Maharashtra Election Commission’s Code of Conduct delaying Relief Aid to Dying Farmers
NAGPUR: 5th January 2012
The recent announcement State Election Commissioner Neela Satyanarayan to conduct election of local bodies in metros and more than 25 Zila Parishad has enforced fresh code of conduct barring state administration to take fresh policy decisions to give any relief to already distressed and debt trapped around 1 billion drought hit Maharashtra farmers as state Govt. has already declared that cotton ,Soya and paddy crops under 90 lakhs hector in vidarbha , Marathwada, Khandesh and north Maharashtra damaged due climate change and delayed rain in dry land region and given Rs.2000 crore relief package for which administration is yet to complete administrative formalities and requisite survey ,will delay the relief aid resulting the on going farmers suicides to continue in agrarian crisis hit vidarbha hence we have moved the state election commissioner Neela Satyanarayan to relax the code of conduct imposed for forthcoming local bodies elections so that the state government could disburse a relief package to needy farmers ,Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS), an advocacy group fighting for the cause of cotton growers of the region informed today
Earlier too in November Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had put on hold decision to announce a compensation package for cotton growers citing the state election commission directives and then declared package in hurry without any serious thought on it now the sudden announcement State Election Commissioner Neela Satyanarayan has given another breather to hostile administration and bankrupt Govt. to buy another two month to delay the most needed relief to the farmers .hence apathy of administration now officially continue in the name of moral code of conduct and they will be fully occupied in election work , VJAS president Kishore Tiwari added.
VJAS in a petition filed before the state election body has requested Satyanarayan to give directives to the state Govt. to disburse announced relief of Rs.2000 crore who more than 1 billion farmers are in serious state of distress because of crop losses, pointing out that over a 1000 farmers have already committed suicide in the 2011 in the cotton belt, Tiwari has urged the poll panel chief that reports were submitted with the government from time to time warning of the impending crisis.
“Neither Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan having announced Relief Package has not even seriously put efforts to arrange the fund for the same nor did the administration even move the union Govt. for special relief from PM Relief Fund now Govt. has managed to opposition to shift focus from agrarian crisis to elections and powerful Cong-NCP political leadership can change election fortunate of the parties with use of money power as they did in local body election in last December but if vidarbha farmers’ failed to get declared relief before the election ,they will be forced to boycott ZP and PS election’’ Tiwari warned .