Thursday, 21 July 2011

3 more Vidarbha farmers commit suicide: PM urged to intervene-Merinews

3 more Vidarbha farmers commit suicide: PM urged to intervene
http://www.merinews.com/article/3-more-vidarbha-farmers-commit-suicide-pm-urged-to-intervene/15855252.shtml
***The Indian prime minister has been urged to revisit Vidarbha and take a close look at integrated agrarian problems of cotton grower, which are related to credit, minimum support price (MSP) and stringent export restrictions. ***
THE DELAYED erratic rains and frequent re-sowing, economic losses due to cotton price rescission and NBARD action to stall Agri. Credit under section 11 to district coop banks (DCB) through ill-fated and bankrupt MS co-op Bank, has resulted in three more distressed and debt-trapped cotton farmers’ suicide. As per media reports the farmers have been identified as:

1. Kisan Mane of Village Chatari in Yavatmal
2. Pushottam Galaskar of Chavsala in Amaravati
3. Tukaram Ingale of Alegoan in Akola 

Earlier this week, 4 four farmers had committed suicide, their names are,

1. Anil Tandilkar of village Ukapati in Amaravatit
2. Subhash Kasdekar of village Ranamalur in Amaravatit
3. Ramesh Jumade of Achalpur in Amaravati
4. Anandrao Khande of village Tawashi In Bhandara

These seven suicide cases have taken the official suicide toll to 443 in the year 2011 alone, Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti informed in press release.

“It was July 2006 when Indian Prime Minister visited agrarian crisis prone western Vidarbha and announced special relief package of Rs. 3,750 crore, which included the interest waiver of Rs. 1,080 crore  and gave extended Agri. Credit of Rs. 2,500 crore, at the same time promising to make it double in next three years. But all promises were kept on paper and bankers reduced Agri. Credit for short crop loan. The loan has been further reduced to 50%, forcing the government to announce a complete loan waiver of Rs. 71,000 crore in March 2008, however, Vidarbha farmers were intentionally kept out this loan waiver. Farmers’ suicides in the cotton cultivating region still continues as non-professional attitude and non-cooperation of bankers exercise of loan waiver has failed and crop loan amount in last five year reduced to 50%, whereas cultivation cost has increased multi-fold thanks to skyrocketing prices of Bt.Cotton Seed, Fertilizer and pesticides and labour,” said Tiwari.


As per district administration reports, now official crop loan disbursement is less than 50% in comparison to last year’s disbursement. There is big hue and cry in Vidarbha for fresh crop loan to all illegible farmers, but bankers are facing liquidity crunch due to insufficient fund sanctioned by apex bank NABARD. Although, Dr. Sudhir Goyal promised a credit flow in Rs. 510 crore in first week of July and another instalment of Rs. 500 crore since July 12, nothing has happened and crop loan stands still due technical issues after RBI twisted the irregularities and scam of existing directors of MSC Bank. Vidarbha farmers are suffering due to default of western Maharashtra sugar lobby, this is most unfortunate and hence we demand intervention of central Govt. so that it arranges crop loan disbursement to dying Vidarbha farmers,” Tiwari further said.

“We have urged Indian prime minister to revisit Vidarbha and look at the integrated agrarian problems of cotton grower which are related to credit, minimum support price (MSP) and stringent export restrictions, which are accumulating and resulting in farmers suicides,” Tiwari added.

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