Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar who is touring agrarian crisis hit region vidarbha after gap of seven years since he came with PM in July 2006,yesterday announced that the central relief aid to Vidarbha farmers may take a month or so has triggered four aid starved and deb trapped distressed farmers suicides as till date state Govt. failed to give single Paisa after CM made announcement of Rs.2000 crore last month and as per media reports they are
1. Chintaman bolane of village Hitkheda in Gondia
2. Pravin Umekar of village tebhurkheda in Amravati
3.Manoj Madavi of vllage khairi in Yavatmal
4.Damodhar Kalaskar of village chikhalsawangi in Amaravati ,
taking toll to 628 in this year and since 2006 after central intervention in the agrarian crisis and year wise official farm suicide figure are
Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) informed today, urging Indian Govt. provide aid to tackle very pathetic situation as state Govt. failed to give any healing touch to dying farming community which is crying for food, medicine and relief aid.
Vidarbha where more than million acres of land has been eroded and crop lost amounting more than Rs.20,000 crore but Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has already submitted a proposal seeking Rs1,180 crore for Vidarbha
while roads and bridges have been damaged on a large scale and need urgent repairs but till date final assessment report of state govt. has not been submitted
When Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh visited vidarbha on 1st July 2006 for announcing vidarbha relief package of Rs.3750 and he told the farm widows that his visit to give healing touch to distressed farmers but all promises given by him went in vain and complete relief package followed by farm loan waiver failed to address the farm suicide issue failed miserably and his so called ‘Healing Touch’ has given more pain and despair now Indian Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar is on three day “Farm suicide tourism” with same slogan that his tour is not political one and he is visiting flood hit region to give healing touch to dying farmers but farmers are requesting him not to rub the salt to their wounds by giving to promises and creating rosy picture as it’s trigger more suicide as when PM promise of farm credit ,direct aid and restoration to sustainable agriculture and livelihood of agrarian community turned to be hoax ,
‘Farmer’s suicide for Rs.1000/-: Vidarbha Farm widows failed to get audience
Indian Agriculture Minister Sharad pawar today visited Pandharkawada and on the same road at village pimplapur on Pola festival tribal farmer sadashiv kihnake committed suicide as he could not arrange Rs.1000/- for festival ,his widows mangala was waiting more over she came to pandharkawada to have meeting with Pawar but Babus faiiled to arrange it more over 45 car and z+ security convoy passed farm house of Nagorao Soyam of village Pathari who hanged himself as there was no food and mounting debt and despair took his life here also Pawar failed to visit ast administration ignored the request of village panchayat to avoid humiliation as till date no officer visited his house , Tiwari added.
All expert panels and committees recommended urgent intervention in farm credit ,hiking support price of cotton ,providing alternative holistic sustainable to this MNCs dominated Gm seed and toxic chemical farming hence vidarbha needs integrated relief package that should address compensation crop damages to all farmers as rain is till continued the flood victims are crying for help and property ,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, Tiwari added.