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Farmers suicides are caused by lavish expenditure on weddings, education & loans for borewells, etc- says Telangana govt నవంబర్ 29, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in biodiversity, Economy, livelihoods, suicide, Telangana, TRS.
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What drives farmers to suicide? Telangana govt says lavish weddings, expensive education

ABP Live, Our special correspondents and agencies, Sunday, 29 November 2015

Hyderabad: Telangana has told Hyderabad High Court that expenses farmers run up to hold lavish weddings for their daughters and educate their children in expensive private schools were among the many reasons that drove them to suicide.

The state’s claim, which has triggered outrage among activists, came in an affidavit filed in response to petitions by farmers’ groups seeking a direction to the state to take steps to end such suicides.

The activists have termed the government response “fictional” and “irresponsible”. They claimed that attributing such reasons for the deaths of financially distressed farmers “belittled the contribution and sacrifices” of the farming community in general.

They said such a response was “ridiculous” and “misleading” given that over 231 of 443 rural mandals in Telangana had been declared drought-hit and the state had itself sought immediate aid of Rs 1,000 crore from the Centre. Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nizamabad and Rangareddy are among the worst affected districts. (మరింత…)

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Education in Telangana – KG to PG Free Education vs Foreign Universities నవంబర్ 28, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, Economy, Hyderabad, Mulki, Telangana, TRS.
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Telangana keen on having private varsities

The Times of India, November 27, 2105

Hyderabad: The government of Telangana is planning to introduce a Private Institutions Bill, enabling private players to establish private universities in the state.

Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was keen on having private universities which may aid lakhs of students in the state with better education and employment. “I had asked the deputy chief minister Kadiyam Srihari on why we shouldn’t pass private institutions bill which will help lakhs of students across the state,” KCR said at the inaugural function of the Rockwell International School on Thursday. (మరింత…)

Challenges & Opportunities of Bangaru Telangana – G Rajendra Kumar నవంబర్ 28, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in ecology, Economy, Hyderabad, landuse, livelihoods, Polavaram, Telangana.
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Challenges & Opportunities of Bangaru Telangana
– G Rajendra Kumar

The Hans India, November 27, 2015

The Socio Economic Outlook of Telangana reveals the numerous challenges, dynamic environment and enormous opportunities to make the Telangana state the icon of development given the leadership with foresight, fortitude and determination.

The way forward for reinventing Telangana rests on fully harnessing the natural and human resources, setting right the imbalances and incongruencies that crept into the mainstream development processes so far. This chapter is an effort to focus on such challenges, opportunities and unfold the strategies sector-wise as part of the roadmap ahead, taking into consideration the recommendations of various Task Forces setup by the Government.

The Challenges
Telangana State, despite achieving a reasonably impressive performance in the recent past in terms of various macro-economic indicators, still has certain weak links, especially in the performance of social indicators. Bridging of these gaps is necessary for building a robust framework of policies for improving human development indices. This calls for a convergent and cohesive action from different related corners and making best use of the competitive advantages such as the demographic dividend.
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Stop Land Sales in Hyderabad- ఎవరివీ హైదరాబాద్‌ భూములు? ఎన్‌ వేణుగోపాల్‌ నవంబర్ 28, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Economy, Hyderabad, KCR, KTR, Nizam, Settler, TDP, Telangana, Telugu (తెలుగు), TRS, YSR.
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ఎవరివీ హైదరాబాద్‌ భూములు?
ఎన్‌ వేణుగోపాల్‌
నవ తెలంగాణ 11 నవంబర్ 2015

“ఒరులేయవి యొనరించిన నర వర యప్రియము తన మనంబునకగు దానవి యొరులకు సేయకునికి పరాయణము పరమ ధర్మ పథములకెల్లన్‌” అని పాటించవలసిన రాజధర్మం ఏమిటో మహాభారతంలో తిక్కన విదురుడి నోట చెప్పించాడు. అది రాజధర్మం మాత్రమే కాదు. మనుషులందరూ పాటించవలసిన సహజ నైతిక సూత్రం. ఇతరులు ఏ పని చేస్తే మనకు అసంతృప్తి కలిగిందో, ఇతరులు ఏ పని చేయడాన్ని మనం అభ్యంతర పెట్టామో అదే పని మనంతట మనం చేయకపోవడమే అన్ని ధర్మాల్లోకీ అనుసరించవలసిన ధర్మం అనేదే ఆ నీతి.

ఘనత వహించిన తెలంగాణ ప్రభుత్వం తాజాగా తీసుకున్న ఒక ఆర్థిక నిర్ణయం ఈ గత కాలపు వివేకాన్ని గుర్తుకు తెస్తున్నది. అప్పుడు ప్రతిపక్షంగా, ఉద్యమపక్షంగా ఉండిన ఇవాళ్టి అధికారపక్షం సమీప గతంలో తీసుకున్న రాజకీయ వైఖరినీ ఇవాళ ప్రకటిస్తున్న విధానాలనూ పోల్చి చూసినప్పుడు ఈ వివేకం గుర్తుకు వస్తున్నది. తిక్కన అక్షరీకరించిన మానవ ధర్మం, రాజధర్మం ఇవాళ్టికి కూడ ఎంత ప్రాసంగికంగా ఉన్నదో తెలుస్తున్నది.

తెలంగాణ ప్రభుత్వం ప్రభుత్వ భూమిని వేలం వేయడానికి నిర్ణయించిందని, అందుకోసం 12,500 ఎకరాల భూమిని గుర్తించిందని, ఆ వేలంద్వారా రు. 13,500 కోట్ల సంపాదించాలని ఆలోచిస్తున్నదని వార్తలు వస్తున్నాయి. ఈ వార్తలు పూర్తిగా ఊహాగానాలు కాకపోవచ్చు. అంకెలలో ఏమైనా చిన్న తేడాలు ఉండవచ్చు గాని ఉద్దేశాలూ నిర్ణయాలూ నిజాలే కావచ్చు. భూముల అమ్మకాన్ని నిధుల సేకరణకు ఒక మార్గంగా చూస్తామని ప్రభుత్వాధినేతలు చాలసార్లే ప్రకటించారు. కాని ఇవాళ అధికారంలో ఉన్నవారు రెండు సంవత్సరాల కింది వరకూ ఇటువంటి నిర్ణయాలను వ్యతిరేకిస్తూ మాట్లాడారని, నిరసన ప్రదర్శనలు కూడ జరిపారని గుర్తు తెచ్చుకోవలసి ఉంది. (మరింత…)

Displacing Godavari and Its People – N Venugopal నవంబర్ 6, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, AP Reorganisation Bill, Godavari, Koya, Polavaram, regionalism, ST, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Book review
When Godavari Comes: People’s History of a River–Journeys in the Zone of the Dispossessed by R Uma Maheshwari, New Delhi: Aakar Books, 2014; pp 486 + xviii, Rs 595.

N Venugopal (venugopalraon@yahoo.com) is the editor of Veekshanam, a Telugu monthly journal of political economy and society.

Polavaram multipurpose irrigation project across the Godavari River is likely to displace more than 3,00,000 people, mostly Adivasis, by submerging over 300 habitations. It will also submerge forests with rich biodiversity, a hill range, a river and several streams, agricultural lands, and cultural sites. The highly controversial project, first envisaged in the 1940s under the colonial government, was actually taken up by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in 2006, without proper sanctions and clearances from many statutory bodies. The project violates safeguards provided to Adivasis in the Constitution as well as several legislations, including the Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA), 1996, the Forest Rights Act, 2006 and the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

The works on the project began and continued without approvals like clearance for revised costs by the Expenditure (Finance) Committee; Central Electrical Authority’s clearance for power component; approvals from gram sabhas in the submergence areas in Odisha and Chhattisgarh states; approval of Forest (Conservation) Act for submergence areas in Odisha and Chhattisgarh; techno-economic clearance from the Central Water Commission (CWC); and CWC approval for dam design and operation schedule. In fact, the project is under litigation with several cases pending in the Supreme Court (SC) filed by governments of Chhattisgarh and Odisha as well as environmental and Adivasi groups. The project is also in violation of the National Tribal Policy as it violates the direction, “any project which displaces more than 50,000 tribal people should not be taken up.” In 2006, the SC appointed a Central Empowered Committee (CEC) to study the concerns and the CEC report said,
there is, therefore, a strong case for a second thought and explore alternative location and design of the dam to avoid the colossal loss in terms of apprehended sufferings and disruption of life style of the local inhabitants. (మరింత…)