Vidarbha Farm widows needs Healing Touch from Narendra Modi
Yavatmal-23rd May 2014
Hundreds farm widows never thought when they attended PM-designates Narendra Modi’s ‘Chay Pe Charya’ on 9th March this year at village Dabhadi of Vidarbha region where farmers are committing suicides @ 8 hourly since 2004 due to debt and successive crop failure that Political Leader whom they are sharing core issues of cost , credit and crop failure resulting in deep distress and despair ,will be Prime Minister of India now as news are being spread that PM-designates Narendra Modi’s is keen to address agrarian crisis of farm suicide prone region of India ,vidarbha farm widows urged Modi to provide special integrated relief and rehabilitation package as one of main announcement after assuming office on 26th may , Bebitai Bais President Vidarbha Farm Widows Association (VFWA) informed in press release today .
‘We are more than 10,000 innocent victims of Vidarbha agrarian crisis after main cash crop cotton farming loss making activity and successive crop failure and poor market price since 2004 resulting unseen era of farm suicide spiral which is till continued but farm suicides affected families still awaiting much awaited relief of family pension ,land right restoration ,food-health and education security and right to live with respect and dignity, we hope Modiji will provide much needed healing touch as he promised in manifesto’ Farm widows KBC fame Aprana Malikar said
‘All eyes of debt-trapped cotton farmers are towards the very big promise of making Indian Agriculture sector as profit making activity by giving at least 50% on investments by adopting minimum support price (MSP) formula recommended by national commission of farmers and promises of giving fresh crop loan to crisis ridden ,debt trapped distressed farmers , Malikar added.
‘Five million vidarbha cotton farmers are happy with election result as Narendra Modi has got bumper mandate to take fast decision as he himself said farmers are suffering losses due to policies framed by 'babus' sitting inside AC offices and promised that after assuming power at the Centre he will revamp the mechanism of fixing Minimum Support Price (MSP) admitting that Farmers are not benefiting by the current policy, which is being decided by babus sitting inside air conditioned offices. When farmers go to market to sell their products, no government official is present there...Middlemen come there. This is what is prevalent now, he repeatedly promised to revamp the way Minimum Support Price is calculated. "BJP in its manifesto has stated that it has decided to take a historic decision. After forming BJP government in Delhi, we will fix the MSP and babus (bureaucrats) will not be allowed to do as they wish replacing a definite process for calculating MSP by taking in to account expenditure incurred by the farmer on his land, expenditure of seeds, fertilizer ,pesticide, water, electricity , interest on loan etc-- will be added in MSP. A total will be reached and on that 50 per cent profit will be added, if this happen long pending demand of cotton farmers will be fulfilled but experience of cotton farmers last NDA Govt. too disappointing which allowed free import of more than 20 million cotton bales and entry of MNCs in agriculture sector in the name technology hence Modi ‘s task seems to not only difficult as making sustainable agriculture needs introduction of heavy subsidies and market intervention to match MSP as per formula promised by him hence activist group are planning to take up issues as and when new Govt. take it office’ Farm activist Kishor Tiwari added.