Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Vidarbha agrarian crisis claims 10 farmers suicides in last 72 Hours

Vidarbha agrarian crisis claims 10 farmers suicides in last 72 hours- VJAS urged for urgent relief to Drought Hit Farmers

Nagpur-10th march 2010

When Indian parliament was busy to pass women reservation bill to uplift and empowerment women and did it but for it was not the case in Vidarbha -farm suicide capital of India where 10 farmers suicides have been reported that include one women farmer too adding to tally of 7860 farm widows of the cotton farmers who committed suicide since June 2005 in the on going agrarian crisis in the region which has shown impact of despair and extreme distress forced over 2 million farm families as per official survey, informed Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Jan andolan Samiti (VJAS) in press note .

“In Maharashtra more than 40,000 farmers killed themselves in Maharashtra since 1998 as official figure of Govt. of India and majority of farmers are dry land region vidarbha and marathawada ,this year there is severe crop failure due to drought as more than 20000 villages have officially declared drought hit by Maharashtra Govt and despair in amounting to suicide due to apathy of administration toward the crisis ” Tiwari added.

Ten vidarbha farmers who committed suicides in last 72 hours ,six are from yavatmal district alone

they are

1.Ankush Narayan Thakray of Nimtalai in Nagpur

2.Suryakant Ganpat Gokare of Aadkoli in Yavatmal

3.Satish Keshav Dhote of Bhabulgoan in Yavatmal

4.Smt.Vimal Abhiman Kowe of Zuli In Yavatmal.

5.Santosh Janardhan Bhisale of Koyali In Washim

6.Prahald Nimba Rathode of Mahagoan in Yavatmal

7.Raobhan Raoji Surpam of Morwa In Yavatmal

8.Praka Bhaukade of Udi In Akola .

9.Balaji Paikine 0f Marsud In Yavatmal

10.Prahal Gawande of Bhadkad In Akola

as per administration reports these drought hit 15460 villages in vidarbha facing the problem of water ,fodder ,food and employment but till date any single district administration has not started any relief work resulting migration of thousands farmers for the want of work .ground condition is worst than June-2006 and now it’s time for Indian intervention to solve vidarbha agrarian crisis as all relief package failed to give any result ,Tiwari added.

State Govt. declared drought in 15460 villages in vidarbha due to complete crop failure and declared relief measures on paper hence VJAS urged Indian Prime Minister intervention in vidarbha agrarian crisis to address the dying farmers and to provide free health care, food security, rural employment , fodder to save dying cattle ,drinking water to rural masses and cattle on priority basis so that prevailing acute distress can be minimize and farmers suicides can be controlled ,Tiwari said.


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