Sunday, October 9, 2016

Tracing the government order behind pulses price rise?

This has been doing the rounds in some unofficial circles since a few
months now. But I'm not able to find more details. Attached a poster I
found on fb/twitter, and some of its text copied from another article:

M/s Adani had formed a Joint venture with Wilmar company of singapore
last year for marketing of food products in india. Adani Wilmar Ltd,
is the producer of fortune brand food products in India. The JV
company aimed to collect agri produces on large scale from farmers in
major pulses producing states.

They could not do it as there was a cap on mass collection and storage
of food items. Last April, Adani could manage to get that cap on three
pulses Arhar, Moong and Urad removed thru a government order.

>> The whole things remains debatable and in all these posts there's a lot of hot air being exchanged between pro and anti commenters. But I think the air can be cleared, and even an actual solution found, by just tracing down the actual Government Order being mentioned. Towards that, I presently can't find anything in web searches.

I have seen enough documentation covering international market prices
of the pulses in question : they are much cheaper; comparable to the
prices at which they're being bought from Indian farmers. So the
"international prices are high" argument is moot.

So can you help?

We need the exact details of this alleged government order. Serial
numbers etc, Date of issue, Department, Credentials of officials or
minsters who passed it, where it happened, etc.

Then, "a cap on mass collection and storage of food items." >> What is
the legislation behind this? Can we have exact details of this too?
Central or State level, when passed, what is the full text of the law,
and anything related?

It would be great to put the personification aside and instead see
this systemically. Monopolization of essential commodities is a
recurrent thing in many countries, and is one of the most tangible
outcomes of nexus between political parties running on funds with
undisclosed sources (aka black money) and corporate heavyweights who
are best placed (ie, have large volumes of surplus money to gamble in
something as risky as an election) to be supplying that funding. If
it's pulses here, it's water or something else in another country.

It is anti-monopoly laws in place that prevent the monopolization. And
if a government order has indeed been passed, ie, not a bill that's
signed on by elected representatives but a top-down executive action,
that in effects repeals the laws of the land that were put in place to
prevent monopolization.. if this has happened without the elected
representatives authorizing it, then its legitimacy needs to be looked

In the event that we find there is no such order passed or that there
is no such law existing and the claims were unfounded, then the other
fact-point needs to be checked : is it true or not, that the company
in question owns most or all of the commodity that has seen extreme
price rise? If that is true, then this creates valid grounds for civil
society as well as opposition political parties to take up a cause of
having an anti-monopoly law in essential commodities passed and
breaking up the monopoly. Let's not forget that the RTI was passed
thanks to untiring advocacy and pressure by civil society and wasn't a
"blessing" from the Congress that they claim in their propaganda.

So either way there's plenty of room for action here.

Links to articles that you can find in web searches that talk about this:

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