– By Abhishek Mishra
Sonia Gandhi did it again! She has emerged as the ‘sine qua non’ for the Congress party.
MNREGA, Forest Right Law, Right to Education, Pension Bill are the mainstream flagship initiatives to name the few. Amongst the neo schemes, specially the Food Security Bill is initiated, championed and backed by Sonia Gandhi. She continuously urged to all the political parties to stand together and unite in serving the nation’s deepest concern.
Simultaneously, Rahul Gandhi with plenary diverse visits to mostly remote parts of India, intending to reach out to various segments of the people, interacting, narrating means and ways to overcome poverty. He said, “Poverty is just a state of mind. It does not mean the scarcity of food, money or material things. If one possesses self-confidence, then one can overcome poverty.” In this context, He cited the example of a poor woman in Amethi, who redeemed her self-esteem by getting associated with self-help group Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana. His vigor inner sense, vigorous efforts and clarity in thoughts are admired by the millions of ears standing close to hear him, except for those who denounce his thoughts which are condemning the wish fullness growth towards the nation. Slum is a state of mind, where we have failed and progression has been taken place in some parts of our thought process. Slums of the twenty-first century have had their share of problems, with criminality and corruption occasionally spiraling out of control. Now our Government has a vivid understanding that allowing the undesirable elements of slum life to fester at reasonable levels is important for nurturing slum dwellers’ adoption of the more complex attitudes and behaviors required for successful citizenship at the municipal and global levels. He assured them “my one and only political aim is that I want to tune my ears to the voice of the poor and the marginalized”. With the same aim fostering to pass the Food Bill is an immense achievement towards legendary thoughts of a great leader.
People talk about the skirmish of 2014 is churning through the “Food Security Bill” or “Religious Parikramas”. I urge, let’s give it a legitimate thought and foresee our future where millions of repudiated side of the society can sleep peacefully eradicating the virus of hunger. These are some underprivileged ones who cannot even manage proper one meal in couple of days. How can even both be compared and served under same platter. The opposition has alleged this bill which feeds the Garib Janta has full of flaws, grinding axe on it. Our consciousness is ought to be towards the righteous deeds mending the issues of Aam Aadmi. This is only possible through minimizing strata of poverty and broadening other sides of economic growth. Thus, to achieve this we steadily progress of the wide spread of the “Food Security Bill” and not by condemning and criticizing it. Principal opposition once again, shown up as a party without positive agenda, especially in showcasing effective economic alternatives.
We all know and it is evident that, to pull up a positive string a lot a of negativity surrounds to pull it down. In same way, there is and will be squabbles on the success of the biggest élan scheme which aims to cover starving stomachs in contentment. Foibles where brought through television shows and other medium carping mistime in launching of the bill which reflects in answering that there is no good time to do good work.
After long awaited the milestone Food Security Bill was passed. It promises to cater very reasonable food grains to approximately 82 crore, ushering in the world’s biggest programme to fight hunger. The bill will guarantee 5 kg of rice, wheat and coarse cereals per month per person at a fixed price of Rs 3, 2, 1, respectively. It will enable to serve the nation’s two-third population the right to the food security. India has joined the select league of countries that guarantee majority of its population food grains. Government expected to spend approximately Rs 1,25,000 crore annually which will in return add to some additional burden of about 25000 crore but with proper implementation in the long term benefits in terms of human capital will compensate the costs that will encumbrance now. Along with efficacy model of PDS (public distribution system) which would be the turning factor of this bill’s achievement.
Another landmark conquest is ‘The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2012’ which recently got passed. This bill reaches out to poor, specially, the farmer, the dalits and the tribal sect. The proposed law seeks to introduce transparency in land acquisition so that land is not forcibly taken away from farmers, while ensuring adequate compensation and rehabilitation for landowners and others affected by land acquisition. A key role is played by our Rural Development Minister, Shri Jairam Ramesh. He said, “The 1894 Act was a law that was misused, it was anti-farmer, the law gave the administration so much power to misuse the law, efforts have been made to have a completely new law and not just amend sections of the 1894 Act.”
The Apex masterminds of Congress have few such other bills in their pipe-line which are proposed to pass in this current monsoon session. They have indeed strong agendas and preplanning ahead of 2014 polls. Congress has introduced two schemes to inculcate job-oriented skills to help the urban poor and to provide housing to slum dwellers. The National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) proposes to render skill development training to four million poor youth during the 12th plan period (2102-2017) and Rajiv Awas Yojna (RAY) to build houses for approximately two millions slum dwellers. Congress is building community institution like self-groups, focusing on holistic economic development, providing employment through skill training and placement programs and enhancing capacity building self-employment schemes. We are on the path of ‘Bharat Nirman’.
“Congress ka pramukh nara, Jan Kalyan dharm hamara” – (Abhishek Mishra)