Below are the demands of Sacred Economy placed before Government with a letter sent to Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitaram, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and CM of Karnataka, Shri BS Yediyurappa Reddy.
This demand was released during Gram Sangh Seva’s Hunger Satyagraha in support of Sacred Economy – Oct 6th 2019, Gram Sangh Seva founder and Gandhian theatre artist, Prasanna had started his first day of indefinite fast that day.
Gram Sangh Seva placed these demands represented by its expert committee chaired by Dr. Vinod Vyasulu.
- Zero Tax, Refinance, Restructure All Sacred Sectors of Economy…
No tax on all segments of the Sacred Economy – Farmers, labourers, small traders, vendors, khadhi designers, crafts men, garment factory workers, fishermen, small scale and retail industry players, handloom sector etc
- Raw materials should be procured locally within a 100 km radius. Raw materials procured beyond this radius are considered imported raw materials.
- Jobs that involve more of human labour and hands; that are labour intensive should be developed.
Sacred Economy is that economic system which produces jobs that involve more of human labour (60%) and aspires to utilise maximum amount of local raw materials (60%). There should not be more than 40% use of automation and 40% use of imported raw materials in this economy system.
On the basis of this, the Scale of Sacred Economy is gauged where at one end of the scale there is complete hand making and use of local raw materials and in the other opposite end, there is the scale for Monster Economy with there being complete automation and complete use of imported raw materials.
Check out the attached document below for more details .
These demands support the principles of our Indian Constitution, supporting the Constitutional guidelines mentioned in Article 39 of our Indian Constitution which summarises that –
Everybody has a right to an adequate means of livelihood and that wealth, material and natural resources should not be concentrated in the hands of a few.
The revival of Sacred Economy will create a just society with a fair economy giving livelihoods to all, while protecting the greenery and purity of our environment (air, water, soil, trees).
Sacred Economy Advantages -:
- The Sacred Economy causes least damage to the environment as compared to the current Monster Economy that has encouraged big Organisations/Corporations to develop at the cost of cutting down our country’s greenery, polluting our air, river bodies, soil etc.
- The Sacred Economy, is not capital intensive; it requires less capital investment from Government to kick start.
- The Sacred Economy will employ the many unemployed now and give them livelihoods, so they live in dignity and become self-reliant.
- The Sacred Economy, already contributes atleast 60% to India’s GDP. Reviving the Sacred Economy would revive India’s rural economy. Right now, rural people are forced to migrate to Cities for livelihoods leading to overpopulation and unsustainable growth in Cities. There is stress on Cities’ natural resources of land and water. The Sacred economy would develop the villages in a sustainable and environmentally friendly fashion, so people don’t need to migrate to Cities.