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29th "NRC-related" suicide in Assam, as Nirod Baran Das takes his life by hanging on a fan

By Our Representative
Reporting 29th case of National Register of Citizens (NRC)-driven suicide in Assam, one of India’s human rights campaign sites has said that, on October 20, tragedy struck Kharupetia town in Darrang district of Assam, when a retired school teacher and advocate Nirod Baran Das “took his life by hanging himself to a fan in his home.” The report adds, “The NRC process has so far claimed over two dozen such lives in the past four months alone.”

Demonetization: South Gujarat farmers protest, warn Modi, it will lead to failure of winter crop due to cash crunch

Farmers' protest against demonetization in Surat
By Our Representative
The farmers of South Gujarat have taken up cudgel against the Government of India's controversial decision to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, saying it has led to severe cash crunch, leading to complete failure on their part to begin farming for the winder season and sell their agricultural produce, especially vegetables.
Warning that if cash crunch does not end immediately, says a memorandum forwarded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with a copy to Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, the winter season will be a “failure” for the farmers, who are already suffering because of low prices in the monsoon season.
Pointing out that they “will be further distressed”, the memorandum, submitted to the Surat district collector following a well-attended vehicle rally under the banner of Gujarat Khedut Samaj (GKS), says, “If the crops of vegetables, wheat, sugarcane and paddy are affected there will be an unprecedented rise in the prices which will affect the entire population of the country.”
It adds, “Owing to lack of cash liquidity and difficulty in procuring essential items there may be issues of law and order that also arise.” As for vegetable growers, the memorandum adds, they cannot sell their produce in the market due to the cash crunch, as there are no buyers.
“Ultimately the cash crunch also affects the final purchases and sales by the end consumers in the retail market”, the memorandum complains, adding, the cooperative societies, too, are facing cash crunch, as they need lakhs of rupees daily to be disbursed to the farmers.
What has made things worse, the memorandum says, is that the “freeze” imposed by the Government of India on district cooperative banks (DCBs) and their financial transactions.
“This put the cooperative societies are in a bind: they cannot turn down the farmers and their produce, but they also cannot pay them the cash for the produce”, it underlines.
You are aware that the monsoon crops of cotton, groundnut, sugarcane and paddy have reached the markets. At present, even the traders of the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) do not have the capacity to buy these crops.
“Currently the farmers are scrambling in order to meet the daily cash requirements for the winter crop such as seeds, fertilizers, fuel and wages”, the memorandum says.
Pointing out that even today most Gujarat villages do not have branches of nationalized banks, and very few of the rural people have the ability to operate accounts, the memorandum says, “Even the few who do have accounts, have them with the branches of DCBs.”
It adds, “The accounts of the milk cooperatives and the agricultural cooperatives are also linked to district cooperative banks.”
In this circumstance, the memorandum says, “The government’s action of keeping the district cooperative banks outside the purview of financial transactions smacks of distrust on farmers, milk producers and cooperatives.”
It adds, “On account of this ill-thought decision the farmers, maldharis (milk producers) and agricultural labourers in rural Gujarat have been reduced to the plight of beggars despite having money on them.”
“With a cash withdrawal limit of Rs. 3,000 against a daily requirement of lakhs of rupees daily in the peak agricultural season is making it difficult for the farmers to continue their agricultural operations”, the memorandum says.
Against this backdrop, the memorandum asks Modi to immediate lift the freeze imposed on the DCBs. “If there is severe distrust of the DCBs then use their infrastructure to open counters of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on their premises”, it underscores.

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Nishant Bahadur said…
Sugar cane in Gujrat???
Yes around 10 lakh tonne of sugar is produced in South Gujarat alone every year.

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India failing to dictate diplomatic preferences of Nepal, Bhutan, is unfairly blaming Beijing: Chinese daily

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Ahmedabad, GIFT, Adani city get 1.68 lakh acre ft Narmada water; Gujarat's rural areas just 4.27 AF: Letter to CM

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17 lakh Jharkhand elderly, widows, differently abled do not receive pension: Public hearing told, aadhaar is a hurdle

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Ethnocide in Caribbean island filmed following award winning docufilm on Jamaica's anti-colonial Indian roots

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India to deport Rohingya refugees, as the world moves towards prosecuting Myanmar for genocide

By Tapan Bose*
Seven Rohingya Muslims refugees who were held at a detention centre in Assam since 2012 will be handed over to Myanmar. The Supreme Court of India has refused to stop their deportation. The new Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gagoi said, "We are not inclined to interfere on the decision taken".

An elite Kutir set up by Modi far from the "madding" crowd: This Gandhi museum is formal, unapproachable

By Rajiv Shah
Have you ever heard of a Gandhi museum, sough to be projected as the “largest” on the Mahatma, yet totally inaccessible, in sharp contrast to Ahmedabad’s humble, approachable and unassuming Gandhi Ashram on the banks of Sabarmati, set up by the Mahatma during the heydays of the freedom movement? It exists about 30 kilometres away, its idea was conceived by none other than a person who has today become even more inaccessible than he ever was: Narendra Modi, India's Prime Minister.

Accused of being RSS plant, Modi man, Hyderabad Urdu varsity chancellor asks President to probe "irregularities"

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History less known: Kasturba's role as an independent woman and a freedom fighter in her own right

By Nandini Oza*
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