VJAS writes to Maharashtra CM over aid for farmers-By Indo Asian News Service
VJAS writes to Maharashtra CM over aid for farmers
IANS | Nagpur August 18, 2014 Last Updated at 20:34 IST
An NGO in Maharashtra Monday wrote a letter to the state government to declare aid for the farmers before the pre-election model code of conduct comes into force in the next few days.
In an urgent letter to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, the Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) has urged him to immediately announce aid for the farmers, including waiver of loans and seeds for the third round of sowing in view of failed monsoon in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions.
The VJAS communication came three days after over 10,000 farmers, tribals, farm-widows and youths staged a protest march for their demands in Yavatmal.
"Now, farmers in each of the worst-affected 325-odd villages shall sit on indefinite hunger strike from Sep 5, at the height of the ensuing Ganeshotsav festival," VJAS chief Kishore Tiwari said.
He claimed that at least 22 districts in the state, mostly in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions, have had little or no rainfall during the peak sowing season of June-August.
Consequently, in most areas two rounds of seeding went waste and in other areas even third seeding was lost as rains continued to elude these regions, pushing the farmers into further distress.
"After the Election Commission announces the dates for the state assembly elections, maybe within the next few days, no aid will be distributed in view of the model code of conduct that will be enforced. We have requested the chief minister to act in the farmers' interest before that," Tiwari said.
VIDARBHA JANANDOLAN SAMITI PRESIDENT – KISHORE TIWARI, B.E. (Mech.Engg.), M.B.A., LL.B., M.A. (Pub. & Admn.), M.A. Sociology, M.I.S. (USA), Fellow - I.E.H., Fellow – Institution of Engineers (India)- CHARTERED ENGINEER BACKGROUND : Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti is fighting for the cause of common man since 1998. Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti is constantly pursuing its battle on various fronts like – a.Administrative b.Judicial c.Quasi-judicial d.Legislative e.Parliamentary f.International levels PUBLIC ISSUES : 1.Farmers suicides 2.Mal nutrition of Tribals. 3.Plights of Rural economy 4.Drinking water 5.Right to Food 6.Right to Education 7.Problems of Minorities 8.Issue of Separate Statehood to Vidarbha THE EFFECT OF MOVEMENT : The continued follow up and Jan Andolans of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti has resulted in many success broadly classified as – 1.Waiver of small farmers crop loans 2.interest remission to marginal farmers 3.right to food to the lacs of tribals. 4.Primary Education to every rural students. 5.Farmers packages 6.BPL benefits to thousands of poor families. 7.Justice to unwed mothers