(A detailed version of this chapter in notes #301.005 on http://facebook.com/mehtarahulc )
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5.1 How will three line TCP-draft reduce poverty in 4 months?
The day citizens and Mahatma Udham Singh manage to convince PM to print TCP in Gazette Notification, I or someone else will inward MRCM-draft as an affidavit under clause-1 of TCP-draft. What is MRCM-draft? The MRCM-draft describes an administrative procedure which will enable a national level officer to deposit rent of Govt plots and mineral royalty directly into each citizen’s bank account. (see section-5.3 for details) . How much will that amount be? Depends of prevailing land rent and prevailing mineral royalty – may be Rs 200 per month per person to may be Rs 800 per month per person. Now how many crore citizens do you think do not want this ethical Rs 400 (may be less or much more) a month? I believe that over 40 cr citizens want ethical money, and so TCP will ensure that PM gets convinced to print the MRCM draft in the Gazette. And once MRCM draft is printed in the Gazette, we commons will get about Rs 400 (may be less or may be more) per month person, and thus poverty will reduce within 3 months.
Is TCP-draft must to get MRCM-draft printed in Gazette? IMO, yes.
Because if the pro-MRCM activists insist on waiting till they get majority in Parliament and then printing MRCM-draft in Gazette, then there is possibility that MRCM-activists be waiting for ever. First they may never get majority in Parliament. And worse, even if they get majority, there is possibility that their own MPs will sell out and refuse to print MRCM-draft in Gazette. Eg in 1977, Janata Party MPs had promised to enact Right to Recall laws before election, and after getting elected, later they all refused to pass Right to Recall laws. So IMO, MRCM-activists should focus on creating mass movement on TCP-draft, and then use TCP-draft to get MRCM-draft passed rather than wait for election victory. A mass movement on MRCM-draft is not a bad option — it will give positive feedback to mass-movement for TCP-draft. The drawback of mass movement on MRCM draft is that disintellectuals will get ample chances to raise doubts against MRCM-draft and thus disperse the movement. That’s because MRCM-draft is over 4 pages long and disintellectuals can raise questions on each clause. Whereas since TCP-draft is only 2-3 clauses, it is difficult for disintellectuals to disperse the “movement for TCP-draft” by raising frivolous questions.
So please note – my proposal is not that citizens should vote my Right to Recall Party into power and then my RRP MPs will enact MRCM law-draft. And I also do not ask citizens to initiate mass-movement to make PM print MRCM law-draft in the Gazette. My proposal is — we, citizens of India should ask PM to take citizens’ opinion using TCP on whether MRCM-draft should be printed in Gazette or not. The citizens’ opinion will enable PM to decide whether MRCM-draft should be printed or not. I will accept the decision of PM after TCP.
5.2 MRCM-GN-draft in short
The land rent over IIMA plot, JNU plot, all UGC plots, Ahmedabad airport plot, all airports plots and 10000s of such GoI plots and royalties from all minerals, coals and crude oil of India must go we the Citizens of India and our Military and no one else. And royalty, rent must come directly, not via any schemes.. eg say rents from GoI plots and mineral royalties in Apr-2013 comes as Rs 45,000 crores. Then as per the MRCM Gazette Notification I proposed, Rs 15000 crores will go to the Military and about Rs 300 will go to each citizen in his post office or bank account. If every citizen withdraws cash once or twice a month, this would need no more than 150,000 clerks all over India. Existing nationalized banks have over 600,000 clerks. So the distribution of cash is feasible. The direct cash distribution MRCM draft would create may translate into an income of over Rs 8000 per person per year and also lowering of land/house prices. Per person, not just per family. And thus MRCM draft will reduce poverty, increase income and thus increase demands for goods. The increase in demand for goods will increase local industries and thus increase employment. The increase in local industries will improve engineering skills and this will improve weapon manufacturing So less poor Hindus will turn towards Christianity or Naxalism or both. And one year after this law-draft passes, if 3rd child is born, then both the parents will get 33% less rent (those who already have 3rd child won’t be effected). So this law-draft will also control population..
5.3 Some details MRCM draft
Right to Recall the main officer
- One of the clauses of the draft of MRCM GN says : “the PM shall appoint a NLRO (National Land Rent Officer), whom the citizens of India may replace using the following procedure … ” . The replacement procedure is as follows
° Any citizen can pay deposit equal to MP election and register himself NLRO candidate.
° Any citizen of India can walk to Talati’s office, pay Rs 3 of fee and approve at most five persons for the NLRO position. The Talati will issue receipt with his voter-id#, persons he approved etc.
° The Talati will put citizen’s preferences on Govt website with his voter-ID.
° A citizen can cancel his approvals any day as well..
° The PM’s secretary will publish the approval counts of each candidate
° If a candidate gets approval of over 50% of all registered voters (all registered voters, not just those who have filed their approval) then PM will expel existing NLRO and appoint that candidate as NLRO.
° If any person has over 50% approvals and has 2% more approvals than existing NLRO, then the PM will appoint the person with highest approvals for that position.
- So the Right to Recall over NLRO will ensure that NLRO will be much less corrupt and will deliver the rent money to citizens.
- The NLRO will allocate plots which has been declared as property of the Citizens of India by a law-draft or a National Jury verdict that specifically authorizes the NLRO allocate that land.
Collection of rent
- One of the clauses of proposed MRCM-GN says : “The Citizens of India hereby decide and declare that the plot of IIMA, plot of Gujarat Vidyapeeth Ahmedabad, plots of all IIMs and the plot of JNU is the property jointly and equally owned by the Citizens of India. These plots are NOT property of the State or the State of India or the Union of India or any other private/GoI entity, but these plots are property of the Citizens of India. Further, all the plots of all UGC funded universities and colleges not owned by private companies or trusts are declared as the property of the citizens of India. And all plots under Central Govt and Govt entities are also hereby declared as the property of the Citizens of India..
- Another clause says : all plots under following Ministries/Dept will also come under NLRO :
o IIMs, all UGC funded colleges and universities except science, medicine and engineering
o Airports, all buildings owned by Air India and Indian Airlines
o Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
o Ministry Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution
o Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
o Ministry of Information Technology
o Ministry of Rural Development
o Ministry of Small Scale Industries & Agro and Rural Industries
o Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
o Ministry of Textiles
o Ministry of Tourism and Culture
o Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation
o Planning Commission
- [About IITs, IISc
etc : A separate GN we demand says: — All the IITs, NITs and IISc shall
come under DRDO and the DRDO director shall be the Chief Officer of these
colleges and shall appoint Deputy Chiefs in these colleges to run the day
today operations. The colleges teaching science and engineering will come
under Ministry of Science and will not come under NLRO. However, the
excess lands which these colleges have will come under NLRO]
- For the unused land, NLRO will divide the land in plots of appropriate sizes as he seems most profitable rent wise. NLRO will hold auction for each plot. The conditions for auction will be as follows
o The lease will be for 5, 10, 15 , 20 or 25 years as decided by NLRO. The lease shall never be more than 25 years
o The bidders will give bids for monthly rent and bidding period which can be less than maximum lease period. So bids will be in (monthly rent , months lease) format. One person can submit multiple bids. Minimum lease period will be 12 months.
o The weight of the bid will Monthly_Rent / log(Lease_In_Months). i.e. more the rent, higher the weight and longer the lease, lesser the weight.
o The bids will be open
o The NLRO will give the plot as per weight of the bids.
o NLRO will charge 3 months rent as deposit.
- During the lease time, the NLRO will revise the rent every 3 years based on % change in the land prices in the 1sq km area around that plot and % change in interest rate from the day the plot was leased and the day when rent revision occurs.
- After the lease time is over, NLRO will hold a fresh auction, where in existing lease holder will get benefits
o his weight will get multiplied by 1.25 to 1.5 depending on years he has paid rent.
o he may increase his bid within 1 month after auction is over.
o the existing lease holder will get 2 to 6 months new rent when he vacates.
- But if existing lease holder loses the auction, then he can move or sell the fixtures on that land. But he will need to vacate that land.
- If the plot is currently being used and occupied (eg IIMA plot), NLRO will take the mean land price in past 3 years of sale in 1 km area round the plot and decide the price of plot and set yearly rent as (market_price * prime_interest_rate/3) for next 10 years. The rents will be revised every 3 years. After 10 years, an auction as in clause-6 will be conducted.
- The NLRO will give 34% of the rent collected to Defense Minister for the purpose of strengthening Military and providing weapons and weapon-use education to all citizens.
- The NLRO will distribute 33% of the rent collected every month to the citizens born in that State or residing in the State for past 15 years, with maximum limit of twice the National per capita rent given last year.
- The NLRO will distribute the rest 33% the rent collected every month to the citizens of India
- The share will be zero for those below age of 7 years, 1/4th to those below 14 years, half for those below 18 and same afterwards.
- One year after this law-draft is passed, the rent a person obtains
o will increase by 33% if he has no kids
o will increase by 33% if he has only 1 daughter
o will remain at par if he has (1 son) or (1 daughter, 1 son) or (2 daughters)
o will decrease by 33% if he has more than (2 daughters, 1 son) or (1 daughter, 1 son) or (2 sons) or (3 daughters) and in which youngest kid is born 1 year after the law-draft is passed
o will decrease by 66% if he has more than (3 daughters, 1 son) or (2 daughters, 2 sons) or (1 daughter, 2 sons) or (3 sons) or (4 daughters) and in which youngest kids is born 1 year after the law-draft is passed
- The rent paid will be 33% higher for men above 60 and women above 55 ; and will be 66% higher for men above 75 and women above 70.
5.4 Dispatching mineral royalties
As of now, the mine plots are auctioned to the one who gives highest royalties. The same procedure will continue but may get modified later to improve the bids. But the one change MRCM Group demands and promises is that mine royalties and crude oil royalties will go to commons and Military directly.
5.5 MRCM draft at State Level
All plots under State Govt not used by Police, Courts, Military, Prison, Govt Schools, Govt Hospitals , State Transport bus stations and plots specifically exempted by law-draft shall be up for rent collection. The State Land Allocation Officer shall collect the rents and give 34% to Military, 33% to citizens of India. Whether the land is under State or Center, the rent is divided in the same fashion.
5.6 How much is land rent?
The Govt of India, Central and States, have 10000s of plots with huge marker value. Here is a small example
|Plot Name||Area||Price persq meter||Plot’s marketvalue|
|IIM Ahmedabad||100 acres||Rs 40,000||Rs 1,400 crores|
|IIM Lukhnow||200 acres||Rs 20,000||Rs 1,600 crores|
|IIM Lucknow (Noida)||10 acres||Rs 50,000||Rs 200 crores|
|IIM Kolkata||135 acres||Rs 20,000||Rs 1,000 crores|
|IIM Indore||190 acres||Rs 15,000||Rs 500 crores|
|JNU||1000 acres||Rs 40,000||Rs 16,000 crores|
|Gujarat Vidyapeeth||25 acres||Rs 40,000||Rs 400 crores|
|Gujarat University||250 acres||Rs 35,000||Rs 3,500 crores|
|TOTAL||Rs 27,000 crores|
(Please note that above land prices too less compared to real market price as on May-2009. The prices in Apr-2012 were at least 2.5 times of above)
So what shall be the rent if these plots are given out to builders? Rent of the nine plots at 3% of market value of plot = Rs 27,000 cr * 3/100 = Rs 810 cr a year = over Rs 7 per citizen per year. Now these plots are no where as valuable as many other prime plots such as Mumbai Airport, Ahmedabad Airport, Bangalore Airport etc. Here are more examples
|Plot Name||Area||Price persq meter||Approx marketvalue|
|Ahmedabad Airport||1850 acres||Rs 40,000||Rs 29,600 crores|
|Mumbai Airport||1100 acres||Rs 100,000||Rs 44,600 crores|
|Delhi Airport||5000 acres||Rs 100,000||Rs 200,000 crores|
|Banglr. Airport (new)||4050 acres||Rs 10,000||Rs 32,400 crores|
|Banglr. Airport (old)||1000 acres||Rs 100,000||Rs 40,000 crores|
|Calcutta Airport||1500 acres||Rs 30,000||Rs 18,000 crores|
|Chennai Airport||4800 acres||Rs 40,000||Rs 76,800 crores|
|TOTAL||Rs 440,800 crores|
(Please note that above land prices too less compared to real market price as on May-2009. The prices in Apr-2011 were at least twice)
So what shall be the rent if these plots are given out to builders? Rent of these airport plots at 3% of market value of plot = Rs 440,800 cr * 3/100 = Rs 13,224 cr year = Rs 120 per citizen per year !!
The Govt has about 50000 plots by one estimate. Even if rent from each plot is as small as 20 paise per person per year on an average, the rent exceeds Rs 12000 per person per year. Either we commons will get this rent or land prices will drastically decrease (latter is what will actually happen) which will enable us commons to buy homes at lesser % of our incomes and start businesses.
5.7 How much is spectrum royalties?
The lease cost of 3 spectrums – 2G, 3G and S-band was over Rs 200,000 crores for 20 years. If the spectrum is not leased for 20 years but rented, and rent is taken year-wise, then assuming 6% interest, EYI (equated yearly installment) would be over Rs 15,000 crore or Rs 120 per citizen per year (not per month). Now there are just three spectrums — all spectrums added may give about twice the yearly rent.
5.8 How much is mineral royalties?
The mineral royalties estimation is possible, but varies as the selling prices fluctuate. Here is an estimation based on Jun-2008 prices. The estimation uses following method, which are borne from laws I am proposing. As per laws I am proposing, the mines and oil wells will be leased using competitive bidding. So the charge miners would charge will be rock bottom low and will depend on prevailing labor wages in India and cost of equipment. Now in the laws I am proposing the Govt would charge international selling price from the buyers. The difference would be royalty of which 67% will go to citizens directly and 33% would go to the Military. Following is my estimate of crude oil royalty based on Jun-2008 prices
Oil international price = US$140 per barrel
Extraction price in India = below $25 per barrel including all costs.
(As on Jun-2008 oil companies charge $55 per barrel and make huge profits which becomes loss due to buying oil at $150 from international market. $25 is price Indian oil companies were charging in early 2000s to Indian refineries. To that add the fact that Indian oil companies are hugely over staffed and over pay their employees. eg clerk in ONGC gets about Rs 20000 including all perks and expenses while clerk in private gets Rs 8000 or so. This expenses can be decreased).
Production in India = 660,000 barrels per day
= 660,000 * 365 barrels per year
= 24,09,00,000 barrels per year
= 24 crore barrels per year
Population = 110 cr
Per capita Production in India = 0.22 barrels per Indian per year
Profit per barrel = US$ 115
Total profit in dollars = 0.22 * 115 = $25 dollars per Indian
Dollar price rate = Rs 45 per dollar
So profits in rupees = $25 * 45 = Rs 875 per common per year
If crude oil prices drop to US$ 70 per barrel, then profits will reduce to about Rs 250 per citizen per year.
production = 123 million tonne
= 12.3 cr tonne
= 0.11 ton per Indian citizen
price = 150 dollars per tonne = Rs 7600 per tonne
mining cost = Rs 300 per tonne
Profit per tonne = Rs 7200
Profits per common = 0.11 * Rs 7200 = Rs 730 per year
IOW, if crude oil is given to refineries at International price, and profits are dispatched to every Indian, every Indian will get Rs 875 a year. This will decrease as oil prices decreases and will increase if oil price increases. This was just crude oil. The royalties that come from coal, natural gas, granite, marble, kota stone, copper, alumina, iron ore and waters also form sizeable amounts. Once citizens know that they are getting mines’ royalties, they will curb the mine mafias and this will enable honest people to enter the mining business and thus royalties will increase by several folds. As per my guesses and estimates, the mine royalties will exceed Rs 4000 to Rs 6000 per person per year
So mine royalties and land rents will add to about Rs 18000 per person per year. Of this 33% will go to Military. So the citizens will get about Rs 12000 per person per year. This money is not dole, it is money from the plots and minerals we citizens own. The money is not coming from any tax. There is no “tax the rich, feed the poor” proposal. It is simply about minerals and plots that we citizens own.
The MRCM draft is the mother of all changes. We are proposing other changes only to bring this change and to ensure the change stays after bringing it. As of today, land rent and creation of new M3 are the principal two reasons why we commons are poor. The forth demand shall reduce us commons’ poverty.
5.9 Effect of land rent collection
Once the land rent act is enacted, one of the two things will happen —
1. either we commons will gain say Rs 500 to Rs 1000 per person per month of land rent OR
2. the price of land will fall, as renting makes hoarding very expensive
The latter is more likely. Now if price of land falls, then housing price and thus rents will fall, which will improve quality of the lives of us commons. Many of us commons who live in slums will be able to move to say 1BHK flats. And if price of land falls, number of businesses will rise (since as real estate cost drops, it becomes easy for craftsmen to start their business), and we commons will have far more jobs and better salaries. Higher industrialization would increase the mineral prices, and so the mines’ royalties will increase. So in any case, the proposal of land rent from IIMA plot, other IIM plots, JNU plot and 10000s of plots and mines we commons own is bound to benefit us commons by a substantial amount.
So land rent and mine royalties proposal will create incomes, reduce poverty, improve land and houses availability to the poor and middle class. Thus it will increase purchasing powers of the poor and middle class. The increase in purchasing powers will increase demands and thus increase industries and which will increase employment and skills. And it shall also strengthen our Military.
5.10 Effect of not collecting land rent
The effect of not collecting is plain injustice, exploitation of poor via rich and unfair increase in economic equality. eg Consider airport plots. Consider Delhi Airport. It serves 2 cr passengers a year. It has rent value of Rs 6000 cr per year. i.e. Rs 6000/2 = Rs 3000 per passenger. Consider an eliteman who used the Delhi airport 20 times in a year. But by not charging him land rent of Rs 3000 per flight, his richness increased by Rs 600,000. And every common of India lost Rs 60 per year as he did not get any land rent from the Delhi Airport plot he owns. This only increases the wealth/income gap by unfair means of rent denial.
Will the rent collection over-burden the passenger? Once MRCM and wealth-tax comes, the land price will decrease and so land rent will decrease. Plus, the airport officers are wasting away huge plots. Once MRCM comes, the airport officers will rent the plots for hotel, houses, offices etc on temporary basis. So final charge on passenger will not be Rs 3000, it will be way below Rs 500. And yes, it will increase burden on the passenger and this is because he is using that plot that we commons own.
5.11 Right to Recall NLRO
The rent is to be collected and dispatched by officer titled as National Land Rent Officer (NLRO). The rents will be determined by standard calculations based on market prices and interest rates, so NLRO does not have discretionary powers there. But he does have some discretionary powers in deciding plot sizes and plot boundaries. So he can favor elitemen by making plots unnecessarily too large and in return he can collect bribes from elitemen. So what would stop NLRO from siphoning whole or part of the rent into his pocket? Well, the proposed MRCM-draft has clauses which shall enable us commons to expel/replace NLRO. These replacement system aka Right to Recall is the key that shall enable us commons to find an NLRO who believes in dispatching rents to us commons.
5.12 Complete draft of proposed MRCM Gazette Notification
|#||Procedurefor||Procedure / instruction|
|.||Section-1 : Registering citizens Approvals for NLRO candidates|
|1.1||–||The word citizen would mean a registered voterThis GN will become effective only after over 37 cr citizens have registered YES on it.|
|1.2||PM||PM would appoint an IAS officer as NLRO (National Land Rent Officer) .|
|1.3||CS (Cabinet Secretary)||If any citizen wishes to be NLRO, he may appear in person or place affidavit before CS. The CS is hereby ordered to accept his candidacy for NLRO after taking fee same as deposit amount for MP election. CS will issue him a serial number.|
|1.4||CS||The CS may assign above task to any class-1 officer.|
|1.5||Talati||A citizen can come in person to Talati’s office, pay Rs 3 fee and approves at most five persons for NLRO position. The Talati will enter his approvals in the computer and issue him a receipt with his voter-id#, date/time and the persons he approved.|
|1.4||Talati||The Talati will put the preferences of the citizen on Govt website as decided by the CS or Collector with citizen’s voter-ID number and his preferences.|
|1.5||Talati||If a citizen comes to cancel his Approvals, the Talati will cancel one of more of his approvals without any fee.|
|1.6||CS||On every Monday, CS may publish approval counts for each candidate.|
|.||Setion-2 : Replacement of NLRO|
|2.1||PM||The word citizen would mean a registered voter of India|
|2.2||PM||If a candidate gets approval of over 50% of ALL registered citizen-voters (ALL, not just those who have filed their approval) in a district, then PM may expel the existing NLRO and appoint the person with highest approval count as NLRO.|
|2.3||PM||If the person on the seat has come by approvals, and the person with highest approval must have 2% more approvals than existing one, then and then only the PM will appoint the person with highest approvals for that position.|
|2.4||PM||If the person’s approval is below 33%, then PM may or needed not replace him with his appointee. But as long as approval is above 33% , PM need not replace him with his appointee. Discretion of PM will be final.|
|.||Setion-3 : Ownership of plots under GoI|
|3.1||Supreme Court judges , High Court judges, PM, all citizens||The Citizens of India hereby decide and declare the plot of IIMA, plots of all IIMs and the plot of JNU as the property jointly and equally owned by the Citizens of India. These plots are NOT property of the State or the State of India or the Union of India or any other private/GoI party, but these plots are property of the Citizens of India. Further, all the plots of all UGC funded universities and colleges not owned by private companies or trusts are declared as the property of the citizens of India. All the officers and judges of India, including the PM, all the High Court judges and all the Supreme Court judges, are hereby requested NOT to admit any plea that opposes this decision and verdict of the Citizens of India.|
|3.2||SCjs, HCjs, PM, All citizens||All plots under following Ministries/Dept will come under NLRO 😮 IIMs, all UGC funded colleges and universities except those teaching science and engineeringo Airports, all buildings owned by Air India and Indian Airlineso Ministry of Tourism and Culture
o Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
o Ministry Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution
o Ministry of Human Resource Development
o Ministry of Information Technology
o Ministry of Rural Development
o Ministry of Small Scale Industries & Agro and Rural Industries
o Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
o Ministry of Textiles
o Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation
o Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
o National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
o Planning Commission
NLRO will have NO jurisdiction over land plots owned by private persons or companies or trusts or land plots owned by State Govt or Cities or Districts. He will have no jurisdiction on plots used by Military , Courts, Prisons, Railways, Bus Stations, Govt Schools till class XII and tax collection offices.
|3.3||PM, All officers||All IITs, NITs and IISc shall be made part of DRDO, and the DRDO director shall be the Chief Officer of these colleges or shall appoint Deputy Chief Officers in these colleges to run the day today operations. The other colleges teaching science and engineering will come under Ministry of Science and will not come under NLRO.|
|.||Setion-4 : Collection of rents from GoI owned plots|
|4.1||NLRO||For the unused land, NLRO will divide the land in plots of appropriate sizes as he seems most profitable. NLRO will hold auction for each plot. The conditions for auction will beo The lease will be for 5, 10, 15 , 20 or 25 years as decided by NLRO. The lease cannot be more than 25 years.o The bidders will give bids for monthly rent and bidding period which can be less than maximum lease period. So bids will be in (monthly rent , months lease) format. One person can submit multiple bids. Minimum lease period will be 12 months.o The weight of the bid will Monthly_Rent / log(Lease_In_Months). i.e. more the rent, higher the weight and longer the lease, lesser the weight.
o The bids will be open
o The NLRO will give the plot as per weight of the bids.
o NLRO will charge 6 months rent or collateral as deposit.
o the tenant will be free to evacuate land any day and stop paying any rent
|4.2||NLRO||During the lease time, NLRO will revise the rent every 3 years based on % change in the land prices in the 1sq km area around that plot and % change in prime lending interest rate from the day the plot was leased and the day when rent revision occurs.|
|4.3||NLRO||After the lease time is over, NLRO will hold a fresh auction, where in existing lease holder will get benefitso his weight will get multiplied by 1.1 to 1.5 depending on number of years he has paid rent.o he may increase his bid within 3 months after auction is over.o the existing lease holder will get 20% to 50% the 6 months’ advance rent new lease holder is paying depending on number of months he had held the land.|
|4.4||NLRO||But if existing lease holder loses the auction, then he can move or sell the fixtures on that land. But he will need to vacate that land.|
|4.5||NLRO||If the plot is held by an existing entity, the entity will get 25% plus (25% * lease in months /300), maximum of 50% , bonus in the bid i.e. its bid will be multiplied with 1.25 to 1.50 , but no more.|
|4.6||NLRO||If the plot is currently being used and occupied , NLRO will take the mean land price in past 3 years of sale in 1 km area round the plot and decide the price of plot and set (market_price * prime_interest_rate/3) as yearly rent for next 10 years. The rents will be revised every 3 years. After 10 years, rules stated from clause-1 onwards of this section will apply|
|4.7||NLRO||NLRO will give 34% of rent collected to Defense Minister for the purpose of strengthening Military and providing weapons and weapon-use education to all citizens+.|
|4.8||NLRO||1. NLRO will dispatch 33% of the rent collected every month to the citizens residing in the State for past 10 years with limit of twice the amount received by citizens of India in last year.2. NLRO will dispatch rest of rent collected every month to citizens of India.|
|4.9||NLRO||One year after this law-draft is passed, the rent a person obtains will change as follows 😮 if has (0 sons), (0 son, 1 daughter), (0 sons, 2 daughters) , it will be 33% more and will be 66% more after he is 60 yearso if he has (1 son, 0 daughter), (1 son, 1 daughter), (1 sons, 2 daughters), it will be 15% more and will be 33% more after he is 60 yearso if he has (2 sons, 0 daughter), (2 sons, 1 daughter), it will be same – no increase and no decrease
o if he has (2 sons, 2 daughters) or (3 sons , 1 daughter) , the rent will be 33% less
o if he has more children than above mentioned cases, then he will get 66% less rent
Here, twins will count as one child, and adopted children will not count.
|4.7||NLRO||The rent paid will be 33% higher for men above 60 and women above 55 ; and will be 66% higher for men above 75 and women above 70.|
|4.8||NLRO||No rent shall be paid to child below 7 years ; the rent to citizens between 7 to 14 will be 1/rd the normal and between 14 and 18 will be 2/3rd of the normal rent paid. . The rent for children below 14 years will be given to the mother, unless a Jury has instructed NLRO to give it to father or other relative or mother has passed away.Further, if a Jury has found that husband with one or more child is uncaring, then Jury can instruct NLRO to give half the rent to be obtained by the father to the mother. In such case, NLRO will give half the rent to father and other half to the wife.|
|.||Setion-5 : Collection of Mineral Royalties|
|5.1||All Dept Secretaries||All the Department Secretaries who are in-charge of mines or crude oil wells or collecting royalties from mines or crude oil wells are ordered to send the royalties collected to NLRO|
|5.2||NLRO||The NLRO shall divide the royalties amongst Military, the citizens residing in the State and citizens of India in the same ratio as Land Rent described in the Ordinance dealing with distribution of Land Rent|
|.||Setion-6 : Citizens’ voice|
|6.1||District Collector||If any citizen wants a change in this law-draft, he may submit an affidavit at DC’s office and DC or his clerk will post the affidavit on the website of Prime Minister for a fee of Rs 20/- per page.|
|6.2||Talati (or Patwari)||If any citizens want to register his opposition to this law-draft or any section or wants to register YES-NO to any affidavit submitted in above clause, and he comes to Talati’s office with voter-ID and pays Rs 3 fee, Talati will enter YES/NO and give him a receipt. The YES-NO will be posted on the website of the Prime Minister.|
5.13 Please note the last two clauses of the PM-RP law-draft I have proposed
Please note the last two clauses of the draft proposed above. These two clauses are nothing but TCP. Every draft of mine has these two lines repeated. Why this repetition? Symbolic value apart, the repetition has political value. It may happen that an MRCM activist has to confront an anti-MRCM intellectual. Then MRCM activist can challenge him to provide the drafts of the laws he wants, and then ask them to add the lines 6.1 and 6.2. If the adversary opposes the last two lines’ additions, then he can be accused of being anti-common. And if he accepts these two line addition, then effectively his proposed law-draft implements TCP, using which MRCM law-draft can be brought using citizens’ YESes.
The two line addition shows that “demand for TCP” is not just a clone positive concept but something more. The TCP is a law-draft that can be added to any law-draft and, and once that law-draft with TCP clauses is passed, these two TCP clauses can be used to bring all 200 laws I have proposed. IOW, TCP is a touchstone i.e. even if all laws are bad, but if one law-draft has two TCP clauses, then all good laws can be enacted. And the two line addition is sufficient to thwart any undemocratic law-draft. Because if an undemocratic law-draft has these two lines, it will get rejected in few days or weeks by citizens.
5.14 Cost of dispatching payments to 120 crore citizens
How easy/difficult it is to dispatch land rent and mineral royalties to 120 cr commons? This task can be done using Universal Banking System (described later) in which every citizen will have exactly one citizen-account in State Bank of India (or a Govt Bank or Post Office) at the branch of his choice. The amount dispatched by NLRO will be added to the citizen’s account and withdrawal can be done at most once a week in denominations of Rs 100/- for free. The account owner will need to bring his passbook with photo and the cheque with signature and thumb print to be put in from of cashier and camera inside the bank. Later, ATM can also be used. With this very restricted procedure a cashier can give out 30 payments per hour or about 200 persons in his 8 hour shift or about 5000 payments in a month. So to deliver one payment a month to 120 cr citizens, the SBI would need 120cr/5000 = about 240,000 cashiers. Further, till a child is of 14 years, the payment will go into mothers’ account and so the number of clerks required will reduce by about 30% to 180,000 clerks. IOW, using about 180,000 cashiers India wide , some 10000 supervisors and 10000 other staff, it is possible to dispatch 120cr payments every month. And as ATM become more widespread, the number of clerks needed will further reduce and number of cash-outs per month can be increased to 3 per month.
To decrease impostering, the persons in a locality may form a group of at least 10 person and maximum of 20 persons to be referred as “group of reciprocal witnesses”. If the person is member of group of 10, then restriction is that at least 5 persons in that group must accompany him when he goes for withdrawal. In general, all ten will go for withdrawal on the same day and same time. If the person is part of such group, everyone in group will get the amount at together and thumb prints of five mutual witnesses will be taken on the payment receipt.
One argument I get against MRCM is that managing a network of 200,000 clerks will be impossible and so instead the money should be spent in education, health etc. Well, to teach 25 cr kids between age of 5 and 17, we would one teacher per 100 students at least i.e. 25 lakh teachers. The floor space needed in schools needed will be at least about 1 sqm per student i.e. 25 cr sqm of floor space. To serve 100 cr citizens in Hospitals, we would need at least one doctor per 2000 citizens i.e.500,000 doctors and about 10,00,000 nurses. In addition, we would require 1000s of buildings for hospitals. IOW, providing education to 25 cr students and health to 100 cr citizens requires 20-100 times more staff than staff to dispatch 100 cr rent payments. So while I do support education, health etc. I see no need to cancel the “rent dispatch” scheme on the grounds of “number of clerks” needed. The number of clerks needed to 100 cr payments every month dispatch payments is no more than 200,000 and is far less than alternative schemes.
5.15 Wont this decrease Govt income? NO. Govt income will increase.
If all mineral royalties go to citizens, wont Government fall short of funding?
First, as per my proposal, the 33% of mineral royalties do go to Government (Military), which can be seen as 33% income tax on every common and his income from mineral royalties and land rent. Now this 33% will INCREASE after 67% goes to citizens. How?
Consider mineral royalties today. Today, for a granite block that is worth Rs 100 in market, whose extraction and transportation cost is below Rs 10, Govt gets royalties of Rs 5 or even less. Why are the bids so low? Because the local mining contractors hire criminals to ensure that more miners cannot come and bid in the Collectors’ offices to submit the bids. But the criminals are able to operate ONLY because they have support of MLAs, MPs, Ministers, CMs, PM, IPS, IAS and relative lawyers of the judges. IOW today, using criminals, MLAs, MPs, Ministers, CMs, PM, IPS, IAS and relative lawyers of the judges ensure that lions’ share of deemed royalties come into their hands via the mine contractors and criminals they bless. Now today, I activists were to tell commons that commons should fight against these Ministers, IPS, IAS and judges’ relative lawyers, then two key questions arise –
1. how can a common fight? and
2. why should a common risk his lives or spend time to do so?
The name MRCM-Recall answers both these key questions. MRCM answers the second question : if mineral royalties are going to citizens then the citizens have reason to ensure that criminals who stop good mining contractors getting killed or imprisoned. And the Recall answers the first question : using Right to Recall over Policemen, judges, CM etc the citizens can ensure that police chiefs, judges, Ministers who promote criminals are replaced ASAP by individuals who are pro-common. So “MRCM-Recall” will increase the mineral royalties to several fold, and that will also increase the royalties that Military gets. Thus, the sum total of govt income from minerals will increase from MRCM, NOT decrease.
In the same way, consider the issue of Govt plots. Today, PM, CMs give away a large number of GoI plots for a price fraction of market price. The Right to Recall CMs, RTR-PM provides means by which citizens can stop this. And MRCM i.e. giving land rent to commons and Military gives a reason to citizens to stop this. Every time, a CM, PM rents out the land for rent below market value, the citizens will feel a loss, and when the loss exceeds some tolerance amount, they will spend Rs 3 file for an approval and replace him. Or better, fear of replacement and subsequent punishments will put a check on CMs, PM while doling away lands for bribes. So the net rents will increase and so the 1/3rd of the rent that goes to the Govt (Military) will also increase.
So MRCM-Recall proposals increase the net Govt incomes from minerals and land rent – they do not decrease it. It also increases the incomes of the commons. Then who loses? The criminals and mine contractors will be small losers — the real losers will be IPS, IAS, Ministers, CMs, PM, super elitemen who own huge mine, relative lawyers of judges etc. And those who oppose MRCM-Recall proposals, are only benefiting the criminals, mineral ore contractors, IAS, IPS, relatives of judges, super elitemen who own huge mines etc and no own else. Many intellectuals are on their payrolls and so vigorously oppose MRCM-Recall proposals to serve their interests.
5.16 West has no such MRCM law-draft. Why do we need it?
I have been campaigning for the procedures by which we commons can get mineral royalties and plot rents. All the eminent intellectuals have opposed this demand and tried tooth and nail to show that it is unconstitutional, bad economics etc. Having failed, they say “West does not have this procedures to give Royalties to commons and so why should we have this procedures?”
Well, US has income tax of 40% to 50% with low evasion and few exemptions. US also has about 1% wealth tax on lands. And US has 45% of inheritance tax upon death. The taxes are used for welfare schemes and benefits do reach commons, as Jury System has ensured low corruption. The Indian intellectuals opposed wealth tax, high income tax and are against inheritance tax and so funds allocated to welfare is next to nothing. And Indian intellectuals also killed Jury System in 1956, and so corruption runs amok and funds get siphoned out. I have proposed 30% income tax, 2% wealth tax and 30% inheritance tax to improve Military Industrial Complex, engineering education and general education needed to manufacture weapons. And I have also proposed Jury System to reduce corruption so that delivery improves and poverty reduces. But this method of reducing poverty and poverty deaths will take years. Whereas giving mineral royalties to us commons directly, reducing poverty and poverty deaths is possible within mere 4 months.
5.17 MRCM draft and human rights
About 1 cr persons die every year in India — well death is natural. But if they had Rs 100 per month more food and medicine, at least 5-20 lakhs of the 1 cr who died last year could have lived 2-10 years longer. Some 55 out of 1000 children born last year in India died, where as this number was 23 in China and 5 in Cuba. The number 55 per 1000 translates into 11 lakhs in year 2007. So out of these 11 lakh infants who died in 2007 in India, at least 5 lakhs could have been saved if their families had a few hundred rupees a year extra to spend on food and medicine.
IOW, as of now in India, poverty is the biggest killer and biggest violator of human rights. One economists once said that a bomb death gets more attention than 10000 hunger deaths. That is mainly because newspapers are written by 0.01% of Indians and only top 15% population in India reads them. A bomb may hurt them but hunger is too remote for them. Which is why intellectuals, NGOs and media-owners and media-readers insist on focusing on individuals cases and insist on defocusing poverty, poverty deaths.
MRCM draft is the most landmark demand in human rights, as this reduces the number of deaths that occur due to lack of money to buy food and medicines. Sadly, all intellectuals have opposed this demands and IMO, activists should shun these eminent intellectuals for good.
5.18 Land rent and comparison with Communism
Many equate the MRCM proposal to give mineral royalties and land rent from GoI plots to commons with Communism. The MRCM proposal has nothing to do with Communism. Following are the differences
|1||I first proposed MRCM per-se in oct-1998, but the proposal that land rent from private as well as Govt plot should be collected and divided amongst all citizens was given by Thomas Paine in 1790, some 28 years before Marx was born||Marx was born in 1818, and words such as Marxism , Scientific Communism etc came into existence into 1850s|
|2||MRCM confines to Govt owned plots and minerals, and has nothing to do with ownership of factories. In fact, MRCM encourages private ownership of factories so that bid amounts for plots and minerals increases||In Communism Govt owns all factories.|
|3||MRCM is a coded proposal||Communism is a vague concept and has dozens of meanings, and none has procedure code attached to implement it.|
|4||In MRCM , rent directly goes to citizens.||In Communism, the land is given to a Govt unit rent is not collected at all. Or, sometimes, land is given to private body, and then rent is collected, but money is spent as per discretion of Ministers, officers, judges. It is not given to citizens directly.|
Suffices to say that there is no similarity between MRCM and communism.
5.19 Ethical arguments wrt MRCM
I explain ethical issues wrt MRCM as follows : Consider a pond where 1 crore liters of rain water falls every year and there are 100 persons in the village. I will ask you a question, and please read further ONLY after answering this question : Who should , as per YOUR ethics and economics principles, get how many liters of water?
If you are hell bent on not answering this question, I will firmly tell you that there is NO way I can explain you why I demand MRCM, and you are anyway free to oppose MRCM. I will repeat the question. A village with population of 100 ha a pond which gets 1 crore liter of water per year via rain. Then who amongst these 100 as per your ethics and economics principles should get how many liters of water?
Some 2500 years ago, Plato told me that in ethics and politics, one must answer the question he asks or else he should shut up for ever and never ask any questions. So I will answer the question I am asking you to answer : each person should get same i.e. 100,000 liters of water. No matter how much land he owns, no matter how much water he needs, no matter how intelligent he is or how foolish he is, no matter whether he is alcoholic or drug addict or not — each person should get 100,000 liters — not a liter less not a liter more.
Every eminent economist in the world opposes my proposal. As per some self-certified socialists economists, water should be allocated by Neta, babu, judges as per best social and economic needs as decided by Neta, babu, judges. Some self certified rightists will say that Govt should sell the whole pond to some private company and let that private company sell the water. And there are people who also insist that water should be given to people in the ratio of lands they own. And there are 100s of other answers. I request you to spell out the procedure you will use to decide who should get how many liters of water.
Why I propose\demand 100,000 liters equal for all? Since no one does any labor to fill the pond, no one has more right than others and thus all have equal rights and thus all should get 100,000 liters per year. Whether the person has land or not, whether he is intelligent or not and whether he is alcoholic or not — all did equal labor i.e. zero labor to fill the pond. And so all should have equal rights. And by same logic, each citizen has equal rights over royalties coming from coal, crude oil, iron ore, marble, bandwidth etc.
The ethics over distributing land rent on Govt plot is as follows
1. Say a person owns a plot/flat. Then who should get rent coming from that plot/flat? Obviously the owner.
2. Say the plot/flat belongs to 10 persons, then who should get the rent? Obviously, all 10 in the ratio of their ownership.
3. Say the plot/flat belongs to some large company like Reliance with say 3 crore shareholders. Then who should get the rent from that plot/flat? Obviously, all 3 crore shareholder in the ratio of their ownerships.
4. Now consider plot of Delhi Airport. It belongs to 120 crore commons of India. And so the land rent should come to all of us 120 crore commons.
Now are citizens owner of the Delhi Airport plot or is Govt of India owner of that plot? I don’t want to argue this question. If someone walks into your home and tells you that your home doesn’t belong to you, then IMO, you will offer insults and not arguments. Same way, I claim that all non-private plots in India are property of us 120 cr commons of India, and if anyone differs, I have only insults for him. If someone says that the plot of Delhi Airport does not belong to citizens of India, and belongs to Govt of India, I have only insults, no arguments, for him.
But to keep courts out of it, I propose that citizens should force MPs to add a line in Constitution which declares citizens as joint owners of all non-private plots. Once this line is added in Constitution, the debate will formally end. Of course this line is not needed right away. Once Right to Recall Honorable Supreme Court judges comes, the Honorable Supreme Court judges will willingly rule that all plots owned by Govt are property of us commons. So adding a line in Constitution will be simply respecting the wish and will of the Honorable Supreme Court judges.
5.20 Shouldn’t the money be used for infrastructure , education etc?
(Understanding this section requires information on RTR-PM-draft explained in section-6.6. So I request reader to re-read this again after reading chap-6)
I have come across alternatives to MRCM-draft-proposal, which says that money obtained from land rent and mineral royalties should be used for education, infrastructure etc and not directly give to us commons. This section is to rebut these proposals.
First, in MRCM citizens gets 66%, and rest 34% goes to Govt. 34% is same as highest marginal income tax rate in India as in july-2012. So it is not that entire money is going to citizens. Also, the % may increase or decrease from 34% depending on Military’s needs which will depend on possibility of war with enemies such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Saudi Arabia, UK and USA. Nevertheless, the alternative which involves “give 0% to citizens and spend 66% on education, health, infrastructure etc” needs to be rebutted.
The first rebuttal is procedural. I would request reader to note that my demand is NOT that “MRCM-draft should be printed in Gazette” but my demand is “TCP draft should be printed in Gazette and then using TCP draft, activists may gather public opinion on MRCM-draft, and PM’s decision will be final.” So adversary will be very much welcome to put his alternative proposal of not giving rent from Govt plots directly to citizens, but using that money for education and infrastructure. The citizens may decide whether to file YES or which one, or none. And finally, PM will decide which draft will go on Gazette. There is level field – pro-MRCM and anti-MRCM people both are at same distance from citizens and PM. So summary of this rebuttal — let TCP come, and then citizens and/or PM will decide the fate of MRCM and its alternatives.
The second rebuttal is based on real life scenario. Say I take flat at rent from you. And when you come and ask for rent, say I reply “I wont pay any cash rent, because if I pay you cash, you may blow away cash in liquor etc. So instead of giving you rent as cash, I will give you health care, education, improve infrastructure in your society etc etc”. I don’t think you would like me as a tenant. The issue is discretion as well as lack of trust. If I decide what is good for you, even if I am honest, you may not like my decisions. And if I an dishonest, I will siphon out all rent money and you will end up with no cash or no facility. So do citizens of India have faith in Govt (i.e. Ministers, IAS, IPS and judges) of today i.e. Jul-2012. Just as you want cash rent for your flat or plot and not rent in kind, same way we 120 crore commons also want cash rent (minus 35% to run Military) for the plots we own.
The third rebuttal is that as follows. Consider case-I where 66% money is going to citizens and 34% to Govt and consider case-II where all 100% money goes to citizens and none to citizens. Then in case-I, Govt will get more money !!! Why? Because in second case, the Ministers\IAS\IPS\judges and elitemen will siphon out all money into their pocket, and citizens have no reason or means to stop. The only way citizens can stop such siphoning out is by making PM print RTR-drafts in the Gazette over Ministers\IAS\IPS etc. But if RTR comes, then MRCM will come next day. So a scenario in which citizens get 0% rent from Govt plots is possible only if there is no RTR over Ministers\IAS\IPS. And in that scenario, the Ministers\IPS\IAS and elitemen will devour all land rent from GoI plots and all mineral\spectrum royalties and leave nothing for infrastructure, health , education etc. So we have two stable scenario – (RTR + MRCM) and (no RTR, no MRCM). The scenarios (no RTR, MRCM ) is not stable, because in absence of RTR, the Ministers/IAS/IPS will try to remove MRCM-draft from Gazette and MRCM strengthens citizens and weakens Ministers/IAS/IPS/elitemen and so citizens will try to get RTR-drafts printed in Gazette. The bitter striggle will go on till one succeeds. If we commons succeed then there will be regime with (RTR, MRCM) drafts in Gazette. And if elitemen succeeds, then regime will be (no RTR, no MRCM). Likewise, (RTR, no MRCM) is also not stable. Because if there is RTR, citizens can easily force PM to print RTR in the Gazette.
So consider the two stable scenarios – (RTR, MRCM) and (no RTR, no MRCM). In second scenario, the Ministers\IAS\IPS\judges and elitemen will siphon out over 95% mineral royalties, spectrum royalties, land rent etc and Govt will get not even 5%. Whereas in first case, due to RTR, Govt officers etc will fail to siphon out even 1%, and Govt will get 35%. So Govt revenue will be higher in first case.
5.21 Don’t give cash to citizens, as they will blow away cash on alcohol
One of the pet argument of all 80G-activists is that cash must not be given to citizens because citizens will blow away cash on alcohol and so instead of cash, money should be spent on education, health, roads etc.
In the scenario of (no RTR, no MRCM), much of the money will go in the hands of mining-mafia, elitemen and Ministers\IAS\IPS\judges and elitemen and they too will blow it away on liquor. Because though mining mafia, elitemen, Ministers, IAS, IPS and judges are smaller in number, they drink far more expensive liquor like champagne, whiskey etc. So in (RTR, MRCM) scenario, lesser money gets blown away on liquor than in (no RTR, no MRCM) scenario.
Now my rebuttals to argument that “citizens may blow away money on liquor is —
1. yes, some x% of citizens will certainly blow away some or most of royalty money they get on liquor. But then, what % of citizens are chronic alcohol addict? Less than 10% in males and less than 5% in females. To be specific, say each of the 120 cr citizens is getting Rs 400 per month on an average i.e. Rs 48,000 crores per month or about Rs 576,000 crores per year. How many crores will get spent away on liquor?
2. Further, in MRCM, the money goes to each family member, it is not that money of family is allocated to head of the family.
3. Further, the money meant for children below age of 14 years goes to mother and females are less prone to addiction. Also, (see clause-4.8 of MRCM-draft given in section-5.12), if a father is uncaring, a Jury can instruct NLRO to give half the rent to the mother.
4. once tax on liquor becomes just enough to meet Govt expenses to meet liquor-borne diseases, the price of liquor will drop so low, that only a small fraction of income will go in liquor and rest will remain with him. Ethically speaking, tax on liquor should be just enough to meet the increase in Govt health expenses due to alcoholism. Today, the tax on liquor is way too high because the elitemen have bribed MLAs\MPs not to collect money needed to pay policemen, Govt staff etc using wealth tax, but instead use liquor-tax. And the elitemen also bribe disintellectuals to hide wealth tax and campaign against wealth tax. Once TCP draft gets printed in Gazette, wealth tax will come, and so tax on liquor will reduce to health expenses borne due to alcohol. Thus liquor price will reduce.
5. Further, if citizens decide to remove legal punishments on opium and confine to social punishments, then opium consumption will increase but liquor consumption may further reduce. And opium is so cheap that it will not take away big part of the addict’s income. Now again note, I am NOT saying that “Right to Recall Party when comes into power will de-punish opium consumption”. All I am saying is that “we should campaign for TCP-draft and Jury-draft, and once TCP/Jury drafts get printed in Gazette, the citizens will put their opinions on whether opium consumption should be punished or not”. Now in case citizens de-punish opium consumption, then expenses of liquor may reduce, and so lesser money obtained from MRCM will go on liquor or opium.
So all in all “citizens will spend all money on liquor” is only 10% correct i.e. probably only 10% of money will get wasted away on liquor. And in scenario without MRCM, the money will go to mining mafia, elitemen, Ministers, judges etc and so greater amount will go in expensive liquor like champagne, whiskey etc.
5.22 Summary of comparison on MRCM or non-MRCM scenario
I request the reader to note clearly that of 4 scenarios (no RTR, no MRCM) , (RTR, no MRCM) , (no RTR, MRCM) and (RTR, MRCM) — only 1st and 4th are stable, the 2nd and 3rd are not stable. No amount of tricks or “neetee” will create (RTR, no MRCM) scenario and so IMO, it would be time-wasting to speak about merits of (RTR, no MRCM) scenario. Only comparison between (no RTR, no MRCM) and (RTR, MRCM) scenarios is useful.
Now when (no RTR, no MRCM) and (RTR, MRCM) scenarios are compared along any dimension, (RTR, MRCM) scenario turns out to be far superior along ALL dimension. There is no trade-off to speak.
5.23 What great men said on rents/ownership of plots
Atharvaved says : Aham Rashtrim Vasunam Sangamani i.e. I the nation own the natural resources. Thomas Jefferson, the second President of USA said
“It is a moot question whether the origin of any kind of property is derived from nature at all… It is agreed by those who have seriously considered the subject that no individual has, of natural right, a separate property in an acre of land, for instance. By an universal law, indeed, whatever, whether fixed or movable, belongs to all men equally and in common is the property for the moment of him who occupies it; but when he relinquishes the occupation, the property goes with it. ….” –Thomas Jefferson to Isaac McPherson, 1813.
The founding father of USA, Thomas Paine, in 1790, in his landmark essay Agrarian Justice said that rents from ALL plots, be private or Govt owned, should be collected and divided amongst citizens !! So ownership of land is something that has been very controversial topic since long and many great men have opined that Govt plots belong to all citizens equally. MRCM is an extension of that idea.
5.24 Stand of other politicians and activist-leaders on MRCM
All MPs in Congress, BJP, CPM, CPI have opposed very concept of MRCM. Even opposition MPs such as Subramanian Swamy have opposed MRCM. And almost all intellectuals oppose MRCM. They insist that mineral royalties not be given to citizens, but should be used in schemes like education, health etc. These politicians and intellectuals oppose TCP because these politicians themselves own mineral mines or they get huge bribes from miners. Many of the miners are MNC-owners. These MNC-owners and other Indian miners give huge payments to TV-channel-owners on regular basis. So these MPs know that if they support MRCM, they will lose media coverage, and so they have all opposed MRCM.
The activist leader such as The Anna and Chhote Anne have all also opposed MRCM. They oppose MRCM because they heavily depend on MNC-owners and Indian miners for media coverage. The MNC-owners and Indian miners are paying TV-channel-owners to cover them. And they all know that they will lose media coverage if they were to support MRCM, and so The Anna and Chhote Anne have all opposed MRCM.
All in all, all MPs, MLAs, intellectuals and activist leaders oppose MRCM because they rightly fear that elitemen and Missionaries will stop supporting them if they were to support MRCM.
5.25 How can YOU help in bringing MRCM draft in India’s Gazette?
Please read chap-13 of this book http://rahulmehta.com/301.htm . It has several steps where-in you can spend 6 hours a week and help to bring TCP drafts in Gazette in India. The steps involve distributing pamphlets, informing citizens on motives of leaders such Congress MPs, BJP MPs, The Anna etc who oppose MRCM, giving newspaper ads, contesting elections on RTR, MRCM, TCP etc. Once TCP gets printed in Gazette, MRCM will get printed in 1-2 months.
5.26 Why I propose first mass-movement on TCP-draft, and not on MRCM-draft?
I propose printing MRCM-draft after printing TCP-draft, and I am not in favor of mass-movement for MRCM-draft. Why?
Because if activists initiate mass-movement on MRCM-draft, then MPs and intellectuals who oppose MRCM will get opportunity to debate upon every clause of MRCM and make 10s of petty good-looking but useless variations such (i)only poor should get royalty and not rich, so that poor get more royalty (ii)citizens should get 100% and not 66% (iii)citizens should not get direct cash because they will blow away cash on liquor etc and instead get services like education, health etc. … and many more. Once TCP gets printed in Gazette, each suggestion can be refuted by “yes, pls submit affidavit demanding that change” and given the useless of these suggestions, all the suggestions will fall flat. But in absence of TCP, given that opponents of MRCM have more money to pay mediamen and activist leaders, they will prevail with their useless suggestions in media and activism. But it is difficult for them to oppose TCP, because anyone who oppose TCP can be called as someone who wants to suppresses the voice of dalits, women, commons etc and can be made to bad look. And so it is easier ask activists to ask their activist-leaders to support TCP and if the activist-leader refuses, then expose him before his activists. This way, it decreases the support of corrupt-activist-leaders and increases support for TCP-draft.
Let me re-state. In RTR-movement, one important goal is to convince more and more non-80G-activists to spend time on RTR-drafts. Now non-80G-activists will never go towards leaders of Congress, BJP, CPM etc as they are all already exposed. But they are likely to have become followers of activist-leaders like The Anna etc because these activist-leaders get huge positive coverage from paid-mediamen. The recallists will need to put a proposal before The Anna etc that would The Anna refuses or evades without giving any excuses that his own activists like. If MRCM-draft is put, then activist leader can refuse and evade the proposal by citing “he is changing topic” as excuse, and an excuse that many of his activists will accept. But TCP-clauses are something that can be added to any proposal (like Janlokpal) and non-80G-activists can be convinced to support it, without facing allegation of “topic change”. So it is easier to get activists’ support on TCP-clauses and thus convince him that his activist leader is fake.
So IMO, it will be more time efficient to campaign for (TCP-draft via mass-movement, and MRCM-draft via TCP-draft) proposal amongst activists than campaign for MRCM-draft via mass-movement proposal.
I will discuss this issue of TCP-draft first or MRCM-draft first issue in more detail in chap-13.
5.27 Questions and Exercises
1. How much was crude oil production India in 2008? Assuming cost of production did not change in 2008 from that in 2006, and if $135 per barrel was collected from buyer, how much money would citizens of India get, as per your estimate? And if $50 per barrel was collected from buyer, how much money would citizens of India get, as per your estimate?
2. What is the land area of Mumbai airport? What is the approximate price per square meter? How much would citizens of India get if rent is 3% a year of the market value?
3. What is land area of the largest university in your district? How is approximate price of the plot and rent per citizen of India assuming rent rate of 3% of value a year?
4. Does Indian Budget consider land rent deemed as subsidy?
5. Why do intellectuals of India insist that we commons MUST not get mines’ royalties directly and get it only via schemes?
6. Why do intellectuals of India insist that we commons MUST not get land rents directly and get benefits only via schemes?