Vidarbha wants Rs 30,000 crore from Mukherjee's Budget kitty
24 Feb 2010, 1200 hrs IST, IANS
According to the Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS), in view of the neglect faced by the region since independence, it was high time the central government looks at Vidarbha seriously and announces a hefty development package.
He demanded a Rs.30,000 crore package, which would take care of the huge backlog for the region, help sustainable irrigation projects, take care of drinking water needs and other infrastructure development in the region.
Since 2006, the state government has announced two separate packages worth Rs 5,825 crore. This was followed up by a loan waiver from the central government of Rs 4,600 crore and from the state Rs.1,100 crore (the figure for this region) in 2009.
"Yet, suicides have not stopped, the region continues to be backward and the sentiments are strongly in favour of a separate state of Vidarbha," Tiwari pointed out.
"Despite such a large number of deaths, the state has not announced any concrete welfare measures for the farm widows, for the education of their children, employment opportunities and marriage of the girls," Tiwari said.
He urged the finance minister to display his generosity in the next budget by making a substantial allocation for the Vidarbha region.