Policy for the Integrated Development of the Village – Rural – Agro Sector .

On winning elections, The Rising India Party would bring in a Policy for the integrated village-rural-agro sector development in the country. The huge dollops of give-away charity money would be re-deployed to energize the sector in public-private models of getting the entire village-rural-agro sector moving with the combined aim of creating a vibrant globally competitive agro supply chain of agro products, and to create and store sustainable surpluses in key core areas of strategic value and interest.                                        

The Rising India Party’s Policy for village-rural-agro sector development is based upon the following:
 

  1. Pass a law with limited life, valid for a limited period of 20 years, to by Law, create financially and commercially viable co-operative-corporate companies, open to public-private investment models, with operational, and management capability resting with the private investors, so as to create profitable businesses from which all shareholders and stake holders, would benefit from the profitable economic activity unleashed, across multiple fronts in the rural agro-economy of the nation immensely.
  2. The Boards of these entities would have significant representation from the land owner pool with limited veto power, such limitations would be defined in advance.
  3. After twenty years, each village cluster co-operative-corporate unit so formed will have the choice to continue to function in the manner detailed or for individual share / stake holders to peel off into individual economic units.
  4. Shareholders can sell their shares on the open market at any time.
  5. Uneconomic units, or units making losses for three consecutive years will be allowed to wind up. (To discuss and confirm)
  6. The government's mandate would be to form cooperative-corporate enterprises throughout rural India that would consists of clusters of villages, grouped, in terms of geographical contiguity, land holding patterns, population clusters, available natural resources etc.
  7. These Co-operatives may be named Corporate CO-OP to get better public acceptance as there may be resistance to the term Co Operative. 
  8. The Government would announce the formation of village clusters based on land and population of land owners and landless people of the cluster. These cooperatives would be fundamental pools of land of the entire land of the area would be pooled into a cooperative organization
  9. Each village, or village cluster co-operative-corporate, would be based on 1000 + acres as the minimum contiguous and cumulative land holding for unit to be formed into a co-operative corporate.
  10. Higher thresholds would be ceilinged at 50,000 acres land holding cumulatively with various land owners forming the land pool.
  11. Based on the analysis of the cluster area, of which primary data is mostly available within the district and / or in government data bases to include the geology, land quality, water, power needs and availability and similar other key indices, a project report for the area would be created listing current assets, needs, investments required in various area of socio-economic sectors.
  12. Essentially the need of that particular area or corporate Co-Op need to be defined with the assets tabulated by the land holding, the quality of land, the availability of water, power needs versus current power availability, the costs required for implementing mixed power grids based on solar energy and where appropriate wind energy, crop sowing patterns needed to get immediate self-sufficiency and profitability.
  13. Entrepreneurs would be tasked with raising of finds and providing the investment, operations and management expertise to obtain their share-holding of the co-operative-corporate and set up agro enterprises with both local and export crops within the enterprise plan.
  14. The money and resources that previous governments have budgeted as give away safety nets such as MNERGA would be re-deployed to underpin these economic units whose task would be to ensure that all able-bodied people within the cluster, with special emphasis on the landless, are put to work in areas that support the projects thus created.
  15. People with disability will be brought under a social and health security net.
  16.  The project managers will need to ensure that the able bodied, do not go hungry or remain without work for more than a pre-stipulated time, say 4-6 months. During the time, they are unemployed the government money underpinning the project will be used to pay out for daily unskilled work, just as they are within the MNREGA scheme.
  17. The quantum or percentage of the shareholding would be arrived at by comparing investment against the cumulative land value of the co-operative formed, or perhaps, an arbitrary value of shareholding would be set at 50% for the land holders and 50% for the investor(s), with operational control resting with the investor(s) or other practical formula that may be decided through consultation.
  18. This would be so as to create financially viable land-resource-socio-economic based units whose resource lines meet commercial viability parameters.
  19. The investments required for such a venture would be offered to the private sector where companies could come in and banks would offer finance on low or concessional terms as subsidized by the government
  20. Concessional bank loans to the project investor-manager based upon project scope, its investment requirements for the rapid development of up-stream and down-stream Agro industries including food processing, cold chains, infrastructure including export infrastructure would be planned so as to become our globally competitive and active in the food industry.
  21. These projects which would need to be financially modelled to give payback to the investing company along pre-agreed parameters and with the support of subsidy guarantees by the government, where required.
  22. Each cluster would have as mandatory core operational requirement, farming, including green-house tech based farming, horticulture, floriculture, crops and produce with export potential.
  23. Depending on the quantum of total village land holding, population and economic viability, creating co-operative-corporate, a mixed model of integrating a co-operative into one enterprise, or corporate, and if in this geography and cumulative resource profile, were analyzed to arrive at the project profile and parameters, and into this were added the required investment, one would have a potentially economically viable units to make for an attractive potential investment on the part of Indian business.
  24. To illustrate, if a village or a village cluster, when holistically examined and analyzed, threw up a picture where key elements were that it’s land was best for growing crops A, B, C and D; but which needed X inputs of water, Y of power, and had potential for input of Z resources, the composite picture would more often than not bring into focus, what could become a composite project wherein X investment in requisite areas would make for a viable business unit with good to great growth potential.
  25. These would vary from village cluster to village cluster. Once this focused picture was clear, private investors could be invited to bid for various projects in a public-private partnership.
  26. The project parameters would be required to factor in employment with on the job training for the vast numbers of unemployed graduates in India who would need to be brought into service through a six-monthly refresher training.
  27. The operations team would comprise a mix of engineers, agro scientists, renewable energy graduates and graduates from other disciplines as required.
  28. Such a policy move, when implemented, would bring in an explosion of finance for agro-rural projects, and would be put through the private sector in public-private partnerships.
  29. The District Administration would be integral to the project and process except that all personnel will be evaluated to assess attitude, corruption index and past work record. Such assessment would include psychometric profiling, polygraph assisted interviews and feed-back garnered from the public who have come in contact with said officers.
  30. All personnel would be given a chance under the re-monetization amnesty to come clean, and if they have, they would have a chance to re-deploy.
  31. It would be the stated policy of the government that India be turned into a organic farm produce country by creating the infrastructure for the gathering animal dung and manure, human excreta and processing and mass-producing of manure for the fields.
  32. The nation would also focus on natural production methods but tweaked such that they deliver high yields with minimal genetic tinkering.
  33. Natural pesticide control using natural methods as far as possible would be engaged in this national effort.
  34. University research on natural pest containment methods would be ignificantly funded.
  35. Research positions would be offered to scientists from across the world with world beating offers on life-style, compensation and research facilities.
  36. Ancient wisdom as passed down the ages through the main Vedic and flow-through works would be scientifically ploughed to develop processes and products to the extent possible even as extensive work in the “normal” science space is undertaken.
  37. All genetic research and tinkering would be aimed to increase organic produce for both the local and world market, where there is growing demand and where such produce fetches higher prices for the farmer-seller
  38. India will be tasked to become the supplier to the world fo organic produce through the combined strength of its farmer and entrepreneur.
  39. Suitable incentives would be worked out to encourage this policy.

TO BE ADDED – AS REQUIRED


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