ManSingh wrote:A decent comparison would be GST act. How long did states like Tamil Nadu take to agree to the GST act that was unfair to them( probably still is) and how early did U.P. agree to GST rollout? Why was GST negotiated with every state to address their concerns? Surely the same central spending/taxes paid to central coffer ratio from your diagrams would have been lopsided for Tamil Nadu vs other states.
This entire argument about needing time to negotiate or comment is fallacious.
You cannot compare MSP with anything that is a statutory legal act, which includes the GST. The MSP is not and has never ever been a law.
Neither the MSP nor even 'procurement' as a mechanism is described anywhere in any farm bill. The farm bills themselves came out of proposals by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture. They went through the standard procedures on public readings of bills.
This thread has a great breakdown of how procurement costs of wheat have strained FCI to the point of crisis, all funded by the Indian taxpayer: https://twitter.com/anuragsingh_as/stat ... 6780926976
discussions on this matter have been ongoing for 2-3 decades.
just like in the case of Art 370, no one ever thought that someone would bell the cat.
not only has the cat been belled, it has also been sliced and diced, skinned, cooked and booked and that's got to hurt.
before this fiasco, very few in India had even heard of the word arhtiyas.
this hits at the congis and NCP and their house nigger arhtiyas in the most fundamental way and cuts off their deep rooted patronage system at the very knees.
for these two parties and their politically connected army of arhtiyas or commission agents, it is an existential issue.
if amarinder cries "security issues" and "economic destabilization of punjab", as he is doing today, president's rule will become a viable reality/option and will follow fairly swiftly.
the congis themselves are quite wary of amarinder and he will be replaced by a suitably pliant proxy sooner than later by the mafia famiglia.
punjab has many large politically connected farmer families with farming as well as middleman/arhtiyas interests and these guys rule all the punjab mandis with an iron hand.
Anyway, however which way one may slice it, punjab farmers have no right at all to monopolize the MSP procurement process. There are other states producing much better quality and a larger quantity of rice and wheat crop than punjab's farmers do and these farmers do not do stubble burning to try to coerce and blackmail the center for more subsidises and nor do the farmers in other states get the lavish subsidies that are given so easily to the farmer in punjab.
stubble is what is left in the ground after the combine harvester is done with the harvesting. It is 40 cms in length. This is what is being wantonly burnt so that the resultant clamor forces the center to pay to the farmer remove it.
Earlier bulls were used to plough this into the ground and also to turn the soil for the next crop.
now all those poor bulls have met their 72s and the rich punjab farmer wants more money to handle the stubble. He wants the already screwed taxpayer to foot his bills as usual.
water, electricity and fertilizer equate to national resources and must be equitably shared and fairly distributed as also the MSP procurement setup should be divided to benefit farmers in all other states too.
what the protesting farmers are effectively saying is that: "we, the farmers of punjab" are more equal than others and insist on that privilege of primacy being maintained for ever by law that we demand be enacted in our favor only. baki, bhad me jaye.
Farm Reforms are the SAME BIG BANG REFORMS that were on table for over 25 years. The farm laws enacted are just and fair to all farmers.
Also, it was in the manifesto of the two main national parties so enough discussions have already taken place with special interest groups including farmers groups/unions.
best for the mandi parasite politicos and their conjoined arhtiyas symbiotic ecosystem to bite the bullet and move on.
After all, they have all had a damn good run while it lasted.