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  1. In a property dispute the trial court ordered the concerned Tehsildar to carry out a survey of the dispute land. The surveyor who conducted the survey submitted a report stating the land is fully developed into a residential layout. The report is true since there many number of residential houses are built there. The property owners are paying the taxes to the concerned authorities. Even the concerned muncipality has formed roads and drainage. There is also water supply to the entire area. House numbers are also allotted to the individual houses by the concerned authorities. But in the RTC it is being shown as an agricultural land and some fruits plan being cultivated. My concern is how is it possible that even after a layout is existing the RTC has been issued as an agricultural land? Is this RTC legally acceptable in the court of law? What kind of RTI application to be made to clarify the above matter?
  2. Dear sir, My name is Diffin . My aunty has a small property in Kerala State, Trissur Dist, Vellangallur Panchayath. it is having an electricity connection for agriculture Purpose. it is 1 km far away from her house. this electric connection is free of cost through KRISHY BHAVAN for irrigation. This electricity connection was disconnected from KSEB Vellangallur before one year without any information or notice. Inspite of repeated request and complaints they are not ready to reconnect the same. in this situvation you are requested to inform us for the further action . Regards Diffin
  3. Hello Friends, this is lokanath from bangalore, im working in private sector and i like to share our every indian rights, and help to solve problems through some true political leaders....so friends share ur ideas, programmes and keep in touch...i tell u how to do and donts...My main aim is to develop Villages and People who are working hard the field...and we have to maintain " Unity & Discipline"..and we to develop and improve forests, agriculture, education, technolgies,health etc... so be with me and share with me..thank u all...
  4. As reported at expressbuzz.com on 06 Apr 2011 MANGALORE: Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar's intentions have come under a cloud of suspicion after documents obtained under RTI revealed that he had misled Parliament on the issue of banning the poisonous pesticide Endosulfan. On February 22, Pawar had informed the Lok Sabha that many states were against a ban on Endosulfan and wanted to continue using it. However, information obtained through RTI reveals that the Union Minister had deliberately exaggerated facts to mislead the House. Contrary to claims made by Pawar, the documents obtained under RTI revealed that not a single state had requested the Centre to withdraw the ban. The Ministry of Agriculture had received six letters in all, urging the Centre not to ban Endosulfan. Three letters were from Endosulfan producers and two others were furnished by Consortium of Indian Farmers Association (CIFA). Saurashtra Chamber of Commerce and Industry, too, had written demanding the withdrawal of the ban. The information furnished to RTI applicant and Keralabased journalist D Dhansumod also revealed that the Centre had refrained from reacting to the demands for a ban on Endosulfan from Kerala and Karnataka governments. The Centre received over 3,000 letters from organisations as well as individuals demanding a ban on Endosulfan and even National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had sought a ban.
  5. malaylakhani

    Farmer Status in Gujarat

    I want to know if the farmer status of my grandfather is perfect or not. He has documents of Agriculture land on his name. But there have been cases of me hearing that govt. is taking away land on its name if the status is not perfect.
  6. Tamil Nadu Govt. is doing a great service to Farmers and they encourage us by offering a lot of subsidies. But functioning of some depts. need to be improved. Our dream was to develop a model Farm which will be visited and appreciated by dignitories like the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister or Deputy Chief Minister. We did buy a land and register during Feb 2009. The Surveyor has visited us and collected all photocopies of documents and did survey of the land, and collected all forms signed for transferring the Patta in our individual name. We have dug borewell and have applied for Electricity Connection so that we can install Pumpset and start our farming activity. Even though more than one year has passed, the Surveyor has been only promising. Sometimes he even says everything is ready; but when we contact him he promises the same thing again and again. Without transferring the patta, Electricity Board is not processing the application. How to go about? I do not wish to lodge complaints and invite wrath of people. Our honest intention is to develop the Farm so that we can also provide employment to poor people and at the same time grow vegetables organically for maintaining good health. I shall highly appreciate how to go about and guide me as to the Officer who can help me in fixing the outstanding issue. Thanks and with kind regards, Renganathan Narayanan
  7. As reported by Vijaysinh Parmar at timesofindia.indiatimes.com 23 October 2009 AMRELI: Is agriculture a business or not? The state government seems confused on this issue. In an affidavit filed in Gujarat High Court, Amreli mamlatdar has said agricultural operations can't be considered business. However, a contradictory response has come from the civil supplies and consumer affairs department. The debate arose because of RTI applications filed by Jaykant Pataliya, a diamond worker of Varudi village. He has been using RTI for the last four years in a case related to a fair price shop in his village. "Four years ago, the government allotted a licence to run the shop to Mayur Ranva on the basis that he was an educated unemployed' youth and had no income sources," says Pataliya. According to government guidelines, an educated unemployed youth refers to a person below 35 years with minimum education up to class X. He should neither have a job nor an earning source. But, Ranva's parents are government employees. Also, he and his father jointly owned agricultural land in Dhari area when the licence was allotted to him. "His land is a source of income. But, he says the income goes to his father," says Pataliya who has alleged that Ranva was given the licence because he's politically well-connected. Ranva also hid important facts in his application which the district collector has also accepted, adds Pataliya. Amreli mamlatdar in 2006 filed an affidavit in Gujarat High Court in reply to Pataliya's petition. It stated: "An educated unemployed person means one who has no employment or business or any kind of income. He becomes entitled for allotment of a fair price shop. In this case, agricultural operations can't be considered a business." Amreli district collector said there is no government guideline or notification in this regard. But, agriculture is rainfed and this was taken into account while allotting the shop to Ranva. Recently, Pataliya received a response from the civil supplies and consumer affairs department. It stated: "It's very difficult to define whether agriculture is a profession or not. Also, in Ranva's case, it's very difficult to decide whether he gets income from his joint holding of land. It's not clear whether he can be considered an educated unemployed person when he has land in his name." It also said the department couldn't give information on whether agriculture was a business or not. The applicant should approach either industry department or agriculture and co-operation department. Source: 'Agriculture can't be considered business' - Rajkot - City - The Times of India
  8. Playing with fire in Orissa's farmland as reported by Latha Jishnu / New Delhi November 13, 2008, Business Standard The unchecked spread of illegal Bt cotton cultivation is a serious threat to the state’s agriculture, warns Latha Jishnu Orissa’s farmlands have become the battleground for several conflicting interests. There is the familiar battle over what should be grown — traditional food grains versus the more rewarding cash crops — but the more insidious battle is being waged over how the crops should be grown and what technology should be used. Cotton is the focus of this largely covert operation to wean farmers on a genetically modified (GM) regimen in a state which maintains that it intends to remain GM-free. Over the past five years there have been significant shifts in the agricultural landscape of Orissa which has taken rather enthusiastically to cotton cultivation. From less than 30,000 hectares in 2002-03, the area under cotton has expanded to over 63,000 hectares in 2007-2008. By the end of the 11th Plan, the state intends to double this figure, according to a paper prepared by the department of agriculture. But the extraordinary aspect of Orissa’s growing appetite for cotton is that almost the entire crop is being grown under contract, either for mills, traders or in small measure for research institutes. Farm experts say this is an unusual phenomenon. The figures revealed by the department are eye-popping. In response to a right to information (RTI) petition filed by a voluntary organisation, it disclosed that 58,255 farmers were contracted by 15 companies to grow cotton on 60,371 hectares during 2007-08. That’s a cool 95 per cent of the total area under cotton but a chunk of this is devoted to growing organic cotton which is turning into a money-spinner. The concern, and a serious worry, is that a substantial number of the farmers are using illegal GM seeds to cultivate cotton. The seeds, according to sources in Orissa, are supplied either by the contracting company or bought by the farmers themselves. Officials have turned a blind eye to this by claiming they are helpless in the matter although there have been reports of several seizures of GM seeds by the police. Little is being done to check this proliferation or to warn farmers about the hazards of Bt cotton. Field visits by agriculture experts have shown that farmers have not been instructed in biosafety protocols and have completely ignored the mandatory regulations. The irony is that Orissa has been proclaiming rather loudly that it is against GM crops. Not only has the agriculture minister stated on the floor of the assembly that he would not allow GM crops into the state but the chief minister himself has issued a memo that GM crops should be discouraged in the state. To make its stand very clear, the directorate of agriculture and food production issued a notice in August this year declaring that the cultivation of Bt cotton was illegal. All of this begs the question why no punitive action is being taken against the companies and farmers who are contravening the law. In parts of Bolangir district, a major hotspot for cultivation of GM cotton, the authorities say they have conducted raids but were unsuccessful in unearthing illegal seeds. Talking to this newspaper, U P Singh, agriculture commissioner and secretary to the Orissa government, sidestepped the issue by saying it was “mostly under contract farming”. Orissa’s policy, he insists, is to disallow GM crops because of the environmental and health hazards they pose. There was no case for adopting Bt cotton since the state was keen on pushing organic cotton to tap into a growing market. His contention: why go for expensive Bt cotton when you can exploit a profitable niche market (organic cotton)? But whatever officials may say, Orissa is known to have been a hotbed of GM testing for companies producing Bt cotton since 2002 — and that, too, without clearance from the Genetic Engineering Approvals Committee (GEAC), the regulator. Activist Debjeet Sarangi, founder of Living Farms which campaigns for organic farming, says almost all the brands of Bt cotton seeds are available in Rayagada and Bolangir. He believes it is part of a tested strategy — Gujarat was the testing ground in the early 2000s — by companies to capture the market. The ploy is simple: Release GM seeds clandestinely and then seek to make it legal by saying it is already widespread and farmers are demanding it. But the lax regulation and enforcement underline a deeper worry for Orissa which has become the third largest grower of organic cotton in the country. The lack of a specific liability regime for GM organisms means that the state, like the rest of the country, can make no claims on companies supplying GM seeds in the case of environmental damage. Experts say the potential extent of the harm and its timeline are a matter of uncertainty at this point although evidence is coming in of the ill-effects of GM crops on the human system. For this backward state, there is the potential impact of contamination of other crops. There have been several instances where countries have barred imports of agricultural products contaminated with GMOs. Sarangi says RTI petitions have revealed that extensive field testing of Bt cotton varieties has been underway in Orissa since 2004 are not being discontinued despite the state’s declared intention of barring GMOs. A proposal for the field trial of Bt Cotton in Bhawanipatna for the current year has been accepted and the Orissa University for Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) is set to start testing of a GM food crop, the controversial Bt eggplant or brinjal. This has provoked widespread protests across Orissa because the state’s rich biodiversity boasts close to 200 varieties of eggplants. There is no way that it can prevent contamination from GM varieties through gene flow when over 80 per cent of its farmers are marginal cultivators with holdings that are less than two hectares. Surely, Orissa understands that it cannot resolve the paradox of promoting organic cultivation while playing footsie with genetically engineered crops? Latha Jishnu: Playing with fire in Orissa's farmland
  9. I am an NRI and I want to start an agriculture business in India and want to make my parents as partners and managers of that business while I manage the funding of the business from overseas. I want to know if I can start a business like this and what are the things that I should know about before aspiring to be a budding entreprenuer in this business. I would like to mention that I am a woman entrepreneur and want to help farmers to learn more about organic farming practices and wants to improve the supply chain management with the local population instead of big MNC's preying on our farmers. thanks a lot for all your suggestions.
  10. Can a RTI Help to know "How a Agriculture Property was sold without taking signature of the owners". My Uncle bought, probably did a fake signature of my grandmother and got a Property on his name. But the property belongs to my mother, mother's sister and grandmother. Now my Grandmother os no more, now My Uncle says he bought this property from my Grandmother. How can I use RTI to save my property, or challenge the system/government officials who didn't bother to see the records to whom the property belongs and helped my Uncle to get property in his name. As per the Government Land records, property is sold to My Uncle :-(
  11. No Public Information Officer in Agriculture Department as reported by Anupam Chakravartty | Oct 09, 2008 | Indian Express Vadodara, October 8 Issue comes to light after city-based activist files an RTI application to the department An application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by a city-based activist revealed that there is no Public Information Officer (PIO) in the the Agriculture department of the Gujarat government. The activist, Rohit Prajapati, had sought the usage information of fertilisers after conducting an independent study on various food products and amount of pesticides in form of DDT and Urea in August this year. In its reply, the department, however, said that the information couldn't be given as there is no PIO in the department. Prajapati said the department did not have a PIO or any concerned officer to give the information. "We are yet to get the information. The department has assured that they are gathering the data," he said. In the application, Prajapati had stated the amount of DDT and fertilisers found in various food products in the city. "The study was conducted after collecting various food samples from areas across the state," he added. While corncobs in the state have the highest quantity of pesticides in form of DDT in food items with 7.24 ppm, wheat has the highest quantity of urea with 18.07 ppm. "As per the reply given by the Agriculture department, there has been no survey done in this regard by the government," said Prajapati. "It is not just the part per million (ppm) amount of DDT and fertilisers in food products being produced by the farmers, but the issue is about the deteriorating health of farmers being exposed to chemicals," he added. http://www.indianexpress.com/news/No-Public-Information-Officer-in-Agriculture-Department/371192
  12. Hi, I am very interested to buy almost three acres of land in Gurgaon District for the purpose of setting up a Research Institute in the future. I have identified three pieces of land, however due to recent acquisitions by the govt, Reliance and private builders I am very skeptical about putting my money in any of these. So, I have decided to file RTI for each of these lands and request Haryana Urban Dev Authority (HUDA) to give me a No Objection Certificate for buying/not buying. I would request the members here to help me frame the right questions. If any of you have ever filed such an application before, please share it with me. Are there any additional methods to seek such information besides RTI. Thanks very much.
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