Nat’l Interests Compromised at Bali: Swadeshi Jagaran Manch - The New Indian Express

Nat’l Interests Compromised at Bali: Swadeshi Jagaran Manch

Published: 15th December 2013 08:19 AM

Last Updated: 15th December 2013 08:19 AM

The resolution adopted at the national conference of Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM) here on Saturday observed that   the Government of India had compromised the interests of the country’s farmers and poor by agreeing to the trade facilitation agreement at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meet at Bali.

The resolution presented by joint convener  Bhagavathy Prasad Sharma said the government had done so without getting any quid pro quo from the developed countries.

‘’The government is propagating that with this agreement international trade-related hurdles have been removed, as developed countries have agreed not to raise dispute about support for public stockholding of foodgrains for food security exceeding the threshold limit of 10 per cent of the total value of agricultural produce.

However, the government does not tell people that the  the Agreement of Agriculture (AoA) is in relation to support provided for traditional staple food crops in pursuance of public stockholding programmes for food security purposes ‘existing as of the date of this decision’, that is December 6, 2013, provided Govt of India complies with the conditions agreed upon’’ the resolution said.

 From the very beginning of Bali  conference, the Indian delegation led by Commerce Minister Anand Sharma was firm on the demand that this clause is not acceptable to India. On December 5, 2013, Anand Sharma said in a press conference held on the convention premises that food security is non-negotiable for India.

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