ನನ್ನ ವ್ಯವಹಾರಗಳು ಹೀಗಿವೆ!

ನನ್ನ ವೈಯಕ್ತಿಕ ಹಣಕಾಸಿನ ವ್ಯವಹಾರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಗ್ರಾಮಸೇವಾಸಂಘ ನಡೆಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹದ ಹಣಕಾಸಿನ ವ್ಯವಹಾರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಅನೇಕರು ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅವರೆಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಸೂಕ್ತ ಉತ್ತರವನ್ನು ನೀಡುವುದು ನನ್ನ ವೈಯಕ್ತಿಕ ಕರ್ತವ್ಯವೂ ಹೌದು, ಸಾಂಸ್ಥಿಕ ಅಗತ್ಯವೂ ಹೌದು.

ಉದಾಹರಣೆಗೆ, ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ ಎಂಬುವವರು ನನಗೆ ಬಂದಿದ್ದ ಗಾಂಧಿ ಸೇವಾ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿಯ 5 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂಪಾಯಿ ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಹೋಯಿತು ಎಂದು ಕೇಳಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿಯ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಮೊತ್ತವನ್ನು ಹೆಗ್ಗೋಡಿನ ಶ್ರಮಜೀವಿ ಆಶ್ರಮದ ನಿರ್ವಹಣೆಗಾಗಿ ಬಹಳ ಹಿಂದೆಯೇ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿರುತ್ತೇನೆ. ಶ್ರೀನಾಥರೇ ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ ಕೇಳಿ, ಈಗಿನ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹದ ಪೋಸ್ಟ್‍ಗಳನ್ನು ಯಾರು ಸ್ಪಾನ್‍ಸರ್ ಮಾಡಿದರು ಎಂದು ಕೇಳಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ನಾವು ಮಾಡಿರುತ್ತೇವೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಸ್ನೇಹಿತರುಗಳು ನೀಡಿರುವ ಸಣ್ಣ ಪುಟ್ಟ ದೇಣಿಗೆಯ ಮೂಲಕ ಮಾಡಿರುತ್ತೇವೆ. ಪ್ರತಿ ತಿಂಗಳ ದಾನಿಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಹಿತೈಷಿಗಳು ಅಭಿಯಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಈ ದೇಣಿಗೆಯನ್ನು ನೀಡುರುತ್ತಾರೆ, ಪ್ರಸ್ತುತಸಾಲಿನ ಆಡಿಟಿಂಗ್ ಆದ ನಂತರ, ತಿಳಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು, ಇಷ್ಟವಿದ್ದವರು ಕಛೇರಿಗೆ ಬಂದು ಪರಿಶೀಲಿಸಬಹುದಾಗಿದೆ.

ಸ್ಪಾನ್ಸರ್ಡ್ ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಏಕೆ ಬೇಕಿತ್ತು ಎಂದು ಕೆಲವರು ಪ್ರಶ್ನಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ. ನಮ್ಮವರ ನಡುವೆಯೇ ಉಳಿದು ಈ ಚಳುವಳಿ ಕೂಪಮಂಡೂಕವಾಗಬಾರದು, ನಮ್ಮವರಲ್ಲದವರನ್ನೂ ತಲುಪಬೇಕು ಎಂಬುದು ನಮ್ಮ ಆಶಯ. ಹಾಗಾಗಿ ಮಾಡಿದೆವು. ಈಗ ಬರುತ್ತಿರುವ ವಿಮರ್ಶಾತ್ಮಕ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಎದುರಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದೇ ಹಾಗೆ ಮಾಡಿದೆವು.

ನಾನು ಒಬ್ಬ ಜೋಕರ್ ಎಂದು, ಒಂದು ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನು ಹೇಳಿಕೊಂಡದ್ದನ್ನು ಅನೇಕರು ಹೌದು ಹೌದು ಎಂದು ಸಮ್ಮತಿ ಸೂಚಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸಂತೋಷ. ಹಿಂದಿರದ ಮುಂದಿರದ, ಬಡಜೋಕರನಾಗಿ ಇನ್ನು ಮುಂದೆ ಉಳಿಯುವ ನಿರ್ಧಾರ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದೇನೆ ನಾನು. ಹಣವನ್ನು ತಿರಸ್ಕರಿಸಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಅಧಿಕಾರ ರಾಜಕಾರಣದ ಮೆಟ್ಟಿಲೇರುವ ಯಾವ ಆಶಯವೂ ನನಗಿಲ್ಲ. ನಾನು ಜೋಕರ್ ಎಂದದ್ದನ್ನು ನನಗೆ ನೆನಪಿಸಿದವರಲ್ಲಿ ಅನೇಕರು ಭಟ್ಟರು ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರಿಗಳು ಜಂಗಮರು ಇರುವುದು ಆಶ್ಚರ್ಯದ ಸಂಗತಿಯೇನಲ್ಲ. ಅವರೆಲ್ಲರೂ ಪುರಂದರದಾಸರನ್ನು ಓದಿಕೊಂಡವರೇ ಆಗಿರುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಹಾಗಾಗಿ ನನ್ನ ಮಾತಿನ ಒಳಾರ್ಥ ಅರಿವಾಗಿದೆ ಅವರಿಗೆ. ದಾಸರು ಹೇಗೆ, ತನ್ನನ್ನೇ ಗೇಲಿಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತ ಆಪಾದನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ತನ್ನನ್ನು ಗುರಿಪಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತ ಹಳತಿನಿಂದ ಕಳಚಿಕೊಂಡು ಹೊರಬಂದರು ಎಂಬ ಅರಿವಿರುವವರೇ ಹೌದು ಅವರೆಲ್ಲ.

ನಿಜವಾದ ಜೋಕರನಾಗಲಿಕ್ಕೆ ನನಗೆ ಇನ್ನೂ ಬಹಳಷ್ಟು ತಯಾರಿಬೇಕಿದೆ. ಬಹಳಷ್ಟು ನಿಂದನೆಗೆ ಗುರಿಯಾಗಬೇಕಿದೆ ನಾನು. ನಿಮ್ಮ ಸಹಕಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು. ಆದರೆ ಸಣ್ಣದೊಂದು ಸಂಗತಿ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಗಮನದಲ್ಲಿರಲಿ. ನನ್ನನ್ನು ಗೇಲಿ ಮಾಡಿ, ಆದರೆ ನಾನು ಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿಸುವ ರಂಗಮಾಧ್ಯಮವನ್ನು ಗೇಲಿ ಮಾಡದಿರಿ ದಯಮಾಡಿ. ನಾಟಕವೆಂಬುದು ಪಂಚಮವೇದ ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಮರೆಯದಿರಿ.
ಪ್ರೀತಿಯಿಂದ
-ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ
ರಂಗಕರ್ಮಿ ಮತ್ತು ನಾಟಕಕಾರ,
ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ

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.

 

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

www.GramSevaSangh.org | gramsevasanghindia@gmail.com | Mobile : 9980043911 | Twitter : gramasevasangha | FaceBook: GramSevaSanghIndia | Youtube: Gram Seva Sangh

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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.

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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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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

Union Government invites Gram Seva Sangh for talks on their demands for Sacred Economy

Positive news!!  

Gram Sangh Seva members and founder Prasanna have been invited by the Union Government to have discussions on the demands for the revival of ‘Sacred Economy’. This meeting would be chaired by Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Minister of State, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Industries (MSME) and would take place within the 1st week of December itself. 

Gram Sangh Seva’s expert committee represented by Dr. Vinod Vyasulu  placed the demands to revive the Sacred Economy on to the public domain on Oct 6th, when Gram Sangh Seva founder, Gandhian, theater artist and social activist, Prasanna began his indefinite fast. A Letter outlining  the demands of ‘The Sacred Economy’ was sent to Finance Minister;Nirmala Sitaram, Prime Minister; Narendra Modi and CM of Karnataka; Shri BS Yediyurappa Reddy. 

On 11th oct, the fifth day of Prasanna’s fast, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizer Minister, Sadananda gave his word that he would schedule for  Gram Sangh Seva to have a meeting with the Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitaram and the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises(MSME) where Gram Sangh Seva members can personally present their demands for the revival of the Sacred Economy. 

As a result, Gram Seva Sangh received an invite from Union Government to come over to hold talks on the Sacred Economy. 

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:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/govt-invites-prasanna-for-talks-on-sacred-economy/article30119366.ece?fbclid=IwAR013niBelrNd_Ros8lPpof1lv1Mb4hP1nrBSqmFTVQ6xTh8BCt_DsRhW8Q

 

Joint Convention of workers for Sacred Economy

On December 1st 2019, Sunday, Gram Seva Sangh organised a joint Convention at Kondajji Basappa Auditorium, Palace Road, Bengaluru, propelling forward the ‘Sacred Economy’ movement that is, ‘Satyagraha in support of the Sacred Economy’. 

The Convention opened with inauguration done by eminent societal change agents – freedom fighter and 94 year old weaver; Sangappa Mante, Narmada Bachao Activist; Medha Patkar, corruption crusader activist; S R Hiremath,  labour leader and KIEE Federation President; T.S.Anantaram, Gandhian theater artist, social activist and founder of Gram Seva Sangh; Prasanna, and Gram Seva Sangh President; Yatiraju.

The inauguration symbolised the value Gram Sangh Seva and their partners hold in conservation of environment as it was done by watering a sapling plant.

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The Joint Convention provided a forum for leaders representing various groups, unions and federations of unorganised sector- farmers, weavers, industrial labourers, rural labourers, Anganwadi workers, Povrakarmika workers, to gather and voice out their struggles, issues while also  join forces to strengthen the local people’s movement demanding the Government to revive the ‘Sacred Economy’.

‘Sacred Economy’ gives value, dignity and respect to these marginalised groups today recognising that their work which involves physical labour is ‘Sacred’.  This sector that exists in both urban and rural regions must be revived through Zero Tax, Refinance and Restructuring of all Sacred sectors of Economy. An economy that supports the livelihoods and businesses of small industries, rural entrepreneurs, small vendors, textile and garment workers, labourers, farmers and others is needed to save the Nation from the economic and environmental crisis that has resulted today.

Gram Seva Sangh, an NGO that has been actively involved in the promotion of goods made by rural artisans, weavers, khadhi and handloom workers, farmers etc by providing them a marketing platform through Ragi Khanna,  an enterprise they run in Bangalore , have also done prior campaigns urging the Government to remove GST tax from handloom garment products. 

Lately, in view of our Nation suffering an acute environmental and economic crisis, Gram Seva Sangh has championed the need to embrace an alternate economic system that’s just, sustainable and equitable;  The Sacred Economy, with the ‘Satyagraha in support of the Sacred Economy’ movement . Gram Seva Sangh has been reaching out to various  marginalised groups from all parts of Karnataka and society at large spreading awareness and garnering supporters for the cause to revive the Sacred Economy. 

Going further in the upcoming weeks till January 30th, Gram Seva Sangh would hold People’s Courts in various parts of Karnataka where the badly affected but voiceless class of people will be empowered to put forth their voice expressing their concerns and issues for a discussion to work out solutions for them.

People’s courts for  landless labourers and weavers would be organised in North Karnataka. Bengaluru will hold courts for industrial workers mainly in Jigani and Peenya areas. Chamarajanagar will hold people court sessions for Peasants, while environmental issues and complaints of those impacted by the Special Economic Zone would be heard out in Chamarajanagar.

Press release about the Joint Convention – 

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/2019/dec/02/peoples-courts-will-be-held-across-karnataka-to-discuss-sacred-economy-2070030.html?fbclid=IwAR1lURxZ2ZBquhhzz1MDwQ9ruT-U1zdO5Nh0z4k_O-SO-TybDX1r1zaX_ak

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Echoing the need for India to embrace Sacred Economy

Gram Seva Sangh specializes in organizing artistic and cultural programs that show case issues ailing our country and recently Gram Seva Sangh organised such programs to showcase the philosophy behind the “Sacred Economy”.

The idea behind the Sacred Economy is also based on many of Mahatma Gandhi’s principles, which is why Gram Seva Sangh began their hunger Sathyagraha in support of Sacred Economy on Gandhi Jayanthi, the 150th birth anniversary of Bapuji. Here is an article written by  Gram Sangh Seva founder, Prasanna on Gandhi’s economic philosophy or economic wisdom. 

https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/mahatma-gandhi-economy-rama-rajya-jawaharlal-nehru-narendra-modi-6076656/?fbclid=IwAR3Z8bG9mOBTKoATtRTVezrtG_dhGPKI824BHJ64rM47zCtaPnl9mNMs5zw

Currently, our economic system is designed on achieving growth through over production for which, much of consumption is stimulated, it benefits a few giving them excess profits which does not get distributed to the masses. Youth are being groomed to manage businesses of Corporates in this economic system, they are not trained to manage jobs of Sacred Economy – farming, handloom, organic soap production, oil production, weaving, handloom, khadhi and a lot more. 

Meanwhile, the segments of  the Sacred Economy mentioned above don’t get the required knowledge or assistance from Government and our system to develop and sustain themselves. They are neglected, while Corporates, industries and banks are supported by the Government. It is only fair that small  and local industries are also supported by Government as they are labour intensive segments of our economy that have potential to employ and provide livelihoods to many people.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/encourage-small-industries-prasanna/article29810482.ece

There is more emphasis on encouraging automation in the current system which has taken away jobs of many people. The current economic system has also damaged our environment by chopping away our greenery, spoiling our natural resources of river, forests, air etc.  There is no space here for farmers, textile workers,small vendors and other marginalized groups of the Sacred Economy. 

This is therefore a Monster economy, leading to centralization of power in the hands of Corporates and industries while Nature is being exploited by them.  This goes against the principles of our Constitution as well, as this does not honour Article 39 of our Constitution summaries 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.

(Scroll down to page 21 of this link taken from the Indian Government website and read the full particulars of Article 39.)

The alternate Sacred Economy, takes care of those now ignored groups giving them jobs that cause the least damage to our environment.This system makes use of local labour and raw materials which is healthy for the growth and development of our rural and  domestic economies along with their ecologies. There is a need to decongest urban India that is suffocated with over development which has strained Urban India’s natural resources of land, water etc. Sacred Economy would bring that much needed balance to India benefiting both rural and urban India.

Protection of Nature, giving jobs to all people and having the village and the urban civilisations connect and co-exist in harmony is what Sacred Economy stands for.

Below is a link of cultural program “Mushaira”, where literary enthusiasts and talented poets narrated verses, proses and sung songs resonating with wisdom, stirring feelings to protect nature, greenery, revive India that is ailing with problems of – joblessness, corruption, exploitation, rural disintegration and more, by living the philosophy of our Bapu, Mahatma Gandhiji. The poems showcased how many of Gandhi’s wisdom and philosophies are relevant today to develop the sacred economy by promoting and growing India’s rural and age old, sacred, alternate economy  that gives space to farmers, textile workers, khadi fabric manufacturers, fishermen, sherperts, small vendors, toy makers, small scale industry workers and entrepreneurs, artisans, weavers and others of the Sacred economy category to exist and earn their livelihoods.

https://www.facebook.com/gramsevasanghindia/videos/2414457608591717/UzpfSTEwODMxNjU0MDk6MTAyMTYwOTczMzM0NDExMDc/

The poets who enlightened us with their soulful literary flavour at the program were – Sharifaji, Usha Raniji,Fathima Zehraji, Shakira Harem, Ratoun Kumar ji,Kavita Panyaji, Kanada poet Sri Girish, Pramula Sahab, Gyan Chand, Zanar Mansur Shahab, Shahiba, K Sharifa ji, Gufram Ahmed, Shahita Yusufji.