Intensification of Cooperative Movementback to top
Gandhiji believed that the solution for the socio-economic problems in the independent India lies in strengthening cooperative movement. He visualized cooperative effort among farmers as well as other segments of the people. The governments in power have given only lip service to the ideal envisaged in the message of the Father of the Nation, with the result cooperative societies are far and few between.
We may revive the cooperative movement by bringing the residents in each locality within the cooperative fold. The different housing societies could be brought under a confederation of societies, which can set up a cooperative store for procuring materials required by the members of the society at wholesale prices, which could be up to 50 per cent of the retail prices in respect of certain articles like vegetables. The premises taken over to run the cooperative stores by the combined might of the members of the society can be manned by housewives, especially of the senior citizens, against an honorarium they will earn. Further, members of the society can earn dividend against the investments they make while raising the fund for running of the society. Members can also produce goods like provisions, snacks etc., in their houses for marketing through the store counter and earn a profit. This will also enable the housewives and senior citizens to use their spare time to make an earning. They can also supervise the store’s functioning
in shifts of shorter duration and thus earn honorarium. Such manpower utilization will help the cooperative society to keep its overhead expenses low. The society can ensure supply of the materials to the members in the van owned by the society by repeated rounds in the locality during the course of the day.
Meeting all the requirements of the residents by their own cooperative societies will keep so many undesirable vendors away from the area, which will contribute to enhanced security and cleanliness of the locality.
Environmental protection and Energy savingback to top
The subject concerning the existence of flora and fauna on the earth requires more attention. GGG can play effective role by using its wide network to inspire people to coordinate their activities to safe the environment from pollution and also to save energy and water, which have become scarce commodities. The sub-committee will seek approval of corporations, municipalities and panchayats for afforestation drive. Planting of fruit-bearing trees will be given priority so as to meet the challenge of food shortage simultaneously. Spare lands could be utilized for growing fruit-bearing trees and vegetables so that the farms presently engaged in traditional cultivation and production of commercial crops need not be disturbed.
All households in cities should develop the habit of maintaining a kitchen garden so as to meet their requirement of vegetables. GGG will make technical guidance available for the enthusiasts and also help in procuring quality seeds, manure etc.
Tech Managementback to top
Political parties and economists compete among themselves in predicting what will be or could be the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of India. They struggle to state that it could be 7 to 8 per cent. This is quite surprising, as such estimates grossly underestimate the capacity of 114 crore people of India. Many of them are capable of at least doubling their output in goods and services provided they are properly motivated and there are takers for their output. Both these can be ensured by closely coordinating with each unit of production of goods and services. GGG offers brief management classes for employees and workers in offices, factories and farms, so that they start producing just the double overnight, given the inputs for the same in time. It will mean the GDP growth will be a much higher figure than the current predictions state.
Legal and RTIback to top
There is apathy to the problems of the general public by the officers of the regulatory agencies, as many officers take the stand that they are helpless to reach the solution because of the magnitude of the problem. Such a stand by a public functionary requires to be approached legally whenever called for. Filing of Public Interest Litigations (PILs) to make the agencies perform in public interest will be taken up by GGG consistently.
The Right To Information (RTI) Act is a good tool for bringing out the skeletons in the cupboard in the offices of government and public undertakings. GGG will identify areas for activities for action under the RTI and will also help the general public to solve their problems through this machinery.
Heavy pendency of work make many of the public officials inefficient and non-sensitive to complaints. GGG will be taking up the matter of efficient administration of each department of the Executive Wing of the Government as well as of the judiciary. GGG will work for disposal of representations, cases and appeals within a day or week after the matter has been taken up for action by the regulatory agencies or for solution by the members of the public. Meeting of heads of departments, including the heads of Tribunals, Chief Justices of High Courts and the Apex Court, is part of this programme.
Primary educationback to top
Many of our tender ones are still missing their formal primary education. They have to be taken care of with utmost attention. Hence, GGG will spread its wings to cast a shadow over all such hapless offspring throughout the length and bread of Mother India.