Policies and Programmes for Fertilizer Production and Use

The global fertilizer production situation and demand for fertilizers in the context of the rise in energy and gas prices, Covid 19 pandemic, and the ongoing Ukraine war are in urgent need of a critical evaluation of the policies and programmes under implementation for fertilizer production and use from the side of the policymakers, farmers’ leaders and scientists in India.

New India’s ‘Development’ Divide: A Modern-day Apartheid?

At the fag end of their tenure, the ruling class in Delhi have made these startling discoveries: there is a huge middle-class in the country who need crumbs from the government; there are 30-40 crore workers employed in unorganised sector who are poor and need to be empowered; there are 12 crore small and marginal farmers who need state’s largesse to survive, and there are 130 crore citizens whose efforts to realise the goal of a New India needs to be boosted.

Privatisation of public sector banks would run counter to the constitutional obligation of the Govt

In the Budget speech last year, the Finance Minister mentioned that the government would privatise a few PSU banks in due course. There are reports on statements originating from the Ministry that the government would introduce a Bill during the coming monsoon session for enabling it to privatise PSU banks in principle, create provision for outright sale and relax the cap on foreign equity holdings in them. DIPAM is also conducting road shows in the USA to sell IDBI Bank.
In this connection, we wish to caution the government about the legal and other far-reaching implications of privatising any PSU bank.

3M (Machine, Money, Media) challenges to India’s Electoral Democracy | Press Release

Machine voting and counting poses clear and present danger to the integrity of India’s electoral process and therefore its democracy. Large number of electorate have expressed serious doubts about its tamperability, hackability and vulnerability for injection of spurious votes. Several representations on this have been sent by civil society organisations and individuals to the ECI that have evoked no response whatsoever. 

Coal and Power crisis in the country | Press Release

In order to bring out the actual reasons for the colossal failure of the Coal and Power system management and enable corrective action, an independent enquiry should be constituted into the coal crisis that occurred once during 2021, has enveloped the country during the summer of 2022 and is likely to extend into the monsoon.

Compliance of EVM voting with basic and essential requirements of ‘Democracy Principles’ and integrity and credibility of electronic voting and counting in Electoral Democracy-Posers

To, Sh. Sushil Chandra, Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India, Nirvachan Sadan, New Delhi. Sh. Rajiv Kumar Election Commissioner Sh. Anup Chandra Pandey   Election Commissioner Subject: Compliance of EVM voting with basic and essential requirements of ‘Democracy Principles’ and integrity and credibility of electronic voting and counting in Electoral Democracy-Posers thereof Dear Sirs, ... Continue Reading →

Demand to Reverse the SBI-Adani Capital Deal

Reserve Bank of India should reverse its policy with regard to allowing Non-Banking Financial Companies (like the Adani Capital) to have tie-ups with Public Sector banks (like the State Bank of India) for co-lending to the farmers and other small borrowers. The undersigned demand an immediate reversal of this arrangement as it will have serious implications for the public.

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