WANTED: NEW EQUATIONS FOR LAND-USE AND ITS ACCESS

A.R.Vasavi

The recent proposal to amend Karnataka’s land reform Act and the debates around it require us to assess the previous Act and what the implications are of the proposed one. Promulgated at a time of significant attempts to address the widespread distress in the countryside, the Karnataka Land Reforms Act of 1961, and subsequent amendments especially in 1974, sought to protect the land of small and marginal farmers and the agricultural economy as a whole by preventing predatory capital, especially industrial, urban capital, from expropriating land and also pauperising the peasantry.  The results have been mixed; while the structure of agricultural land holding has not been significantly dented, widespread dispossession of land and displacement of small and marginal landholders have not taken place. But there have been several other negative fallouts and distortions that the Act and the subsequent amendments have created. Primary among these is the fact that the ineligibility of all non-agriculturists to purchase agricultural land has created not only a bureaucratic trap but has enhanced the range of corruption related to land dealings. The state, and in reality the different political players, have used this blockage to create new rules and processes that bypass such regulation. The processes under which land is acquired and then allocated to industries, institutes, and persons etc have all become sources and strategies to strengthen crony capitalism and corrupt the government and elected representatives.  As a result, the state has lost revenue and the real beneficiaries have been big political players, crony capitalists, real estate magnates, a land mafia, and fly by night entrepreneurs. Genuine buyers, especially those from urban and non-agricultural backgrounds, have had to go through a bureaucratic maze and unsavoury middle men to access land or in many cases have had to put to rest their dreams of being in agriculture or accessing land for other productive purposes.  Worse yet, the farming community itself has suffered from the poor implementation, legal distortions, and bureaucratic burdens of the Act.  Genuine farmers have not been able to expand their holdings to an optimum size, small holders have not been sell land to ‘out-siders’, and a mangled land market has resulted in benefiting middle persons and agents.  Take for instance the way in which small holders, who are unable to cultivate their own land due to financial and or personal constraints, have been forced to enter into ‘lease farming’. As lease holders they have submitted their land to larger farmers or entrepreneurial cultivators who then use their land for limited periods while undertaking extractive agriculture on these plots. The result has been that this is a reversed tenancy with capitalists as tenants and the owners rendered into becoming coolies on their own land.  The ecological devastation on these lands, seen primarily in the leased plots in which turmeric, ginger, bananas and a range of vegetables are grow is only one glaring example. Issues and trends such as these are not addressed and instead the focus seems to be on only facilitating a land market primarily for big capitalists and questionable entrepreneurs.

That the Act has created more tensions than protected the interests of agriculturists is visible in the fact that a large volume of legal cases are now pending in the courts and many citizens have become victims of the endless legal quagmire. Hence, there is a need to revisit this Act and to consider ways in which the interests of the most marginalised sections of agricultural society, the need to support the rural economy, and assure food security, and the need for justifiable and economically viable land access to non-rural citizens can be undertaken.

There is need for us to recognise that the agricultural economy itself has been in retrogression since several years and the impacts of climate change, marked by widespread droughts and periodic floods, have devastated vast stretches of the state’s hinterland. Added to this must be concerns related to what the C-19 pandemic, and the economic and social fallout of the lockdown flag as urgent issues. For one, the outbreak of the pandemic and the past recurring epidemics indicate that human despoliation of natural resources and big factory food production are the reasons for the start and spread of such viruses.  As research has consistently indicated, small-scale and diversity-based production systems mean that small farmers are the real stewards of biodiversity and of food production.  Given these facts, it is important that legislative measures seek to promote policies and programmes that address these issues and not promote the use of land as primarily a commodity for big, industrialised, capitalist production.

The recently proposed amendment to Karnataka’s land reform Act that seeks to make land available to all, in terms of facilitating new economies and opportunities, is myopic and misleading. It overlooks the extent to which land markets are susceptible to speculation and the extent to which big capital can override the long-term interests of small-holders.  Instead of this free-for-all policy which will only result in further pauperisation of rural small-holders, it is important that the government formulate policies that are based on parameters and norms that discourage a speculative land economy but which can offer the possibility of land ownership to genuine persons (from any sector or background) who meet economic, ecological and social criteria.  Missing in the proposed amendment are any mention of such criteria and instead simplistic and blanket assertions of catching up with new types of production, catering to the needs of the IT and BT sector persons, etc have been made.  

The amendment itself needs to prioritise the types of new rural-urban and agro-home/cottage/co-operative production systems that need to come into being and which challenge the existing sharp divides between them.  Despite the potential that co-operatives and farmer producer organisations have in addressing the problems faced by the majority of small and marginal farmers, new land policies seek to only promote the interests of big capital. In addition, no mention is made about protecting forests and biodiversity rich zones, promoting agriculture that is based on agro-climatic zones and which can be both climate resilient and market sensible, or enabling new production units that respect labour.

In this context of seeking alternative and integrated policies and programmes, we must realise that our current political dispensation is incapable of representing the interests of people. For long now politicians have built their own political and capital empires by twisting the limitations of agricultural and land policies to their interests. Most farmer organisations have also been myopic and they have not gone beyond making demands for moratorium on loans, free electricity, and subsidies for agricultural inputs. Hence it is time for people; for farmers, civil society members, and active citizens to come together to forge an alternative perspective that can facilitate appropriate policy and programmes to support the long-term interests of a majority of people. At this historical moment when the impact of C-19 requires us to rethink all dominant forms of economic structures, models and ideas, it is important that we seek alternatives which address widespread and intense problems of extreme economic inequalities, ecological risks, and health threats.  It is time for us to recognise and assert that land is not merely a commodity, and that its usage and our relationship to it must assure us all social justice, ecological sustainability and economic stability.

June/18th/2020

A.R.Vasavi is a Social Anthropologist.

ಹಣ ಉಳ್ಳವರಿಗೆ ಭೂಮಿ, ಒಂದು ವಿವೇಚನಾರಹಿತ ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿ – ಜಯದೇವ.ಜಿ.ಎಸ್

ಹಣಬಲ ಇದ್ದವರೆಲ್ಲ ವ್ಯವಸಾಯದ ಭೂಮಿಕೊಂಡು ಕೊಳ್ಳಬಹುದೆಂಬ ಕಾನೂನು ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿಒಂದು ವೇಳೆ ಊರ್ಜಿತವಾದರೆ ವಿನಾಶಕಾರಿಯಾದೀತು. ರಾಗಿ-ಜೋಳ ಬೆಳೆಗಳು ಕಡುಲೋಭಿ ವ್ಯಾಪಾರಿಗಳ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಲಾಭದಾಯಕವಲ್ಲ. ಆದರೆ ಇದು ಕೋಂಟ್ಯಾಂತರ ಜನಗಳ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಆಹಾರ ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಮರೆಯುವಂತಿಲ್ಲ.

ವ್ಯವಸಾಯದ ಒಲವಿಲ್ಲದ, ಹಣವನ್ನು ಮಾತ್ರ ಪ್ರೀತಿಸುವ ಶ್ರೀಮಂತರ ಕೈಗೆ ಬಡವರ ಭೂಮಿ ಸಿಕ್ಕರೆ ಅದರ ಪರಿಣಾಮಗಳೇನು?

ಈ ಕಾನೂನು ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿ ಸೂಚಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವವರಿಗೆ ಇದರ ದೂರಗಾಮಿ ಪರಿಣಾಮಗಳನ್ನು ಊಹಿಸಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆಯೆ?

ತತ್ಕಾಲಕ್ಕೆ ಈ ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಹಣಒದಗಿಸಬಹುದು. ಆದರೆ ದಶಕಗಳ ತರುವಾಯ ನಮ್ಮ ನಾಡಿನ ವ್ಯವಸಾಯಿಚಿತ್ರಣ ಹೇಗಿರುತ್ತದೆ?

ಕೃಷಿ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯನಾಶ, ವೈವಿಧ್ಯಮಯ ಆಹಾರಬೆಳೆಗಳ ನಾಶ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಈ ಸಸ್ಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿರುವ, ಸಸ್ಯಗಳ ರೋಗನಿರೋಧಕ ಶಕ್ತಿಗೆ ಕಾರಣವಾದ ಜೀನ್‍ಗಳ ನಾಶ. ಅಲ್ಲದೆನಮ್ಮರೈತರ ನಡುವೆ ಇನ್ನೂ ಜೀವಂತವಾಗಿರುವ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ತಳಿಗಳು ಹೇಳಹೆಸರಿಲ್ಲದಾಗುವುದು ಖಂಡಿತ. ಏಕರೂಪ ಬೆಳೆಗಳು – ಏಕರೂಪ ಆಹಾರ ಪದ್ಧತಿ–ಏಕರೂಪ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ ಇದೆಲ್ಲದರ ಒಟ್ಟು ಪರಿಣಾಮ. ಜಾಗತೀಕರಣ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಪ್ರಕ್ರಿಯೆಗಳು ಪ್ರಾರಂಭವಾಗಿವೆ ನಿಜ; ಆದರೆ ಈ ತಿದ್ದಪಡಿ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಯನ್ನು ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಉಲ್ಬಣಗೊಳಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಲೋಭಿತನದ ಕೃಷಿಯಿಂದಾಗಿ ಪ್ರತಿವರ್ಷ ವ್ಯವಸಾಯಿಕ ಭೂಮಿ ನಿರುಪಯುಕ್ತವಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವುದನ್ನು ವೈಜ್ಞಾನಿಕ ವರದಿಗಳು ತಿಳಿಸುತ್ತಿವೆ.

ಈ ಬಗೆಯ ಪ್ರಗತಿಯಿಂದ ನಾವು ಸಾಧಿಸಿದ್ದಾದರೂ ಏನು?ಆರ್ಥಿಕಧೃವೀಕರಣ, ಹೆಚ್ಚುತ್ತಲೇಹೋಗುವ ಬಡವ-ಬಲ್ಲಿದನ ಅಂತರ,ಅನೀತಿಯುತ ಗಳಿಕೆಯಿಂದ ಹುಟ್ಟಿದ ವಿನಾಶಕಾರಿ ಸಂಪತ್ತು, ಮನಸ್ಸಿನೊಳಗೆ ಮತ್ತು ಹೊರಗೆ ತಾಂಡವವಾಡುವ ಮಾಲಿನ್ಯ, ಇದೆಲ್ಲದರ ಪರಿಣಾಮವಾಗಿ ಹುಟ್ಟುವ ಹಿಂಸಾತ್ಮಕ ಸಮಾಜ.

ಈ ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿ ತರುತ್ತಿರುವವರಿಗೆ ಗಾಂಧೀಕಳಕಳಿಯ ಸಮಾಜದ ‘ಕಟ್ಟಕಡೆಯಮನುಷ್ಯ’ ಕಾಣುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲವೆ?

ಬಡರೈತರ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಪರಿಹಾರಮಾಡುವ ಬದಲುರೈತರನ್ನೇ ನಾಶಮಾಡುವ ಈ ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿ ವಿನಾಶಕಾರಿಯಾದದ್ದು.

ದಶಕದಿಂದೀಚೆಗೆ ಆಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ಕಾನೂನು ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿಗಳಾಗಲಿ, ಪಾಲಿಸಿ ಬದಲಾವಣೆಗಳಾಲಿ ಬಡವರನ್ನು, ದುರ್ಬಲರನ್ನು ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಅಂಚಿಗೆ ತಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಪ್ರಕೃತಿನಾಶದಗತಿ ತ್ವರಿತವಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ನಾವು ಪ್ರಕೃತಿಮಾತೆಯ ಸ್ಥನದಿಂದ ಹಾಲುಕುಡಿಯಬೇಕೆ ಹೊರತು ರಕ್ತ ಹೀರುವ ರಕ್ತಪಿಪಾಸುಗಳಾಗಬಾರದು.

– ಜಯದೇವ.ಜಿ.ಎಸ್

ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರು, ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ತಜ್ಞರು, ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘದ ಮಾರ್ಗದರ್ಶಕರು

ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಭೂಸುಧಾರಣ ಕಾಯ್ದೆ’ಗೆ ತರಲು ಹೊರಟಿರುವ ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿಯನ್ನು ಕೂಡಲೆ ಹಿಂಪಡೆಯಬೇಕು

ಸಿ. ಯತಿರಾಜು
ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರು, ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ

ಕೋವಿಡ್ ನೆಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರಗಳು ರೈತ, ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕ ವಿರೋಧಿ ಕಾನೂನುಗಳ ನೀತಿಗಳ ಸರಮಾಲೆಯನ್ನು ಆತುರಾತುರವಾಗಿ ಜಾರಿಗೊಳಿಸಿ, ಅಸಂಪ್ರಾದಾಯಿಕ ದುಡಿಮೆಗಾರರನ್ನು ಹೀನಾಯವಾಗಿ ಕಾಣುತ್ತ, ಅವರ ಮೇಲೆ ಸಂಕಷ್ಟಗಳ ಸುರಿಮಳೆ ಸುರಿಸಿದೆ. ಅಯೋಜಿತ ಲಾಕಡೌನ್, ಸೀಲ್‍ಡೌನ್, ಕ್ವಾರಂಟೈನ್, ಮೂಲಕ ಅವರನ್ನು ಸೋಂಕಿಗೆ ದೂಡಿ ಕೋವಿಡ್‍ಗೆ ಬಲಿಕೊಡುತ್ತಿದೆ.


        ತೀರಾ ಇತ್ತೀಚೆಗೆ ಕೃಷಿ ಪ್ಯಾಕೇಜ್ ಹೆಸರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಪೋರೇಟ್‍ಕೃಷಿಯನ್ನು ಪ್ರೋತ್ಸಾಹಿಸಲು, ಎ.ಪಿ.ಎಂ.ಸಿ. ಕಾಯ್ದೆ, ಇ.ಸಿ. ಕಾಯ್ದೆಗೆ, ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ ಶಕ್ತಿ ಕಾಯ್ದೆಗಳಿಗೆ ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿಗಳನ್ನು ತಂದು, ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಕೃಷಿಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಭರದಿಂದ ಜಾರಿಗೊಳಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಗುತ್ತಿಗೆಕೃಷಿ, ಭೂಗುತ್ತಿಗೆಕಾಯ್ದೆಗಳನ್ನು ಜಾರಿಗೋಳಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಇದೇ ದಾರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ‘ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಭೂಸುಧಾರಣ ಕಾ ಕಾಯ್ದೆ” 1961ರ ಕಾಯ್ದೆಗೆ ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿಗಳನ್ನು ತಂದು, ಅದರ ಪ್ರಗತಿಪರ, ರೈತಪರ ಆಶಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಎಳ್ಳು ನೀರು ಬಿಡುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಸೆಕ್ಷೆನ್ 79 (a), (b), (c) ಮತ್ತು 80ನ್ನು ರದ್ದು ಮಾಡಿ ಕೃಷಿಕರಲ್ಲದವರ ಕೃಷಿಭೂಮಿಯನ್ನು ಕಬಳಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಸಹಕರಿಸಿ, ಕೃಷಿಕರ ಕೈಯಿಂದ ಕೃಷಿಭೂಮಿ ಕೈಜಾರಿ ಹೋಗುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಸೆಕ್ಷೆನ್ 63ರನ್ನು ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿ ಮಾಡಿ, 5 ಜನರೊಳಗಿನ ಕೃಷಿ ಕುಟುಂಬಗಳು 108 ಎಕರೆಗಳವರೆಗೆ ಭೂಮಿ ಹೊಂದಲು ಮತ್ತು 5ಕ್ಕಿಂತಲೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಜನರಿರುವ ಕುಟುಂಬಗಳು 216 ಎಕರೆಗಳವರೆಗೂ ಭೂಮಿ ಹೊಂದಲು ಅವಕಾಶ ಕಲ್ಪಿಸಿ, ಹೆಚ್ಚುವರಿ ಭೂಮಿಯನ್ನು ವಶಪಡಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಭೂಹೀನರಿಗೆ ಹಂಚುವ, ‘ಉಳುವವನಿಗೆ ಭೂಮಿ’ ಎಂಬ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ ಸಂಗ್ರಾಮದ, ರೈತ ಆಶಯಕ್ಕೆ ವಿರುದ್ದ ದಿಕ್ಕಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಗಿ, ‘ಉಳ್ಳವರಿಗೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಭೂಮಿ’ ಎಂಬಂತಾಗಿದೆ. 

C Yatiraju, Environmental Activist & President of Gram Seva Sangh on Proposed Amendment to Land Reform Act by Karnataka Govt.


        ಜಮೀನ್ದಾರಿ ಪದ್ದತಿಯನ್ನು ಸಡಿಲಗೊಳಿಸಿ, ಭೂಹೀನರಿಗೆ ಭೂಮಿ, ಚೋಮನ ಕನಸಾಗಲಿದೆ. ನವಕಾರ್ಪೋರೇಟ್‍ಗಳ ಹೂಡಿಕೆದಾರರ ಜಮೀನ್ದಾರಿ ಪದ್ದತಿಯನ್ನು ಜಾರಿಗೊಳಿಸಿ, ದೇವರಾಜ್ ಅರಸ್‍ರ 1974ರ ಭೂಸುಧಾರಣಾ ಆಶಯಗಳನ್ನು ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣವಾಗಿ ಕೈಬಿಟ್ಟಿದೆ. ನವಕಾರ್ಪೋರೇಟ್ ಭೂ ಜಮೀನ್ದಾರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಕ್ಷಸಿ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕಾಕೃಷಿ ಜಾರಿಯಾಗಿ, ಭೂಮಿಬರಡಾಗಿ, ಮರುಭೂಮೀಕರಣಗೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಾ ಸಾಗಲಿದೆ. ದಿನೇ ದಿನೇ ಉಲ್ಬಣಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಜಲಬಿಕ್ಕಟ್ಟು ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ತೀವ್ರಗೊಂಡು, ಅಂತರ್ಜಲ ಪಾತಾಳ ಸೇರಲಿದೆ. ಕೃಷಿ ಜೀವವೈವಿಧ್ಯತೆ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಹಾಳಾಗಿ ಏಕಬೆಳೆಗಳ ಸಾಮ್ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ, ನಮ್ಮ ವೈವಿಧ್ಯಮಯ ಆಹಾರ ಪದ್ದತಿಗಳು, ಪಂಚತಾರ ಹೋಟೆಲ್‍ಗಳ ಶ್ರೀಮಂತರ ಸ್ವತ್ತಾಗುತ್ತವೆ. ನೈಸರ್ಗಿಕ ಕೃಷಿ ಮೂಲ ಸೌಕರ್ಯಗಳು ಮುರಿದು ಬಿದ್ದು, ಆಹಾರ ಭಧ್ರತೆ, ಫೊಶಕಾಂಶ ಭಧ್ರತೆಗಳು ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣವಾಗಿ ಹಾಳಾಗುತ್ತವೆ. ವಿಷಮಯ ಮಣ್ಣು, ಕಲುಷಿತ ನೀರು, ಹಾಳಾದ ಕೃಷಿವೈವಿದ್ಯತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ರೋಗ ಮತ್ತು ಕೀಟ ಹಾವಳಿ ನಿವಾರಣೆಗಾಗಿ ಬಳಸಿದೆ ವಿಷರಾಸಾಯನಿಕಗಳು, ಜನರ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ಹಾಳುಮಾಡಿ ಪ್ರಾಣಿಜನ್ಯ ವೈರಾಣು ರೋಗಗಳಿಗೆ, ಇಡೀ ಮನುಕುಲವನ್ನು ಬಲಿಕೊಡಲಾಗುತ್ತ ದೆ .

        ಕಾರ್ಪೋರೇಟ್ ಪಾಳೇಗಾರಿಕೆಯ ಕೃಷಿ ವಿನಾಶಕ. ಈ ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿಗಳನ್ನು ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಕೂಡಲೇ ಹಿಂಪಡೆಯಬೇಕು. ಭೂಹೀನರಿಗೆ, ವಸತಿಹೀನರಿಗೆ ಭೂಮಿ ಹಂಚಿ, ವಲಸೆ ತಪ್ಪಿಸಿ, ಜನಪರ, ಜೀವಪರ, ಪರಿಸರಸ್ನೇಹಿ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಗೆ ಮುಂದಾಗಿ, ಗ್ರಾಮಸ್ವರಾಜ್ಯದ ಹೊಸ ಯುಗಾರಂಭ ಮಾಡಬೇಕೆಂದು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ ಈ ಮೂಲಕ ಕರೆ ನೀಡುತ್ತದೆ.


– ಸಿ. ಯತಿರಾಜು
ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರು, ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ

ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ  Flat #102, Shesha Nivas, 1st Block, 1st Main,
Thyagarajanagar, Bengaluru-560028Email ID: gramsevasanghindia@gmail.comFacebook.com/graamasevasangha | @gramasevasanghaMobile: 9980043911 |  www.gramsevasangh.org

Demand for Immediate Withdrawal of the Amendment Bill of Land Reform Act 1961

C. Yathiraju
President, Gram Seva Sangh

The present governments, both state and central on the pretext of Covid epidemic, have hurriedly begun promulgation of anti-farmer and anti-worker policies and laws bringing untold misery to the poor and disadvantaged people of the country. In the name of planned lockdowns, sealdowns, quarantine measures these unfortunate people are exposed to the deadly Covid epidemic. The recently announced ‘revival of agriculture’ package has fully supported industrial corporatization of agriculture through amendments of APMC Act and Electricity Act to a rigorous implementation of the monster economy. The latest in this onslaught is the Amendment of Land Reform Act 1961 by the Government of Karnataka which has totally let down the progressive and pro-farmer aspirations by mercilessly deleting Section 79 (a), 79 (b), 79 (c) and Section 80.
This has sadly paved the way for snatching away of agricultural lands from farmers by non-agricultural entities including rich businesses and corporate bodies, among others. Section 63, which protects farmer families with less than 5 persons to own up to 108 acres of land and up to 216 acres for households with more than 5 members under the social justice of Land to the Tiller, is being mutilated to the most unjust ‘Land to only the haves’ paradigm of neo-zamindari system thereby destroying the livelihoods of millions of poor farmers.


Introducing this draconian law has again obliterated the dreams and aspirations brought out by 1974 Land Reform goals conceived by Devaraj Urs. Under the new corporate-driven neo-zamindari system a monstrous industrial farm policy with mono-cropping regime, wanton use of chemical inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides will, without a doubt, lead to rapid degradation of land and its support resources including ground water and environment leading to imminent desertification.

C Yatiraju, Environmental Activist & President of Gram Seva Sangh on Proposed Amendment to Land Reform Act by Karnataka Govt.

Our rich and diverse food systems will be usurped by those promoting and investing in ‘five-star’ business culture leading to destruction of natural farming traditions which have always provided food and nutritional security for the masses for ages. More importantly, the government’s new amendments will deleteriously affect the health of people by way of poisoned soil system, degraded farm diversity giving raise to pestilence, new zoonotic viruses, among others. Gram Seva Sangh vehemently opposes these amendments and strongly urges to withdraw them without delay. Gram Seva Sangh strives and hereby gives a fervent call towards a fair and just distribution of land to landless and shelter for the homeless, and work towards a pro-people, pro-life and environment-friendly sacred economy and usher in a new era of Grama Swaraj.

  • C. Yathiraju
    President, Gram Seva Sangh
ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ  
Flat #102, Shesha Nivas, 1st Block, 1st Main,
Thyagarajanagar, Bengaluru-560028
Email ID: gramsevasanghindia@gmail.com
Facebook.com/graamasevasangha | @gramasevasangha
Mobile: 9980043911 |  www.gramsevasangh.org

#RemeberTheConstitution Our Students are in Jail, Our Labourers are on roads!

#RemeberTheConstitution #YaadKaroSamvidhan We have to build a nation, where not only people who say YES has to live, but also people who say NO has to get a chance to live, together as brothers. Our #Constitution says this, our country says this. I request to release all the political prisoners. – Prasanna, Theatre Person, Activist, Mentor-Gram Seva Sangh

#RememberTheConstitution I read preamble of our #Constitution to reiterate the ideas Govt should follow with great empathy towards #workingclass#farmers#migrantlabourers & to have #SocialSecurity measures that encompasses all #citizens!

#CYatiraju, President, @gramasevasangha

Even as millions of Indians struggle to survive today, many are also being falsely charged and imprisoned. That is why I am reading the preamble. To remind the governments, police, courts and citizens – The Indian Constitution grants all citizens the right to life, liberty of thought and the right to assemble and protest peacefully. I condemn the arrest of students and all others involved in peaceful protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.*
#CAA #NRC #NPR

So, Lets read Preamble to Constitution of INDIA, to remember the constitution spirit:
WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:

JUSTICE, social, economic and political; LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;

EQUALITY of status and of opportunity;

and to promote among them all FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;

IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION

Prasanna on unorganized labour

3, Jun’20 in National Webinar in memory of George Fernandes

Organized by George Fernandes Foundation & Institute of Social Science

I would like to point out that there are two aspects to this problem of unorganized labour or migrant labour. One is finding an immediate solution to the problem, which most politicians and social workers are working for: to give some succor to them, provide them with some relief, distribute food packets to them, arrange some transport for them to either go home or come back. I believe there is lot of efforts to get them back to the city so that we can once again put them into the machine, as its nuts and bolts.

The other aspect of the problem is that there is a larger issue connected to this. In the last couple of decades, it is becoming clearer and clearer that we need a paradigm shift, if we have to save our world. We need a paradigm shift, if we have to save our environment, our ecology, our social system, our political system and the moral system. Of course, we are better off than most other countries, in-terms of the philosophical aspect of the problem. Because after all, we have tried to introduce this paradigm shift in our Freedom Movement itself, under the leadership of Gandhi and many, many enlightened people; including J C Kumarappa and so many others. We tried to actually imagine a world which will be sustainable, natural and egalitarian. Of course, that dream did not come true, and we have almost seventy years of politics after that, in what we call the independent India. However, in Independent India we just did politics, and completely forgot about the constructive activity or constructive program or the construction of the society from within the society itself, by the people themselves.

Today, we have landed in this deep crisis because of that. The whole world too has done that. I think the paradigm shift I was talking about which is badly needed, is centered around, how we look at labour. I would say that we have to make a complete shift in our attitude towards labour, in our attitude towards the village people, in our attitude to the peasant, in our attitude to the weaver, the cobbler, every other, what I call as the handmaking person. We should treat them as the future, as technicians for a system of production of the future. Not just as somebody who should be given food, food packets or who should be taken care of for his travel back to his homeland. I am not romanticizing, when I say this, I know they have huge problems; I know villages have huge problems, our villages have become unbearable. But then, there is one aspect of the village which I call the handmaking aspect of village, which is still amazingly retained in India as opposed to most of the developed countries. We should go behind the migrant labour, back to their villages, and learn the hand skills from them, the handloom from them, the rain-fed agriculture from them and various other handmaking technologies from them. And then provide the systems that are developed in the big cities with much expense, much intellect over the last few decades. The city should provide the mind – the good mind – not the bad mind. And the village provides the body, the good body.  This way, I think it can be done.

I belong to an organization called Gram Seva Sangh, which is an organization of organizations. Constructive organizations, working and mostly centered in Karnataka, but also outside of Karnataka. What we are trying to do, is to create an atmosphere for what I talked above. We have coined the new term called “Sacred Economy”. Sacred Economy is actually the reformation of the Gandhian model of economy, or the model dependant on the handmaking systems. Why have we reformed it, remodeled it, it is because, in the 21st century it will be almost impossible to go back to the handmaking system suddenly. So we have said, alright, let us have a labour centric economy, but since we cannot completely rule out automation, we can have some of that too. So in Sacred Economy we fixed the proportion not more than 40% of automation, and not less than 60% of labour. In fact, in this proportion most of our MSME comes into the picture, which means most of what we call the semi organized labour and the small industries in cities also come into it. Therefore in the Sacred Economy, the fully handmaking system, E.g. Khadi becomes completely sacred, but the other systems progressively become less sacred, but stay within the gamut of sacred. This way if we have to persuade the Government to adopt Sacred Economy, so they do not need to break down the other systems of production. But then they need to give a policy advantage to the Sacred Sectors.

In fact we firmly believe, Sacred Economy is the solution for all the three ills we are dealing in this world. It solves the problem of equity, because lot of people now coming into the cities, because of loss of jobs in the villages, will now get sufficient jobs wherever they are living. This means, we will be creating a decentralized society which will be made of much smaller units. It solves the climate crisis because energy intensive industries are disincentivized and thereby a lot of wasteful consumption of energy comes down.

And thirdly, this constitutes a better economic model in the post-economic collapse era after Covid-19. Let us understand that the economy that is ruling the roost today, which we have termed as the Monster Economy, has died. Monster Economy is dead! In fact, we are saying that if you try to revive the monster economy, the only way to do so is to put it into a ventilator. Eventually it is going to collapse.

The notion of the sacred Economy is also a solution to the economic crisis facing the world. So I want to talk to, not just the ordinary people, but economists, and the business people, and tell them, “You forget about lots of profits! Work for smaller profits and a better way of life. From you, we seek all your great systems for production, logistics, distribution, etc. I respect the big industries for the systems that they have created. We will remodel those systems and provide them to the village people, to the small sectors, to make the small sector viable economic model. This is what Sacred Economy is!“

I would like to push for it as long-term strategy, to solve the problem of migrant labour. I am not against the short-term policy of giving them succor, even we have done it to a small extent. But let us not be stuck with short term measures like relief & succor. You know, then we will be just doing that. Today it will be Migrant labour, tomorrow it will be some other, third day it may be climate problem, monsoon coming, or something, Let us therefore actually put our efforts behind the serious paradigm shift which will make this world a better world!         

  • Prasanna

Social Activist, Theatre Person, Mentor of Gram Seva Sangh

www.gramsevasangh.org

The Pandemic and the Great Indian Labour Migration

Excerpt of Webinar – The Pandemic and the Great Indian Labour Migration

Time: May 15, 2020 03:00 PM, New Delhi

Organized By: Vivekananda College, New Delhi, Delhi University

Speakers: Prasanna, Theatre Person & Activist

Dr. Rama Shankar Singh, Ex-Fellow IIAS Shimla, (Ancient History and Community rights of subaltern castes his subjects)

Dr Abdul Rahman, Author at Newsclick and Peoples Dispatch

Heena Nandaraju, Principal of the Vivekananda college:  Henna welcomed the discussion saying “The images of migrant workers what we are seeing today its of hunger and shear inability of a laborers to survive in this world.”

Prasanna: We seen what is happened to labor, everybody is worried about it, people, politicians, state and they are also doing things about it. But the problem really is about the mindset. We are in a mindset of Monster Economy, we are in a machine mindset. We don’t think human hands are the productive force anymore; naturally we cannot care for the human hand or the handmaking people, as much as you want to. So they have become a burden, whole lot of people who needs to be fed, who need to be looked after. Whenever they are called to work, they are inefficient we feel, and so that is what made this situation. But then the epidemic, endemic,  Covid has completely up turned the whole situation, Covid has told us that, that economy is dead, monster economy is dead, if we revive the monster economy, it may survive for couple of years and collapse even more badly in future.

So the problem really is, not just of taking care of the labor, but actually going behind the labor, to wherever they were wanting to go, Up, Bihar, Karnataka and with little respect for what they have, the skill. Do understand their skills and give what we have systems, the production system, provided to that in a reshaped ways. This is what needs to be done, but I don’t think we are ready for it. Everyday in I can see, statements made by Prime minister, chief minister’s, bureaucrats, all of them are still in the centralized mode. Moment after announcing the packages, they mentioned about the centralized ration card’s, ID card’s, hundred ways of digitalizing. Digitalization is good if you want centralized systems or economy, but if you want to change according to the dictates of the covid, according to the new situation, Decentralize it. The new economy, the handmade economy, and the small economy, not going to cater to the big people or the big systems. So, it is essentially question of complete redoing of our mindsets.

Abdul Rahaman: The Major concern of today is relating to Migrant Workers. Pandemic has highlighted the issues of these people existed before, so we are able to see now, how vulnerable they are. According to some survey, around 10 crores population is migrant workers who are part of the informal economy which constitutes about 93% of Indian population. Half of the worlds population affected by this pandemic. They need dignity not charity, as they are the ones constructed this wealth. Informal sector people are most vulnerable, but even 6% of formal sector population became vulnerable due to the recent changes to labor laws. As labor lost the purchasing capacity, but they are the ones again need to work to economy crisis resolved, we cannot make them malnourished, as they are today, so food security of the labor is of great concern. Rural economy, unemployment in urban area’s effects need to be tackled proper measures to make sure part of salaries borne by Govts.

Rama Shankar Singh: Today’s labor issues the accumulation of not reviewing and reframing Govt schemes towards the labor and poor are over the time. It shows academic and policy coordination’s were not proper towards migrant and labor at large. We need to think about the complex social issues emerge from the migrants returning back to their villages. If many of the migrants do not have land, how can they become AtmaNirbhar, its double blow that is social inequality plus grown economic inequality. Focusing on Health, Education and power distribution as the basics we must get back as in Kertala, it will yield good results in future.

Gram Seva Sangh

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ವಲಸೆ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಸಾಂವಿಧಾನಿಕ ಹಕ್ಕುಗಳು ಉಲ್ಲಂಘನೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕಾಳಜಿ ಹೊಂದಿರುವ ಸಂಘಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಗಳಿಂದ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಒಂದು ತೆರೆದ ಪತ್ರ.

ಈ ಕೆಳಗೆ ಸಹಿ ಮಾಡಿರುವ ನಾವುಗಳು, ರಾಜ್ಯದ ವಲಸೆ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ತಮ್ಮ ತಮ್ಮ ರಾಜ್ಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಮರಳಿ ಹೋಗಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗದಂತೆ, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ರೈಲುಗಳನ್ನು ರದ್ದುಗೊಳಿಸಿದ ಆತಂಕಕಾರೀ ಸುದ್ದಿಯಿಂದ ಆಘಾತಕ್ಕೊಳಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಕಾನ್ಫೆಡರೇಶನ್ ಆಫ್ ರಿಯಲ್ ಎಸ್ಟೇಟ್ ಡೆವೆಲಪರ್ಸ್ ಅಸೋಸಿಯೇಶನ್ಸ ಆಫ್ ಇಂಡಿಯಾ (ಅಖಇಆಂI), ಇವರ ನಡುವೆ ನಡೆದ ಮಾತುಕತೆ ನಂತರ ಈ ನಿರ್ಧಾರವನ್ನು ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗಿದೆ ಮತ್ತು ಇದನ್ನು ನೈಋತ್ಯ ರೈಲ್ವೇಗೆ 2020 ರ ಮೇ 5 ರಂದು ಪತ್ರ ಮುಖೇನ ತಿಳಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ.
ವಲಸೆ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ತಮ್ಮ ತಮ್ಮ ರಾಜ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಮರಳಿದಲ್ಲಿ, ಕಟ್ಟಡ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಉದ್ಯಮಕ್ಕೆ ಬಹು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಹೊಡೆತ ಬೀಳುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂದು ಬಿಲ್ಡರ್‍ಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಕಾಂಟ್ರಾಕ್ಟರ್‍ಗಳು ಸರ್ಕಾರದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಲಾಬಿ ನಡೆಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ಹೀಗಾಗಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ಅವರ ಮಾತು ಕೇಳಿ ಈ ನಿರ್ಧಾರವನ್ನು ಏಕಮುಖವಾಗಿ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 24 ರಿಂದಲೂ ಕಟ್ಟಡ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ಊಟಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಹಣಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಅಕ್ಷರಶ: ಭಿಕ್ಷೆ ಬೇಡುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಿ, ಈ ಬಿಲ್ಡರ್‍ಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಕಾಂಟ್ರಾಕ್ಟರ್‍ಗಳು ಅವರನ್ನು ಪೂರ್ತಿಯಾಗಿ ಕೈಬಿಟ್ಟಿದ್ದರು ಎಂದು ಲಾಕ್‍ಡೌನ್ ಸಂದರ್ಭದ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಬಂದ ಹಲವಾರು ವರದಿಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಗತ ಚಿತ್ರಣಗಳು ಎಚ್ಚರಿಸುತ್ತವೆ. ಕೆಲವು ವರದಿಗಳು ಹೇಳುವಂತೆ ಆ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ 64% ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಕೈಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕೇವಲ ರೂ. 100 ಮಾತ್ರವೇ ಇತ್ತು. ಕೇವಲ 6% ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರಿಗೆ ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವೇತನ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿತ್ತು, ಮತ್ತು ಪ್ರತೀ ಐವರಲ್ಲಿ ಒಬ್ಬರಿಗೆ ಮಾತ್ರವೇ ಆಹಾರ ಧಾನ್ಯಗಳು ದೊರಕಿತ್ತು. ಈ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರಿಗೆ ವೇತನ ಪಾವತಿ, ಆಹಾರ ಭದ್ರತೆ, ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಭದ್ರತೆ ಮತ್ತು ಸುರಕ್ಷೆಯನ್ನು ಒದಗಿಸಲು ರಾಜ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರಗಳು ವಿಫಲವಾದವು. ಆ ಮೂಲಕ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಹಕ್ಕು, ಘನತೆಗಳನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟಿಹಾಕಿದವು.
ಈ ಅತಂತ್ರದ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಯ ನಡುವೆ, ಹಲವಾರು ಕಡೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ, ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ತಮ್ಮನ್ನು ತೆರವು ಗೊಳಿಸುವ ಬೆದರಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ಎದುರಿಸಿದರು, ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಪೊಲೀಸರ ದೌರ್ಜನ್ಯಕ್ಕೂ ಒಳಗಾದರು. ಈ ಅಸಹನೀಯ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬದುಕಲು ನಿರಾಕರಿಸಿದ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ಸಾವಿರಾರು ಕಿ.ಮೀ ನಡೆದು ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ದೃಶ್ಯ ಹಾಗೂ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಮತ್ತು ಮಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ತಾವು ನಗರ ಬಿಡಲು ನೋಂದಣಿ ಮಾಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಉದ್ದುದ್ದದ ಸಾಲುಗಟ್ಟಿ ನಿಂತಿರುವ ದೃಶ್ಯಗಳು ಕಂಡು ಬಂದವು. ಅವರ ಘನತೆಯನ್ನು ಮಣ್ಣುಗೂಡಿಸಿದ ಫಲವಾಗಿ ಈ ದೃಶ್ಯಗಳು ಕಂಡುಬಂದವು. ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ಈ ರೀತಿಯ ತೀವ್ರ ದೈಹಿಕ, ಮಾನಸಿಕ ಮತ್ತು ಭಾವನಾತ್ಮಕ ಆಘಾತಕ್ಕೊಳಗಾದ ಬೆನ್ನಲ್ಲೇ, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ಈ ರೈಲುಗಳನ್ನು ರದ್ದುಗೊಳಿಸುವ ನಿರ್ಧಾರ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಇದು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕವನ್ನು ಸಮೃದ್ಧಗೊಳಿಸಲು ತಮ್ಮ ಶ್ರಮ ಹಾಕಿದ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಮೇಲೆ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ನಡೆಸಿದ ದೌರ್ಜನ್ಯವಾಗಿದೆ.
ಈ ಎಲ್ಲ ಅನಿಶ್ಚಿತ ಮತ್ತು ಗೊಂದಲದಿಂದ ಕೂಡಿದ ಪ್ರಯಾಣದ ಕುರಿತಾದ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಗೃಹ ಸಚಿವಾಲಯದ ಆದೇಶಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಇದ್ದಕ್ಕಿದ್ದಂತೆ ರೈಲುಗಳನ್ನು ರದ್ದು ಮಾಡಿರುವ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಈ ನಿಧಾರಗಳು ಹೃದಯ ಹೀನವಾದದ್ದು ಮತ್ತು ಅವು ವಲಸೆ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಸಾಂವಿಧಾನಿಕ ಹಕ್ಕನ್ನೇ ನಿರಾಕರಿಸುವಂತದ್ದು. ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಓಡಾಟವನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಬಂಧಿಸುವ ಮೂಲಕ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ಅವರ ಸಂವಿಧಾನ ಬದ್ಧ ಹಕ್ಕನ್ನು ತಡೆಹಿಡಿದಿರುವುದು ಖಂಡನೀಯ.
ರೈಲುಗಳನ್ನು ರದ್ದುಗೊಳಿಸಿರುವ ಈ ಕ್ರಮವು ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಗಳ ಓಡಾಟವನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಬಂಧಿಸಿ ಸಂವಿಧಾನದ ಪರಿಚ್ಛೇದ 19(1)(ಡಿ) ಯ ಉಲ್ಲಂಘನೆಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ತಾವೆಲ್ಲಿ ಬದುಕಬೇಕು ಎಂಬ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಆಯ್ಕೆಯ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರವನ್ನು ಈ ಆದೇಶವು ಉಲ್ಲಂಘಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದು, ಇದು ಸಂವಿಧಾನದ ಆರ್ಟಿಕಲ್ 21 ರ ಉಲ್ಲಂಘನೆಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ರೈಲುಗಳನ್ನು ರದ್ದುಮಾಡಿ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರನ್ನು ಬಲವಂತವಾಗಿ ಉಳಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಕ್ರಮವು ಸಂವಿಧಾನದ ಆರ್ಟಿಕಲ್ 23 ರ ಅಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಲವಂತದ ದುಡಿಮೆಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.
ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಈ ಆದೇಶವನ್ನು ತಕ್ಷಣವೇ ಹಿಂತೆಗದುಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕೆಂದು ನಾವು ಆಗ್ರಹಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ತಮ್ಮ ಪ್ರಯಾಣದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನಿರ್ಧಾರ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಸ್ವಾಯತ್ತತೆಯನ್ನು ಮತ್ತು ಘನತೆಯನ್ನು ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ಮಾನ್ಯ ಮಾಡಬೇಕೆಂದು ನಾವು ಆಗ್ರಹಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಇಲ್ಲೇ ಉಳಿಯುವಂತೆ ಅಥವಾ ತಮ್ಮ ರಾಜ್ಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಮರಳಿ ಹೋಗುವಂತೆ ಯಾರನ್ನೂ ಒತ್ತಾಯಿಸಬಾರದು. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ಸಂವಿಧಾನದ ಚೌಕಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾರ್ಯನಿರ್ವಹಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದು ಮತ್ತು ಯಾವುದೇ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ತಮ್ಮ
ರಾಜ್ಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಮರಳಲು ಬಯಸಿದಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರನ್ನು ಗೌರವಯುತವಾಗಿ ಸುರಕ್ಷಿತವಾಗಿ ಉಚಿತ ಪ್ರಯಾಣದ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಮಾಡಬೇಕೆಂದು ನಾವು ಆಗ್ರಹಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

  • ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ, ಇತರೇ ಸಂಗಾತಿ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ, ನೀವು ಸಹಿ ಹಾಕಿ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸಿ ಕೊಡಿ : cm@karnataka.gov.in

OPEN LETTER TO THE CHIEF MINISTER OF KARNATAKA FROM CONCERNED ORGANISATIONS & INDIVIDUALS REGARDING VIOLATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF MIGRANT WORKERS

We, the undersigned, are writing to you in utter shock about the recent distressing move by the
Government of Karnataka (GoK) to cancel trains for migrant workers departing to their home
States.The decision was taken after a meeting between the Chief Minister and the Confederation of
Real Estate Developers Associations of India (CREDAI), and communicated via a letter dated 5 May
2020 to the South Western Railways.
This decision has been taken solely to appease the lobby of builders and contractors who claim that
the return of workers to their home states will adversely impact the construction sector. Neither
migrant workers nor trade unions representing them were consulted. Since 24 th March 2020, most of
the builders and contractors have completely abandoned the workers leaving them to scrounge for
food and money in violation of government orders. Several reports and workers’ testimonies, present
an alarming picture of the lockdown. As some reports indicate, 64% of migrant workers are left with
less than Rs 100, only 6% of them received full wages during the lockdown and only one in
five received rations. The Central and State Governments have failed to ensure payment of wages,
food, financial and tenure security during lockdown thereby stripping the workers of rights to dignity
and food.
In addition to this precarious situation, workers have been threatened with eviction and have been
subjected to police brutality in many places. Dramatic scenes of thousands of workers walking long
distances and queueing up to get registered to leave Bengaluru and Mangaluru to their home states
demonstrate their unwillingness to continue in such a hostile environment. It is symbolic of their
crushed dignity. After being put through such deep physical, emotional, and psychological trauma, the
announcement of cancellation of trains by the GoK is the worst assault on the workers whose labour
has contributed immensely to Karnataka’s flourishing.
The entire exercise of confusing travel orders by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the arbitrary
decision by the State government to cancel trains for workers is callous and is in disregard for the
migrant workers’ entitlement to Constitutional rights. It is this mindset which underlies this latest
decision by the State government prohibiting the right to travel which has to be strongly condemned.
This move of cancellation of trains violates the right to movement under Article 19(1)(d). By
infringing on the basic freedom to make fundamental choices about their lives it violates the
right to dignity under Article 21. By cancelling trains and ensuring workers continue to labour
in Karnataka it violates the constitutional prohibition on forced labour under Article 23.
We demand that the State Government rescind the order immediately. We demand recognition of the
autonomy and dignity of the migrant worker to decide their travel plans. No one should be forced
either to stay back or to return to their home states. We demand that the Karnataka government
abide by the Constitutional framework and immediately make the necessary arrangements to ensure
that any worker wishing to return is allowed to do so at no cost, and in a safe and dignified manner.

  • Gram Seva Sangh with all other likeminded Organizations

Vandana Shiva Message to Sacred Economy Satyagrahi’s

America’s Super-Rich See Their Wealth Rise by $282 Billion in Three Weeks of Pandemic  : https://www.mintpressnews.com/super-rich-see-wealth-rise-282-billion-three-weeks-coronavirus/267027/

These are the main players of the Rakshashi economy that you call the monster economy.
They are planning to destroy all work , all local economies, all freedom, all forms of Swaraj.
Our Satyagraha for life will need to protect nature, protect land rights of tribals and peasants, creation of work opportunities through a sacred economy specially food and crafts, everything all hand made sectors There will be attempts to make these illegal as they tried making saving seeds Illegal and we did the Bija Satyagraha . Or the FSSAI rules that make artisanal food illegal and we had to do a Satyagraha for Gandhi’s Ghani. Or demonetisation making cash illegal.

We need a Satyagraha for life and livelihoods , and for indigenous ways of knowing . The imposition of the digital economy for mining data and surveillance is not just taking away our freedoms , but children made to learn digitally means the poor will be denied their right to education and the others will loose their creative , synthesising capacities.

We are at the most serious watershed that humanity has faced . And only the power of Satyagraha and imagination dedicated to creating sacred economies will give hope and courage to all of humanity
Pl let me know what are the next steps you plan and we should take collectively.

With love
Vandana

vandana@vandanashiva.com
Dr Vandana Shiva
Director, NAVDANYA
A-60 Hauz Khas,
New Delhi – 110016 INDIA