಾರಿಕೆಯೇ ಕೈಲಾಸ, ಎಂದಲ್ಲವೇ?

ಮಂದಿರ ಮಾತ್ರವೇ ಪವಿತ್ರವಲ್ಲ!

ಶೂದ್ರರಿಗೆ ಪ್ರವೇಶ ನಿರಾಕರಿಸುವ ಮಂದಿರಗಳು ಪವಿತ್ರ ಹೇಗಾದಾವು? ಬೀದಿಬದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕುಳಿತಿರುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ರವಿದಾಸರೂ ಪವಿತ್ರ ನಮಗೆ. ಶೂದ್ರರನ್ನು ಸಂಘಟಿಸಿದ ಬುದ್ಧ, ಅಲ್ಲಮ, ಮಂಟೇಸ್ವಾಮಿ, ಮಲೆಮಹದೇಶ್ವರ, ಜುಂಜಪ್ಪ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ಸಂತರೆಲ್ಲರೂ ಪವಿತ್ರ ನಮಗೆ. ಗ್ರಾಮಸೇವಾಸಂಘವು ಕಳೆದ ಹಲವಾರು ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ, ಎಲ್ಲ ಶ್ರಮಜೀವಿ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಗಳಿಗೆ ಪಾದಯಾತ್ರೆ ನಡೆಸಿ ನಂತರವೇ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ಹೋರಾಟವನ್ನು ಕೈಗೆತ್ತಿ ಕೊಂಡಿರುವುದು.

ನಗರದ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ಪವಿತ್ರರಲ್ಲವೇ?

ಖಂಡಿತವಾಗಿಯೂ ಹೌದು. ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಯೆಂದರೆ ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ಮಾತ್ರ ಎಂಬ ಸೀಮಿತ ಅರ್ಥ ಹೊರಸೂಸುವ ಸಾಧ್ಯತೆ ಇದೆಯೆಂದೇ ನಾವು ಈ ಬಾರಿಯ ಚಳುವಳಿಯನ್ನು ಗ್ರಾಮಸ್ವರಾಜ್ಯ ಚಳುವಳಿ ಎಂದು ಕರೆಯಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಸ್ವಚ್ಚತಾ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು, ಮಹಿಳಾ ಗಾರ್ಮೆಂಟ್ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು, ಕಾರ್ಖಾನೆಗಳ ಯಂತ್ರಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು, ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಇಂದು ಸಂಕಷ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಹಾಗಾಗಿ ಈ ಎಲ್ಲರನ್ನು ಒಳಗೊಂಡ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರವನ್ನು ಪವಿತ್ರವೆಂದು ಗುರುತಿಸಿದ್ದೇವೆ ನಾವು.

ಬೇಡಿಕೆ ತೀರ ದೊಡ್ಡದಾಯಿತಲ್ಲವೇ?

ಹೌದು. ಬೇಡಿಕೆ ದೊಡ್ಡದು. ಸಣ್ಣದಿದ್ದರೆ ಛಂದವಿತ್ತು. ಆದರೇನು ಮಾಡೋಣ ಹೇಳಿ. ಇಂದಿನ ಸಂಕಷ್ಟ ದೊಡ್ಡದು. ಸಣ್ಣ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಗಳ ಹೋರಾಟಗಳು ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಿತ ಫಲ ನೀಡುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. ಶ್ರಮಿಕರನ್ನು ಅವು ವರ್ಗೀಕರಿಸಿ ಹರಿದು ಹಂಚಿಹೋಗುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಿವೆ.

ಮಾಡು ಇಲ್ಲವೆ ಮಡಿ

ಮಾಡು ಇಲ್ಲವೇ ಮಡಿ ಎಂಬಂತಹ ಕಾಲಘಟ್ಟವಿದು. ಹಾಗೆಂದೇ ವಿಶ್ವದಾದ್ಯಂತ ಯುವಕನತೆ ಇxiಟಿಛಿಣioಟಿ ಖebeಟಟioಟಿ ಎಂಬ ಹೆಸರಿನ ಶಾಂತಿಯುತ ಅಸಹಕಾರ ಚಳುವಳಿಯನ್ನು ಆರಂಭಿಸಿರುವುದು. ನಮಗೆ ತಾಳ್ಮೆಯಿದೆ. ಆಡಳಿತಗಾರರು ತಾಳ್ಮೆ ಕಳೆದು ಕೊಂಡರೇನಂತೆ, ನಾವು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳದಿರೋಣ. ಶಾಂತಿರೀತಿಯ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಆಚರಿಸೋಣ.

 

ಏನಿದರ ರಾಜಕೀಯ?

ಈ ಚಳುವಳಿಗೆ ಪಕ್ಷ ರಾಜಕಾರಣದ ಸಂಪರ್ಕವಿಲ್ಲ, ಇರಬಾರದು. ಇಷ್ಟಕ್ಕೂ, ಕೇವಲ ಪಕ್ಷ ರಾಜಕಾರಣ ಸಭ್ಯತೆಯ ಈ ಮಹಾನ್ ಬಿಕ್ಕಟ್ಟನ್ನು ಪರಿಹರಿಸಲಾರದು, ಸದ್ಯಕ್ಕಂತೂ ಪರಿಹರಿಸಲಾರದು. 

ಹಾಗೆಂದ ಮಾತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ, ಆಡಳಿತ ಪಕ್ಷವೂ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಯಾವುದೇ ಪಕ್ಷದ ಯಾವುದೇ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರನ್ನೂ ನಾವು ದೂರ ಇಡುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. ನೀವು ನಮ್ಮ ಜೊತೆಗೂಡಿ, ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಜಾರಿಗೆ ತರುವಂತೆ ನಿಮ್ಮನಿಮ್ಮ ಪಕ್ಷಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ನೈತಿಕಒತ್ತಡ ಹೇರಿಎಂದು ಎಲ್ಲ ಪಕ್ಷಗಳ ಎಲ್ಲ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರಿಗೆ ಕರೆ ನೀಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

ಇದೊಂದು ನೈತಿಕ ಹೋರಾಟ

ಕೊಳ್ಳುಬಾಕರಾಗದಂತೆ ಜನರಮೇಲೆ ನೈತಿಕಒತ್ತಡ ಹೇರುವುದು ಹಾಗೂ ಪವಿತ್ರಪದಾರ್ಥ ಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾತ್ರವೇ ಬಳಸುವಂತೆ ಅವರನ್ನು ಉತ್ತೇಜಿಸುವುದು ಈ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹದ ಉದ್ದೇಶವಾಗಿದೆ.

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ಪರವಾಗಿ ಕಾನೂನಾತ್ಮಕ ಕ್ರಮಗಳನ್ನು ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕೆಂದು ಸರಕಾರಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ಸಹ ನಾವು ನೈತಿಕ ಒತ್ತಡವನ್ನು ಹೇರುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ ಎಂದರೆ ಯಾರು?

ನಾವು ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕ ಸಂಘಟನೆಯಲ್ಲ. ಅಥವಾ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹದ ಮೂಲಕ ಅಧಿಕಾರ ಹಿಡಿಯಬೇಕು ಎಂಬ ಹಂಬಲವೂ ನಮಗಿಲ್ಲ. ಗ್ರಾಮಸೇವಾಸಂಘವು ರಚನಾತ್ಮಕ ಕಾರ್ಯ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿರುವ ವಿವಿಧ ಸಂಘಟನೆಗಳ ಒಕ್ಕೂಟವಾಗಿದೆ ದುಡಿಯುವ ಕÉೈಗಳಿಗೆ ಕೆಲಸ ಸಿಕ್ಕಲಿ ಸುತ್ತಲ ಪರಿಸರವೂ 

ನಳನಳಿಸಿ ಬೆಳೆಯಲಿ ಎಂಬುದಷ್ಟೇ ನಮ್ಮ ಆಶಯವಾಗಿದೆ. ಒಮ್ಮೆ ಆಶಯ ಕೈಗೂಡಿತೆಂದರೆ ನಾವು ನಮ್ಮನಮ್ಮ ರಚನಾತ್ಮಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಹಿಂದಿರುಗುವವರಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

ಎಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಇರಿ, ಅಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಮಾಡಿ

ಆದರೆ ಸಂಯಮದಿಂದ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಮಾಡಿ, ಪ್ರೀತಿಯಿಂದ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಮಾಡಿ. ನೀವು ಸಿಟ್ಟಾದರೆ ನೀವು ಬೈದಾಡಿದರೆ ಅಥವಾ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಆಯ್ಕೆಯ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಪಕ್ಷಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಈ ವೇದಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ಬಳಸಿದರೆ ನಾವು ನಿಮ್ಮೊಂದಿಗಿರುವುದಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಮರೆಯದಿರಿ. ನಾವು ಜನರೊಂದಿಗಿರಬಯಸುತ್ತೇವೆ, ಪ್ರಕೃತಿಯ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಇರಬಯಸುತ್ತೇವೆÉ.

ಇತರರು ಸಿಟ್ಟಾದರೆ, ನಾನೇನು ಮಾಡಲಿ?

ಸಿಟ್ಟು ಒಂದು ರೋಗ ಅದು ಇದೆ. ಸಿಟ್ಟಿನ ರೋಗವನ್ನು ನಿವಾರಿಸದೆ ಸತ್ಯ ಕಾಣಿಸದು. ಸಿಟ್ಟನ್ನು ಸಹಿಸಿರಿ, ಆದರೆ ಇತರರು ನಿಮ್ಮ ಸಿಟ್ಟನ್ನು ಸಹಿಸುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡದಿರಿ.

ಸರಕಾರಗಳ ನಿಲುವು

ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ನೀಡುವ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ಪರಿಸರ ರಕ್ಷಿಸುವ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ಸರಕಾರಗಳು ವಿಪರೀತ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತವೆ. ಆದರೆ ಕೃತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ತದ್ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಮಾಡುತ್ತವೆ. ದೊಡ್ಡ ಉದ್ಯಮಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಹಣ ನೀಡುತ್ತವೆ. ದೊಡ್ಡ ಉದ್ಯಮಿಗಳೋ ತಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಇನ್ನೂ ದೊಡ್ಡವರಾಗಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವತ್ತ, ವಿಶ್ವವನ್ನೇ ಯಾಂತ್ರೀಕರಿಸುವತ್ತ ಗಮನ ಹರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಕೆಲಸ ಕೊಲ್ಲುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ಪರಿಸರ ಹಾಳುಗೆಡವುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ಅವರು.

ಗ್ರೇಟಾ ಥನ್‍ಬರ್ಗ್

ಸ್ವೀಡನ್ನಿನ ಈ ಹುಡುಗಿ ವಿಶ್ವದ ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಉದ್ಯಮಪತಿಗಳನ್ನು ಕೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾಳೆ, “ನಿಮ್ಮ ಲಾಭಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ನನ್ನ ಭವಿಷ್ಯವನ್ನೇಕೆ ಮಣ್ಣು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದೀರಿ, ವಾತಾವರಣವನ್ನೇಕೆ ಹಾಳುಗೆಡುವುತ್ತಿದ್ದೀರಿ”. ನಾವು ಸಹ ಇದೇ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಯನ್ನು ಕೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ, ಆದರೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ನಿರ್ದಿಷ್ಟವಾಗಿ ಕೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯೊಂದೇ ವಾತಾವರಣವನ್ನು ರಕ್ಷಿಸಲಿಕ್ಕಿರುವ ದಾರಿ ಎಂಬ ಉತ್ತರವನ್ನು ನಾವು ಸೂಚಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

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Union Government had talks with Gram Sangh Seva Sacred Economy Satyagrahis

A delegation of Gram Seva Sangh representatives met  with the Union  Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Pratap Chandra Sarangi to discuss over Gram Seva Sangh’s demands and proposal to rejuvenate the Sacred Economy. 

Gram Seva Sangh mentioned that a separate Ministry for the Sacred Economy sector should be created that would be dedicated in developing all the Sectors that come under  the classification of the Sacred Economy – farm sector , handloom sector that comes under textile ministry, Khadi and village industries sector , handicraft sector, MSME etc . Currently there are 12 ministries in the current system that can be termed Sacred and they need to come under one Ministry.

The Sacred Economy Ministry would also look into the welfare of labour groups – garments workers,  pourakarmikas and anganwadi workers etc. The ministry should be given appropriate funding, restructuring of the Sacred Economy must be done and Zero tax should be imposed on all sectors of Sacred Economy.

The Minister told Gram Sangh Seva group that he would discuss the demands thus stated with the Government Authorities and revert back within a month. Overall the meeting went well with Gram Sangh Sava being well received and heard. 

For the preliminary report submitted by the delegation click Bulletin_131_The_First _Meeting_bw_MSME_GOI_delegation_of_GSS

Note: Only correction in below The Hindu report is, we are not demanding only for Handmade sector, we are demanding for Handmade plus the small sectors (less than forty percent automation) belonging to the automatic machine sector. That is what we defined as Sacred Sectors.

The Hindu Report:

thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/prasanna-meets-union-minister-demands-separate-ministry-for-sacred-economy/article30221702.ece

 

New Indian Express Report:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2019/dec/07/create-separate-ministry-to-protect-sacred-economy-activists-2072623.html