Legislators urged to allow CM to announce Relief Package floodhit farmers
The ongoing Protest of Maharashtra opposition MLA/MLC to have detail discussion on irrigation scam and revoking suspension of MLA/MLC which forced adjournment of lower house for a day ,has delayed expected CM announcement of relief package to 5 million rain-flood hit farmers of vidrabha , urging law-makers to allow Govt. for the same as flood-hit are in urgent need of food, compensation, fresh credit and medical help Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) informed today .
Earlier Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan announced on Saturday in Nagpur after touring two places in vidrabha that ground situation in flood-ravaged is very serious as around 80 people died, more than 56 thousands families have been homeless and standing crop in million hector damaged out of which crop under 3 lakhs hector effected more than 50% as per initial estimates of local administration, damage to agriculture would be assessed by Sunday evening and a package announced in the Legislature Monday, now more than 5 million farmers are keeping high hope with Govt. as part healing touch to debt trapped and distressed farmers who are in the on going Agrarian crisis and epidemic of farm suicides, but if deadlock is continued then need relief aid will be delayed hence CM should take initiative and announce the relief aid, Tiwari added.
“Vidarbha rain-flood crisis needs integrated relief package that should address compensation crop damages to all farmers as rain is till continued and credit restoration and fresh crop loan to vidarbha farmers ,food security for all effected families under antyodaya, free health services and 100% reimbursement of fees for higher professional education is need of the hour and Monday’s CM announcement for relief package will be in line with urgent need and minimum requirement” Tiwari urged CM .
Record rain since 2nd June @ more than 100mm to 200 mm per day has created havoc and most of region which is known as dry land area has been converted in to historic in flood-ravaged areas as region agrarian crisis hit and more are debt trapped and distressed has reported more than 10 thousand farm suicides since 2005 and massive crop failure as per initial report in a million hector due rain furry and it is that reported due on going rain cotton,soya and paddy under more than 2 million hector is likely damaged calling emergency measure to tackle wet drought in flood-ravaged areas of the region. Many talukas, especially in east Vidarbha, have been badly affected due to very heavy rainfall over the last 52 days. The maximum damage has been to cotton and Soyabean crops. Paddy, which requires lot of water, too is likely to have been damaged and farmers were forced triple-double sowing of costly seed and dosing of fertilizer now in a deep distressed as they arranged it from private money leaders and now even rain stop today crop under 5 million hector yield will not more 50% hence total damges are more than Rs.20,000 crore , Kishore Tiwari of (VJAS) said.
“We are receiving rain in day that is ten time than we used to get in whole month niether the farmers nor the field is ready to face this massive cloud busting and hostile and helpless administration is adding fuel in the crisis ,it is reported that east Vidarbha, more than 3.37 lakh hectare, which is over 18% of the total land under cultivation, has been flood hit. The worst affected is Yavatmal district where 20% cropland has been affected by floods caused by the rains. Agriculture officials said that the damage is on the higher side as crop damage is over 50% now Wardha and Chandrapur, Gadchiroli more damages are reported even last year drought hit Buldhana flood has damaged crop as major dams in vidarbha are over flowing causing more damages to crop vidarbha more than 80 casualties of human being reported thousands of cattle died in rain and flood hence we want central intervention declaring wet drought in vidrabha and relief aid to dying farming community of vidrabha” Tiwari urged. .
“Around 10 Million of population of rural vidrabha are facing rain furry and are not getting food,electricity and medical health there are wide spread protest and cry but administration is not able to give any aid ,officials till assessing the flood crisis and requisite relief aid is awaiting their survey that will take another month that more irritating hence we want chief minister should visit to flood hit vidrabha and order the relief” Tiwari urged.