NAGPUR: There seems to be a sudden spurt in farmers' suicides in Vidarbha. Farm suicides were on decline in the last few months. However, according the Vidarbha Jan AndolanSamitiwhich keeps a track of farmers' suicides, in last two days six cases were reported from the region taking the toll to 16 this month.
The six deceased farmers have been identified as Namdeo Thoke of Benoda village and Gajanan Nagle of Khed (both in Amravati district), Balaji Thaori of Dahegoan (Zari) in Yavatmal, Dinkar Navarkhede of Sakhari village, Ramdas Gohane of Chittegoan, and Gajanan Raut of Jawrabori in Chandrapur district.
On the eve of Makar Sankranti four suicides were reported, claimed VJAS' Kishore Tiwari. He alleged that there is disconnect between the government and the farmers, who are in a pitiable situation. "Cotton crop has failed once again. Moreover, the government has failed to protect the cotton growers who are now forced to sell raw cotton at throwaway prices because of poor demand," said Tiwari.
"An urgent relief on the price front and compensation for crop loss can provide a healing touch and check the distress that is forcing farmers to commit suicide. To draw attention of the government, farmers and farm widows would sit on a daylong protest fast on Republic Day at Maregoan village in Yavatmal district," said Tiwari
He also pointed out that the state government kept Vidarbha out of the purview of relief assistance sought from the Central government. As a reason, observers sent from New Delhi did not visit this region. Last Thursday the Centre had announced Rs778 crore drought assistance package for the state. "It is shocking that no area from Vidarbha is included in this package," said Tiwari.