Editorial Simplified : 15th day of April 2016
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Editorial : Limited integration
Launch of new electronic “e-mandi” platform. This will help in making of a national agricultural market. (Agriculture is a state subject).
What are the major benefits of e-mandi platform :
- Farmers can sell their produce wherever they could get good prices
- Help farmers escape the cartels that dominate local mandis
- To allow wholesale trading on a national level
What are the various issues with the system :
- Farm marketing varies from state to state and also within the states
- Each wholesale mandi is governed by its own Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC).
- Separate licences are required, charging different marketing fees, for every mandi.
- The use of technology is low
- There is very little transparency in transactions
What does the new system bring :
All 585 major farm markets across the country are planned to be linked to the e-platform by March 2018.
Is it being done anywhere in India :
- Karnataka has a statewide barrier-free electronic market for farm produce
- It has resulted in better price realisation for farmers
What are the shortcomings of the new proposed model :
- Having a single wholesale trading licence valid across the country/region
- A single-point imposing of market fees
- E-auction as the mode for price discovery.
- Too few warehouses equipped with facilities for weighing, grading and standardisation of stocks Aggregators (like Arhtiyas) would need to pool together small surpluses of individual farmers
Which agency will be incharge of the new platform :
Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC)
What other reforms could be done :
- Amendment of the states’ APMC Acts on the lines of the Model APMC Act 2003.
- States to give up control over APMCs which give them political clout and yield handsome revenues for the state exchequers.
Editorial : Clean up cricket
Implementation of the recommendations of the Court-ordered Lodha committee into the functioning of the BCCI that was set up in the wake of the IPL 2013 spot-fixing scandal.
- Supreme Court’s question as to why the state cannot carry out the BCCI’s public functions
- A two-judge bench wondered why Parliament could not pick the Indian team.
Some controversial suggestions by the Lodha panel :
- That ministers and public officials should not be cricket administrators.
- ‘One state, one vote’ system, which would disempower traditional cricket associations in Baroda and Mumbai
Cricket associations’ argument :
Cricket associations are private entities, the state has a limited right to interfere in their functioning
But there are some troubling logics :
- The “Indian” team is selected by one private organisation, the BCCI.
- The BCCI is sending players to the team at the tournaments that have a “national” character.
How can it be managed :
- By allowing alternative boards to spring up
- Ensuring that “India” name cannot be used by a team without processes following norms of transparency.
- Funds gained from the use of the “India” name could be investigated by the Comptroller and Auditor General if necessary.
- Since these all bodies registered under the Societies Act, the registrar of societies must stop being a toothless outfit and act accordingly.
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Editorial : Hiding behind law
Maharashtra assembly has passed a new law that makes social boycott a crime with imprisonment upto seven years and fine of 5 lakh or both
Huge Problem :
Large no of cases of social boycott in the name of religion, caste, tradition etc
Inept Solution :
- Country has enough laws dealing with discriminatory practices
- Added layer of bureaucracy in the name of law would only add to cries of increasing state vigilantism
- Implementing existing laws become a problem due to disempowered officials and political nexus as seen in case of Kollam temple fire
- Enforcement of laws should be a priority rather than enacting new law
Editorial : The missing link
PM Modi has asked businesses to invest in India’s 7500 km coastline to make ports and inland waterways as engine of growth
Million Dollar Question :
- Economy survey highlights poor maritime infrastructure; Choice needs to be made between investment in existing ports or spend on new ports
- Quality of services at existing ports are dismal in India
Backing Required :
- Huge time and cost in handling of freight at Indian ports need to be tackled; experts of suggested that building small ports along the cost and inland waterways is the way forward
- Every great industrial civilization is built on maritime infrastructure from historical time
- Uncalled for reluctance in Indian policy set up to embrace maritime culture needs to be shunned
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Editorial : Reviving a good idea
The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test ( NEET) was earlier declared unconstitutional but now there is hope of reviving the test.
Important points :–
- The NEET was a test introduced in 2010 for those seeking admission in Medical and Dental courses.
- It saved students the trouble of writing multiple entrance exams for state-run and private institutions.
- NEET encounterd opposition from 2 quarters. The State and The private institutions especially the minority run institutes.
- State government opposed the centralisation imposed implicitly by NEET.
- Minority institutes argued that NEET violated their constitutional right to regulate admissions.
- The Supreme Court earlier haf struck down NEET as violative of constitution. But the dissenting opinion in the judgement said NEET could be used merely to create a pool of eligible candidates from which the institutes were free to select.
- The judgement is now under a review at the Supreme Court.
According to the editor NEET may be back in place. An early disposal of the review petition is needed to put in place a transparent admission process and eliminate any confusion.
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