Saturday, October 21, 2006

Grain Robbery

The Plan
Every year govt. spends crores of Rupees buying grains from farmers to be distributed among those below poverty lines, for free or at a subsidized rate. FCI/PDS is largely entrusted with this work.

  • This grain is transported across godowns in India, to be distributed among the needy.
  • The unscrupulous elements (caretakers, clerks, babu's, middlemen) - steal this grain, and sell it in open market or export it. The FCI marked grain sacks have been found at most unexpected places - being sold or exported.
  • Nobody complains because, it is either recorded or declared that - the grain was distributed as planned Or Rats ate it Or It just rotted away.
  • Is Public Distribution System (PDS) working? It is believed that close to 50 per cent of food grains in PDS get stolen.

Thanks to NDTV for bringing this out. Complete Story: Here, and Here.

This is EXACTLY how we perpetuate poverty - by corruption, inefficiency, promoting the lazy and not questioning the obvious. Crores of Rupees vanish - just like that. Isn't that Tax Payer's money that was entrusted to Babu's, to use meaningfully for the countrymen?

Instead we have gimmicks like : Garibi Hatao, TV Set distribution, and berozgar bhatta. Stop this sloganeering and gimmicks - where are the results?


At 2:50 AM, Anonymous Madhu Ahuja said...

For ur comment on my blog:

Medha Patkar is supporting farmer's rights. The food grains u & i eat r produced by these farmers not at our homes. Lets repect the fact that farmers hve the right to own their land. No rehabilitation compensation is given to them wen farmers r askked to evacuate, its jus on papers not pratised pratically.

What made u think we'd b back ward if Medha's support to farmers exists? Her fight for poor men's justice is justified.Even if v r citizens of deveeloping nation, atleast we live with dignity. Look at Japan, China & USA. Due to industrilization, there's so much pollution in those nations, they suffer from so many health problems. its all due to their greed.

u & i can't eat money to survive, can we? Farmers generate food.Who will protect famers wen all will turn into corporates?

Corporates shudn't b allowed to eat up the lands to build buildings & more buildings with higher electricity, water consumptions.

Poor & middle class people like me eventually are sufferers.

At 8:50 AM, Blogger Apun Ka Desh said...

Madhu Ahuja> You are yourself not sure about what you are saying.

Nevertheless - SEZs are NOT wrong. It is the corruption associated with it is that is wrong. Not giving appropriate compensation to farmers is wrong.
Get it ?

At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Ravi said...

Great Point. If 50% of food grains are being stolen, thats a big big problem.

We need to Privatize everything.. like yesterday.

At 2:08 PM, Anonymous sanjay tripathi said...

AKD - if we can increase education, awareness, reduce poverty and reinforce rationality eliminating the difference based on the caste religion or sex and start giving priority to individual skill and talent 90% of our problems will be solevd. Today we face political mismanagement in our country. As long as ignorance is there donkeys will rule us. It may take a generation in India when the people will demand accountability and will really value the output based system.. Happy Diwali and happy all of u.

At 4:10 AM, Blogger Vin said...

you have a nice blog out here...
will visit it often...

At 10:51 AM, Anonymous ekawaaz said...

Dear Apun,

We need more privatization to reduce more corruption. Giving money as you said to farmer is wrong I am totally agree with you its not fault of business but the corrupt babu's.

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Silkboard said...

Privatization isn't the magic word. Yes, it will help. But private monopolies will sure be worse than public ones.

More than public/private/PPP thing, we need "feedback" and checks to be in place. While checks/balances inside the government can't be practically mended in a day, one big part of the puzzle is "us". "Us" not as in just the free media, "us" as in you and me.

RTI gives us a practical tool. Being brave enough not to succumb to the temptations of bribery-shortcut is another.

At 11:13 PM, Blogger Musings on India said...

I actually had a question? Apart from RTI is there anything we can actually do to see that these things dont happen? I know voting is the most important tool but any suggestions on other tools?

At 4:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

car insurance price
classic car insurance
car insurance rats
online car insurance rate
low car insurance
progressive car insurance quote
admiral car insurance
l car insurance

usaa car insurance
online car insurance
car insurance in new jersey
budget car insurance
car insurance for woman
free online car insurance quote
tesco car insurance
norwich union car insurance
buy car insurance
geico car insurance quote
aarp car insurance
instant car insurance quote
usaa car insurance
instant car insurance quote
car insurance n
car insurance group
diamond car insurance
online car insurance rate
instant car insurance quote
geico car insurance
cheap car insurance quote
usaa car insurance

Random Keyword: :)
car insurance price

At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

buy valium online view topic valium dosage - buy valium msj

At 11:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

buy tramadol tablets tramadol buy - tramadol online cod

At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

buy cytotec in dubai - cytotec 0.2 mg misoprostol - buy misoprostol cytotec

At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

buy tramadolcheap no prescription buy tramadol cash on delivery - buy tramadol usa


Post a Comment

<< Home