Maharashtra Economic Survey confirm gravity of “ Agrarian crisis”: Farmers Demands “President Rule” to Handle Crisis
Nagpur -23rd march 2012
This is for the first Maharashtra Govt. officially admitted in s Economic Survey for 2011-12 that it is the Agriculture sector in Maharashtra to show negative growth painting a dismal picture of the State's economy with all sectors dragging the growth down and the debt of the government is expected to increase to Rs 2,26,926 crore in 2011-12. In 2004-05, the total public debt was Rs 1,09,167 crore but by 2010-11 it increased to Rs 2,05,689 crore. The fall in Maharashtra's GSDP is steeper than the country's GDP. While the country's GDP (advance estimates) has come down by 1.5 percentage points to 6.9 per cent in FY2011-12, in the case of Maharashtra, the GSDP (advance estimates) has fallen by 2.80 percentage points to 8.5 per cent.
“This is very gloomy situation and massive corruption and malfunctioning in state Govt. is mainly reconcilable for this economic crisis, in order to save more than 7 million debt trapped crisis hit farmers central intervention is must hence we demand sacking of existing non-performing PDF government and put state under president rule till crisis are over as this negative growth will spread in urban sector too and despair and distress will deep the crisis and all coalition partners in state Govt. are busy in accumulating wealth and corruption has over shadow the main focus hence drastic action is must to save the state from on going bankruptcy ” urged on behalf dying cotton farmers in a letter to Governor of Maharashtra by farm activist Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti VJAS,.
As per survey it is reported that in FY2011-12, agriculture and allied activities has shown a negative growth of 5.1 per cent (against a growth of 15.6 per cent in FY2010-11); industry and services have grown at a slower clip of 9.1 per cent (10.8 per cent) and 10.1 per cent (11 per cent) respectively.The report further pointed out that production of food grains in 2011-12 is expected to register a decrease of 23 per cent with a production target of 118.09 lakh tonnes as against 154.19 lakh tonnes last year. Production of oilseeds and cotton (lint) are also expected to decrease by 8 per cent and 15 per cent respectively. The ratio of gross irrigated area to gross cropped area for 2008-09 in the state was 17.7 per cent, which was much below the national level ratio of 45.3 per cent and it also reported that with low productivity of soil are the major concerns in this sector in the state, the survey said, which is much more shocking .Tiwari added..
“The reason given by Govt. for retardation of agriculture growth due to the late arrival of monsoon in Vidarbha and Marathwada and its erratic nature but in reality wrong policies promoted by state and total neglect of dry land farmers who were subjected very rain sensitive crop like Bt.cotton is reason of collapse hence state should change basic agrarian policies and promote sustainable crop patterns and they should give up idea of brining second green revolution with help of American MNC to stop on going farmers suicides”Tiwari Demanded