Healing Touch - Government Style
THE GOVERNMENT has pumped in Rs 10,000 crore in the suicide belts of Vidarbha over the last four years. Yet, farmers continue to kill themselves. Now, a performance audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of
A report titled Performance Audit of Farmers Package by the CAG of India, has concluded that the package has failed in its basic purpose, that of reducing the agrarian crisis in the six affected districts of Vidarbha. The districts are Yavatmal,
"Though the state created the Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swawalamban Mission (VNSSM) for monitoring of the implementation of the packages, it had no dedicated staff even the post of its director general is mostly vacant. Consequently, it failed to even watch the expenditure incurred by the implementing departments under various components,’ ’ the report said.
But it’s very unfortunate to note that “healing touch to dying farmers families” has been made mockery by administration, here are details
1. Dated 1st July 2006
Having visited houses of farmer widows along with sharad pawar and then chief minister vilasrao deshmukh(both were visiting vidarbha first after farm suicide spiral started) Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh spoke to media ,
"I have heard mothers crying to meet their children's education costs, fathers struggling to meet health expenses ,the farm widows need a healing touch by the administration hence I propose to place a sum of Rs 50 lakh at the disposal of each district collector to be used judiciously for alleviating the distress of such families, PMO would directly monitor progress of the schemes. I recognise there is a nationwide problem of agriculture indebtedness. We need to treat it as a national problem and address to it on a war-footing”
Till there is no follow up from PMO office and more than 90% relief money has siphoned out by politicians and officers as per recent enquiry committee report
2. Dated 19th December-2007
Here is news item published by local daily exposing healing touch of administration.
VJAS has termed that emotions from Indian prime minister to bottom of administration is fraud, farmers should revolt for elimination these hoax in the system to get justice