Sunday, 16 October 2011

Rahul’s Kalavati Daughter among six victim Vidarbha Agrarian Crisis Reported in 48 Hours

Rahul’s Kalavati Daughter  among six victim Vidarbha Agrarian Crisis Reported in 48 Hours 

Nagpur -17th October 2011
India Prince Rahul Gandhi’s poverty icon vidarbha farm widow Kalavati Bandurkar’s daughter among two farmers and wife of dry land cotton farmer along with  her two small kids are suicides reported in the dying field of vidarbha which is reeling under severe agrarian crisis since 2005 claiming more than 8400 farmers suicides  taking toll 634 in the year 2011 alone ,these are victims of on going distress and despair resulting in suicides  mainly due to debt, poverty hunger and poor health care services in the most backward region of Maharashtra.

Along with kalavati’s daughter's delayed report of suicide ,vidarbha rocked with news of another debt trapped  farmers wife of village Tivali in Washim district namely Ujwala Batkal aged 26 killed herself with her two kids Aarti-6 years and Ganesh -2years as per news reported by daily SAKAL  an others are Rajaraddy Nalawar of digras in yavatmal and Ganesh Doiphode of village Shendurjanabazar in Amaravati .

“We have been demanding urgent relief of food security ,health care and proper counseling to these distress families who have been identified by state Govt. in 2006 after door to door survey in order to follow directives of high court Mumbai in the PIL of  VJAS  and  even after 5 years of recommendations  Maharashtra Govt. failed to  provide requisite relief to one million identified distressed families who are dent trapped having acute health problem and facing starvation  hence these are not  suicide ,are genocide done by the state” Kishore Tiwari of cotton farmers’ advocacy group  Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti-VJAS   informed in press release today.

As per news reported in LOKMAT ,Nagpur  recently Rahul Gandhi’s vidarbha farm widow Kalavati Bandurkar’s daughter Savita Divakar Khamankar of village Ralegoan in Bhadravati Tahsil in Chandrapur  district committed suicides due to poverty and failed to get health care in prolongned serious illness in last week of September but reported on 15th October  .she is second number daughter of Kalavati and this is third blow to her after her husband Parshuram Bndurkar committed suicide in 2005 her son-in –law Sanjay Kalaskar who committed suicide last year due to huge debt and economic crisis .

‘After meeting Kalavati in 2009, Rahul Gandhi during his speech in the Lok Sabha spoke of her life and how she and her village suffered without electricity, and contended “poverty is directly connected to energy security” and one NGO declared aid of Rs.25 lakh as fix deposit  to her and she is getting interest on FD but even this huge relief aid in isolation to one widows has not even reduced despair and distress of her family that reason we have been demanding integrated rehabilitation all 8000 vidarbha farm widows who lost bread earner in this agrarian crisis but Govt. is not responding that unfortunate ’ Tiwari added..

VJAS has strongly flays recent demand congress party senior Minister in Maharashtra Govt.  Shivajirao Moghe that central Govt. should raise Minimum Support Price  MSP of cotton to Rs.7000/- per quintal as against  Rs.3,300 per quintal fixed by Central Govt. for cotton season 2011-12  to  UPA convener Smt.Sonia Gandhi who he met yesterday along with delegation of MLAs of west vidarbha after Maharashtra cotton marketing federation  chairman Dr.N.P.Hirani has officially urged central Govt. earlier to raise cotton MSP  to Rs.6000/- per quintal but the ground reality is central Govt. has shown dustbin to both letters and distressed and  debt trapped cotton farmers are forced to  sale their cotton in throw away price and are committing suicides that’s most unfortunate ” Tiwari added.

‘If NCP wants cotton farmers should get MSP of Rs.6,000/- then they should part with centre and state Govt .on this issue and same is the case with MPCC President Manikrao Thakare and all Ministers/MLAs of vidarbha should resign from party to save dying cotton growers who are committing suicides due economic losses after the crop failure this year .the current situation in west vidarbha and  part of maharashtra is too worst to describe as cotton crop in around 52 lakhs hector has been failed and cotton growers in the region are in deep economic crisis needs urgent bailout package hence Cong.-NCP should stop political war of cotton MSP issue and ask Govt. to start procurement of cotton through CCI or NAFED  ar the MSP Rs.6000/- per quintal’ VJAS demanded.

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