Tiwari urges FM to ensure justice to Vidarbha in budget-Times of
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Yavatmal-Agricultural activist and vidarbha suppotor Kishor Tiwari of Vidarbha Jna andolan Samiti sent a fax message to Union Finance Minister Pranav Mukharjee on monday,urging him to allaocate adequate funds in coming union budget to ensure justice to the backward vidarbha region.
talking TOI.Tiwari said the region has been neglected by vested interests of western maharashtra and peoples' representatives from the region always failed to get the legal share in state resources for sppedy devlopement of the region.
'Western Vidarbha has emerged as the capital of farmers suicides and government aod has failed miserably to wipe the tears of the distress farmers'he said adding thst the state government has decleared 15,000 villages across the region as drought hit for which fund allotment is yrgently needed.
“Though the government has spent Rs.3000 crore on vidarbha for bridging the ever growing irrigation backlog in the last 3 years ,not a single acre of land could be brought under real irrigation”Tiwari alleged and said that 4 lakh families are trapped in utter distress.
“The budget should provide the provision for adequate funds to strengthen the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) AND National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)”Tiwari said added that the poor farmers of vidarbha need food security,health care,uninterrupted power supply,employment opportunities and free professional education to name few.
Vidarbha produces surplus electricity but the residents here are forced to bear the burnt of unscheduled unabated load shedding .besides bearing the transmission loss running in to crore of rupees,he furthered pointed out..
“Unless special time bound programme supported adequate budgetary allocation are ensured in the union budget vidarbha can never recover from it’s agrarian crisis”Tiwari added.