Malout, Punjab: BJP’s Abohar MLA Arun Narang was Thrashed, beaten and his clothes were torn apart by protesting farmers at Malout in Punjab.
Narang, the BJP MLA from Abohar, was in Malout, along with his supporters to address a press conference.
First the farmers threw ink at him. He was soon rushed into a shop nearby by police but when he came out, he was attacked brutally by the mob that went berserk and a handful of cops present there failed to control the situation.
After some time, somehow the police managed to push the MLA inside a shop, pull down the shutter and quell the mob but not before the victim MLA’s clothes were completely torn apart.
I am still not clear about the issues involved in the Farmer’s agitation. So, I asked a friend of mine, who besides engineering is a farmer from Abohar – Fazilka region of Punjab. Now, after retirement he is a full time farmer. – Francois Gautier
We are inviting the Leli (Left-Liberal) gang to join the debate on the “farmers’ crisis. To set the ball rolling, Newsroom24x7 is reproducing from social media what the farmer from Fazilka, Punjab, told Francois Gautier 👇
“I have been actively farming for almost two decades now and I have witnessed many things happen at APMC’s.
I have seen classifications of C grade grain miraculously change into B grade grain.
Similarly I have also witnessed the weigh bridge weigh in the empty truck at 39 tons and the full truck at 55 tons and later found that the unloaded truck weighed 43 tons at another weigh bridge.
Yes I know, you know what I know. Yet, let me tell you more about what you may already know.
There are over 30,000 registered adtiyas in Punjab.
These 30,000 employ another 300,000 sub agents or sidekicks or people who wouldn’t have made it into doing anything anyplace were it not for the patronage network of these 30,000.
There are only 1500 farming villages in Punjab.
330,000 / 1500 is about 220 people on average per village doing the work of middlemen.
Why is this the case?
It’s a long story but someone needs to begin talking about this at some time.
We had a food shortage and a ship to mouth existence until the 1970’s.
Norman Borlaugh pioneered a variety of wheat which gave 10 X the yield but needed 3X the fertiliser.
The Punjab was chosen as the battleground against hunger. Enterprising Sikh farmers worked hard to Create what we know as the green revolution.
Since there were huge shortages. Laws were made which didn’t allow for stockholding or selling at farm gates.
Essential Commodities Act APMC Act (farmers were compelled to sell only at APMC’s to licensed traders – remember license permit quota Raj?)
As an assurance to the farmer for his hard work. Minimum Support Prices were guaranteed.
No matter what the quantum. Sarkar would pick it up and provide farmers with a minimum amount as compensation per quintal or ton as the case maybe.
Getting money out of the sarkari treasury is a muck filled process. Thus was born the breed of middle men who walked the corridors of bureaucracy, government and worked corrupt sarkari babus.
political patronage networks flourished.
220 : 1 is the ratio of middlemen to a single village in Punjab today.
This business got integrated backwards.
Corruption was professionalised.
For instance, I have in my circle of influence or immediate family, folks who own very large tracts of land. (100 acre plus holding).
The thekedar comes and takes the theka of growing on the land. For those unfamiliar with the word, Theka it’s also referred to as contract. I know there are grumblings about corporates contracting with farmers directly now. I also know why. You should too.
Anyways; to cut a long story short. Plenty Farmers do, not much except receive their due at the end of each cropping season.
What is grown? What grade or quality? For how much is it sold? Would it have fetched the similar price in the open market? Where is it sold? How is it sold? Who’s the end beneficiary? Does anybody consume it or does it go to waste? Was there a better way to do what’s being done?
All the above is none of my business or yours.
As long as you receive your cheque. Why do you care?
The Jamkhedkar committee meanwhile reports that over 40% of the grain acquired under MSP by FCI is either unfit for consumption or is simply wasted.
All Told, One out of every Two kilos acquired is wasted.
Years of perfidy have today given birth to this.
MSP has ensured that there is no necessity to seek profitable enterprise.
It’s also given birth to the patronage networks which survive off the sarkari teat and refuse to breakaway.
It’s given rise to a political class which thrives and survives of being Specialist Corrupt Thugs.
There was no sunset clause on this. Nobody foresaw a time of surplus production on food grains.
Result; all other states such as Haryana, UP, Bihar, Rajasthan & MP all produce surfeits of Grain. They also have their own MSP mechanisms which have proliferated and created similar political patronage networks.
Since more is acquired at Mandis in Punjab. Remember the central government promise. Grain from UP and or Bihar also finds its ways into the mandi system of Punjab.
The trucks being under weight and over paid for and the grades changing are common place practise, you can go for a few days to the mandi and figure out how to make a killing by doing this. I don’t advise it, this is what the system is current day. I advise, Try doing truthful clean work. It’s more fulfilling.
Soon enough, you’ll also be one of those “know it all’s” in the mandi who doesn’t talk to others. After all information is power.
All this is paid for by you dear tax payer.
The annual bill for this is approximately 8 lakh crores.
Why don’t the farmers grow something else. Something more profitable.
If I’m being paid for doing precisely nothing.
Why bother with competing.
Where is the incentive to compete?
I would rather go and picket the roads leading into Delhi to ensure that the existing system isn’t threatened.” Quite a racket ! What a shame.”
NEW DELHI: The12-team Hero Indian Women’s League will kick off in Ludhiana, Punjab on Sunday, May 5.
Defending champions Rising Student’s Club kick-start the Hero IWL edition as they face-off against Gokulam Kerala FC on Sunday.
The teams are divided into two groups of six each, are set to participate in the tournament. Group I consist of Rising Student’s Club, Gokulam, FC Alakhpura, Hans Women Football Club, Central SSB Women Football Club and Panjim Footballers. Meanwhile,
Group II consists of Manipur Police, Sethu FC Bangalore United FC, SAI-STC Cuttack, FC Kolhapur City, and Baroda Football Academy.
“Women’s football in our country is going through an exciting phase. We have seen the Indian Women’s Team produce some great results at the International front,” said All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das.
“We are sure to see the rise of more talented players in the third season of the Hero Indian Women’s League. I would like to thank the Punjab Football Association for their support in hosting the IWL, and wish the participating clubs all the best for the tournament in Ludhiana,” he added
New Delhi: The Special Judge, CBI Cases, Mohali (Punjab) has today (28 August 2018) awarded Death Sentence to Kushwinder Singh, a resident of Village-Suhavi in a case of kidnapping and murder of four family members.
CBI had registered the case on 16 July 2007 on the orders passed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Criminal Miscellaneous case. No. 58783-M of 2006. The CBI then took over the investigation of this Case (FIR No. 59 of 2004 dated 5 June 2004) registered earlier at Bassi Pathana POlice Station in Fatehgarh Sahib district of Punjab under Sections 364/34 of Indian Penal Code and 302 of IPC. The case was registered over the kidnapping and murder of one Kulwant Singh, his wife Harjit Kaur and their two children Ramandeep Kaur and Arvinder Singh.
Kultar Singh, a resident of Polo Majara village in Fatehgarh Sahib district had made a missing/kidnapping and murder complaint against Kulwant Singh and his family on 3 June 2004.
After completion of further investigation, CBI had filed a chargesheet against the accused Khushwinder Singh, resident of Suhavi village under Khamano Police Station of Punjab under Sections 364, 201 and 302 of IPC in the Court of Special Judicial Magistrate, CBI Cases, Patiala on 8 September 2014.
The Trial Court framed the charges against accused Kushwinder Singh on 26 September 2014. During trial, prosecution examined 37 witnesses. The Trial Court found the accused guilty and convicted him.