RCEP: Why did Modi do well by refusing to join RCEP?


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision is both praised and criticized, but is it being understood properly?

RCEP has become the blind elephant in India. Especially because of the behavior of the government and government agencies, it seems that they do not understand the ends of this story.

The story is not easy either. Especially in connection with farming. When will which crop be good, bad? When will the price be received and when will the good crop prove to be a curse instead of a boon?

These questions were already enough to turn the agricultural experts and economists around the country. Now the question is that if things like fruits, vegetables, milk and yogurt start coming from Australia and New Zealand along with cheap goods from China, then what will happen to the farmers, gardeners and animals of India?
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What's new in the market?
The question is very good. But take a walk in the markets around you. Watermelons in Australia, California apples and New Zealand kiwis, grapes and oranges are full. Thailand also has dragon fruit, banana and guava. If all these are in the market then what is new?

Take a look at the list of things to be imported under the Open General License, everything will be known. Actually, there is no list now. There is a negative list in which things are either banned or separate permission is required for them. The rest of the import is open.
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See the condition of the farmers on the other side. The price of onion is reaching around a hundred rupees a kilo. Who among you is a person who only eats onion vegetables, or cannot live without onions?

On the other hand, see that in a year or two, only one such occasion comes when the farmer wakes up to the hope of getting a very good price for this produce. But as soon as this happens, the government starts worrying about inflation and it decides the minimum export price of MEP onion.

Due to this, the onion of the farmer is not able to go to foreign markets where there is a demand at that time and in an attempt to control the price in India, the farmer sacrificed.

The same situation is with the sugarcane farmer. Although the support price is fixed on every major crop, but this price support is less, more opposition.

The demand for sugar in the international market has not increased so that restrictions are imposed by the government. Same question here. Can you not live without sugar? And why is it so important, why not pay more?
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Were answering questions from the audience. A troubled soul from Pakistan said - Tomato has become 30 rupees a kilo!

General Sahab got agitated and said - Doctor has said that eat tomatoes, if you do not eat for ten days, then what will go wrong!

Then we all laughed a lot and it seemed absurd. But today it seems that the matter was correct.

In this country, the government falls on the prices of onions and sugar, so the government is trying hard not to make these things expensive. And to protect the interests of those farmers who are suffering in this affair, India refused to sign the RCEP agreement.
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See another example. Outside the last railway station, I found expensive apples sold from Mumbai to reach the mountains of Uttarakhand, from Ramgarh to Havalbagh and back and forth.

When I said that it is cheaper than it is available in Mumbai, then the answer was - yes, you will get it, it is coming from there itself. Where does the above material take off? What could be a bigger comment on our dreams of agricultural development, horticulture and fruit processing? So which magic wand is going to be received that the government will save the gardeners of the country from the RCEP?
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Center's changing tone on RCEP
The changing tone of the central government is visible in front of us. Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal first argued in support of the RCEP. Then the Prime Minister said that signing the agreement was not acceptable to his conscience.

Now Piyush Goyal is again saying that if a good offer is received, the agreement can be signed now. On the other hand, they are also saying that India is now considering a free-trade agreement with the US and European Union.
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India has been opposed to any such idea for years. If you go to ask other ministers, they will give their own arguments. The Sangh Parivar has opened a front against the agreement in the name of Swadeshi Jagran, which is also the neck of the government. But it is important to remember that this Swadeshi Jagran Manch has been standing against every attempt of foreign investment in the country for the last thirty-five years.

And see the arguments of those who protest. Cheap milk will come from New Zealand.

A Uttar Pradesh minister said, "New Zealanders will sell eleven-twelve rupees a liter of milk, our dairy cooperative buys for forty rupees, how will it go?"

There is not even a need to answer. Just looked at Google, the retail price of one liter milk in New Zealand was around two dollars and their one dollar is around forty five rupees. Now think to yourself how much cheaper milk or cheese they will fill in India.

The interesting thing is that the Congress is also involved in opposing the agreement and the Farmers Labor Organization too. Someone should explain that after the economic reforms, the life of employed people in India has improved or worsened.
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If involved, who would be the loser?
The condition of workers is improving or not. And if the price of the crop increases, will the farmer benefit or loss?

So who will be the loser? Those middlemen who have been sucking the blood of farmers. Government officials, politicians and market leaders who have occupied the entire path between the crop and the market. Those businessmen and industrialists who are afraid to stand against them because their profits will be hit and good people working here can go to other companies, go to other shops.

Who are these other companies, other shops? It is here that after RCEP, they will get the freedom to sell or work in India. If the consumer gets cheap and good goods, the worker gets good salary and the farmer gets better crop prices and bigger market, then who would mind? Why object? What is difficult to understand