NHRC and SHRC should not watch passively while Indian farmers starve and commit suicide. By Hem Raj Jain
Notwithstanding misguiding claims of Government of India (GOI), economically India is such a backward country that here not only about two third of people are dependent on agriculture but farmers (small and marginal) in hundreds of millions are starving and ~ 40 of them commit suicide daily. As a remedy farmer are demanding fair and remunerative prices for agriculture produce and freedom from agricultural debt (the result of non-remunerative prices). But it is only one part of the tragedy, which is Hindu majority India.
Three other Indian malaises are ensuring that these unfortunate farmers do not get any succor in this matter. First Prime Minister Modi during campaign of Parliamentary elections 2014 promised that he will ensure ruminative price for farm produce that is 50 % above cost (main inputs). But after becoming PM, Modi asked GOI to give an affidavit in Supreme Court of India (SCI) in February, 2015 that GOI cannot give said remunerative prices. Many party functionaries and even member of Union Government are publicly giving excuse also of financial constraints in giving remunerative prices to farmers.
Second is the fact that these unfortunate starving & suiciding farmers are mostly lower castes of Hindu order [Dalits (oppressed), Schedule-castes, Schedule-tribes, Backward-castes, Other-backward-castes etc]. Therefore human rights social activists (even farmer’s NGOs) like AIKSCC (who claim to work for the benefit of farmers) do not take effective action for bringing relief to these unfortunate farmers though they can easily do it by demanding from GOI to recover Rs ~ 1,000 Trillion of State capital as mentioned at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/kashmir-global-network/conversations/messages/50539 which when recovered will easily remove the financial constrain of GOI while giving relief to these unfortunate farmers.
Third problem is that nobody, including National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and State Human Right Commissions (SHRCs), is questioning the GOI that why GOI did not recover black-money of said Rs ~ 1,000 Trillion State-capital from ~ 1 million tax-evaders and instead merely for 3 to 4 Trillion black-money (that too ultimately could not be realized) preferred to harass most of ~ 1.3 Billion people of India through de-monetization (in which farmers, farm-labors and their children working in cities and even in other States too were the worst sufferers). The legally highly objectionable apathetic role of NHRC / SHRCs is evident from the fact that the matter of starving & suiciding farmers have been heard in various High Courts and SCI but NHRC / SHRCs never intervened in proceeding of these courts in favor of these unfortunate farmers despite national and international laws.
[According to (i)- National laws, in addition to other provisions of criminal law the public servants of Income Tax Department (who are criminally derelict and are not recovering said income tax of $ ~ 16 Trillion) ought to be prosecuted under Section 177, 181, 199, 202, 217, 218 IPC read with Section 271 (1) (C ) 276 (C ) of The Income Tax Act and Section 13 (1) (d) 13 (2) of The Prevention of Corruption Act. Moreover NHRC / SHRCs are legally expected to intervene in said court proceedings under section 12 (b) of Human Rights Act (ii)- International laws expects that under the United Nations Convention against Corruption India takes action against corruption of the public servants who are not recovering this black money of Rs ~ 1,000 Trillion].
It is hoped that in the interest of the human rights the NHRC and SHRCs will see to it that GOI is legally constrained (directly or through Higher Judiciary, if necessary) so that said State-capital of Rs ~ 1,000 Trillion is recovered from tax-evaders which will provide relief to these unfortunate Indian farmers who in hundreds of millions are starving and ~ 40 are committing suicide daily.