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Katkari Labour in Charcoal-Making

better future for India. "High fertility is both the consequence and the cause of destitution... Unfortunately the thrust towards equity and basic needs has been halting although the family planning programme is central to national development and human rights", they had asserted, However, if J R D Tata and others were really serious about their appeal, they ought to have raised the issue of serious shortfalls in putting the recommended package of services on the ground in 1988. They have not done so because they really did not mean what they had said in 1981, The forces which have made the rich and powerful richer and more powerful also have ensured that when threatened by the spectre of unbridled population growth among the poor and the weak, this group will use the raw coercive power of the state to force the poor to accept contraception. At first, it was motivational manipulation of people under the garb of extension education. There was also social marketing of family planning with massive use of media of mass communication. There were enticements in the form of cash incentives. There were dark hints of disincentives. Crowning all these was the unleashing of the cruel and ruthless bureaucratic machine to catch the poor and the weak people and get them sterilised. These people became the targets of their own government, a government which swears by democracy and respect for human dignity and human rights. The poor became the victims of a sinister numbers game among the bureaucrats. There were mass vasectomy camps of 1971-72. Then there was the infamous intensive family planning drive during the Emergency. The government of Maharashtra has carried this cynical game to the atrocious level of actually rewarding the best 'achievers' among the collectors and commissioners with 'rest and recreation

Drought-Prone Area Programme in Ahmednagar

Drought-prone areas in Maharashtra have hardly benefited from government programmes, even those which have been specially designed for these areas

MAHARASHTRA-Causes of Recurrent Drought in Ahmednagar

MAHARASHTRA rainfall for a period of 78 years from 1901 to 1978 in the district. Causes of Recurrent Drought in Ahmednagar Madhusudan Dattatraya Sathe THE recurring drought in Maharashtra especially in Ahmednagar and Solapur districts has been a perennial theme for public discussion even 100 years ago. So the planners in government raised the basic question whether on the basis of objective and scientific criteria one could define the genuine condition of drought in these districts. Arising out of this there was a next question and that was whether during the course of development planning in last 25 years which programmes and schemes were designed and to what extent their implementation could mitigate the severity of the drought problem in these districts. Taking the same line of reasoning further there was also a question whether the present drought problem could ever be overcome during the course of next 100 years. If we go by what we have managed to accomplish during the chequered career of development planning during last 25 years, it appears that the problem of drought and the canal based prosperity of sugarcane cultivation and sugar co-operatives seem to co-exist and it is likely to continue further, given the preference of the government for soft options. In this backdrop it is only logical that the interest of the dry land peasantry would be sacrificed to protect the well-being of the rich peasantry.
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