Tuesday, January 24, 2017
why rice prices rise ?
i was wondering whether it is a question ( why rice prices rise) i must ask from the government or from the traders, Mill Owners, rice importers? i thought it is a question that not only me but also entire 'my class' and 'other class' people must ask from this government.
what is this my class, you may wonder? that is the class that every politician likes to use specially during an election campaigns. api kana heti lipaa danee. (only the stove / hearth knows how we eat.) this is the famous quote the new government used during their election campaigns with a photograph of a woman with a child with sorrow faces. At that time they knew how we ate, what we ate for our breakfast, lunch and for our supper. But unfortunately now they know nothing about how we eat it seems.
there was a long drought, yes we admit. most of our farmers couldn't cultivate their paddy lands due to drought. such situations arises and not unknown to this country or to this region. But can a government let their people starve because of such reasons? why we need a government if we cannot find solutions to address such issues?
what are the coping mechanisms / strategies that a government can follow during such situations? i remember listening to news one evening ,about the yield gathered last Maha season. According to the news last (maha) season was one of the best seasons that our farmers collected better yield. according to the news the yield was enough to cover entire rice need of our people and my question is what happen to the 'excess yield'? STORED or IMPORTED?
Don't you have any adequate amount of paddy at the public government rice store'. i remember you boasting about the number of kilos you bought from the local farmers. all used?
last time i remember you blaming former government for not using the paddy at the government store saying those are not eatable and i ordered them to use as birds' feed ('mama ewa kurullanta daanda kiwwa')
Alas! now the store is empty (?) now we pay high prices, ranging from 98 ( red and white raw),100, 120 ,175 ( Basmati, keeri punni samba etc, i observed prices at few places. ) for a kilo of rice, why?
About couple of days ago my sister visited sathosa to buy some kilo of rice but there were only keeri samba available and the price of a kilo of rice, according to my sister Rs. 120/= and no other types available at that time she visited the outlet, why, SOLD?
If that is the reason, alright. But prices? NOT SATISFACTORY at all.
Perhaps, the solutions, answers for the questions such as what can be done during such situations, i guess can be found in the job profile, duty profile of our finance minister, you must consult him for advice.
when writing the 'budget' why didn't you include some strategies to address 'drought no rice' situations?
we need rice for an affordable price. you cannot blame drought for high prices?
As you all know 'MAN POWER of our class people wasting their time without contributing their labour. i am wondering how their families find rice, bread or cake for their breakfasts , lunches and for suffer suppers?
'labour is power', don't try use them, only when you need them. you used them to hold power, get power, memorize your election campaigns, what promises you gave them? we can very well remember dear masters, ministers, don't let them waste their power, labour power, kindly give them a better place. try secure their positions, don't forget you are there for a shorter period when next government comes, you may lose your big positions. and that is the tradition so far followed. did you think of changing that tradition? NO. you followed the exact tradition and appointed a new chairman and directors, new workers (good, no objection) let them remember what you do until they departure this world not as something sorrowful but as something useful and important. take good divisions to safe guard their jobs.
Never ever degrade labour power and never ever think or take 'hunger or starvation' as something silly or unimportant, take such things for grant.
You mustn't forget history, 'hunger is power', 'poverty is powerful' and both hunger and poverty very powerful and rebellious than you can ever imagine.