Mr. Modi time for action is now
All you must do is put six people in gaol – that is it. Just six people and this stir will dissolve into thin air. Who are these six, you may ask? All of them are involved in the hawala-narcotics trade, a bane of India. These lumpen elements are wreaking havoc and no matter how many times you meet with the farmers, they will never agree to call the stir off. Because they are not farmers. The time for action is now.
Here are a couple of hints – one of this group of six is currently in London and another is in Dubai, co-ordinating the next phase of action in the farmer stir with a neighbouring failed state apparatus (some say it is the 24th province of China). These hints, along with your supersleuths should help you identify the people behind this stir. If you don’t act, this and many other such stirs will come out of the woodworks. It is time to think outside the box.
The government subsidizes Punjab farmers when they produce rice and wheat. But the demand for these is not as much as it used to be, so the government is forced to purchase them from the farmer at high prices and throw it away.
Why is this gang of six causing the stir?
It is quite simple. Who stands to lose big if the farmer is suddenly free to sell his/ her produce to any buyer? And who needs to now declare all income derived from agricultural produce because all Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) members must now disclose their GST and PAN number details? Till date, they were getting away with evading taxes but now they cannot.
Many of these gang of six are also dabbling in Agriculture Produce Forward Markets, hoarding commodities such as potatoes and onions, creating an artificial scarcity, driving the prices up, and then raking in the moolah. The money comes in two ways:
- From the increased selling prices of the goods themselves.
- From future positions, they would have taken in the Commodities markets.
The government subsidizes Punjab farmers when they produce rice and wheat. But the demand for these is not as much as it used to be, so the government is forced to purchase them from the farmer at high prices and throw them away (often it rots in godowns where it becomes fodder for rats and other vermin). The traditional consumers of the southern states do not seem to have the kind of need now as they did before. When GST is pan-India, what to grow for a farmer should also be a pan-India approach, so the farmer, before planting must know which kind of crop will get the best price for his produce. The government can and will help the farmer.
To top it off, India has banned agricultural exports because of some babu’s concern (or was it an election concern?) that it would drive up prices in the country. Ergo, we have a perfect storm!
Another hint – some of the members of this gang of six have also run up huge debts with the Public Sector Banks (PSBs).
Break this nexus and you will be free once and for all.
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