17 More Aid Starved Vidarbha Farmers suicide in last Five Days–Maharashtra Hailstorm Affected Region crosses 100 mark.
Vidarbha -24th March 2014
As many as 17 farmers have committed suicide in agrarian crisis hit vidarbha in last five days and after Hailstorms unseasoned rain started havoc since 25th feb. vidarbha alone farm suicide figure has crossed 36 moreover Marathawada reported more than 38 farm suicides and remaining region Maharashtra has reported 35 cases taking toll to 101 as per media reports receiving from 28 of the 35 districts where hailstorms and unseasoned rain has destroyed crop on over 20 lakh hectares and rural properties ,cattle losses amounting more than Rs.20,000 crore but state govt. announced the relief aid which is too low to compensate losses more over distressed farmers main demand of crop loan waiver and relief aid to tune of 50% damages have been ignored leaving farmers on the brink the resulting on going farm suicide spiral, Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samit (VJAS) informed today .
'We have visited the families 17 farmers who have killed themselves in last five days v.i.z.
1. Shankar Gadmale of village Warud ijara in Yavatmal
2.Krishnna Wankhede of village Sakhara in Yavatmal
3.Sudharkar Potey of village Navargoan in Yavatmal
4.Damadu Rathode of village Dattpur in Yavatmal
5.Vijay Kasture of village Bothali in Chandrapur
6.Pantyya Regudwar of village Ambe-Dhanora in Chandrapur
7.Subhash Bhogekar of village Shanapur in Chandrapur
8. abhiman i kale of village Borgoan in Chandrapur
9-vasudeo khule Padsad in Nagpur
10.suresh bhusari of village Gangapur in Nagpur
11.vijay dhore of village Boregoan in -Nagpur
12-santosh lichade of village Kasahkheda in Wardha
13.Yogeshhwar Ladhi of village -hiwara in Wardha
14-Raju Ghotekar of village Wadner in Wardha
15-Bhagvant Mahajan of village Dhanora in Wardha
16.Yashavant Muley of village Panchala in Wahim
17.Madhav Lanje war of village Nilagodhi in Bhandara
and seen pathetic condition of distress farmers where even officers have not reached ,the chief secretary of Maharashtra J.S.Sahariya declared last week that relief aid Rs.4000 crore in being disbursed but the ground the list of farmers have not been finalized ,the apathy and busy schedule of general election we are told local authorities that relief aid can only be given after election thet to farmers whose crop has been damaged more than 50% as per Govt. survey which adding more fuel to existing despair ,Tiwari added.
Hailstorms have affected 28 of the 35 districts, destroying crop on over 19 lakh hectares and leaving farmers on the brink. The rabi wheat, jowar and sugarcane have been damaged, and fruit crops including pomegranate, mango and orange and grapes affected. The State government had asked the Centre for Rs. 5,000-crore relief but centre has given Rs.865 crore which is peanut more over state Govt.a Rs.3,800-crore package for the affected is truing out to be eyewash hence we demand compensation to tune of 50% of actual loss ,complete loan waiver in all 28 affected districts and free food ,education and health care for next 8 months ,Tiwari urged Govt.