Massive response to ‘‘Samwad Yatra” – Distressed Farmers urged Govt. and Civil society to look at Despair
Wanjari(vidarbha)-10th September 2013
VJAS Activists in agrarian crisis hit Vidarbha region today started first phase of a three-day rally, called “Samvad Yatra”, from Tuesday to counsel farmers who are on the verge of mental collapse after the monsoon ravaged their fields received massive response in crisis ridden village from farmers ,local leaders ,farm widows and hundreds SHG farmers wives ,urging Govt. and civil society to communicate to us and provide healing touch to these 3 million dying farmers as they are not keen in any special packages as they need restoration right to live with dignity and respect as region is facing complete social and economic failure ,all emotions and hardships are being documented and will presented to Govt. and civil society as we are taking this “Samvad Yatra” to all agrarian crisis ridden district where acute distress and despair is forcing the farmers to kill themselves and since 2005 more than 11800 farmers suicides have been reported and all relief packages amounting more than Rs.10,000 crore failed to stop the farm suicides ,Kishor Tiwari convener of Samwad yatra informed today
In first samwad parishad which is part of yatra organized in village wanjari in kelapur taluka of yavatmal district where three farmers suicides reported recently in last three month which was chaired by local Z.P. member Rokesh Nemanwar and sarpanch santosh bodewar ,KBC fame Aparna Malikar, farm activist mohan jadhav, suresh bolenwar, shekha joshi,nitin kamble and other all farmers and farm widows openly complained that there is complete collapse food security, NAREGA ,NRHM and farm credit there is no communicable platform so that their hardship can be redressed and distressed farmers in isolation are killing themselves and massive crop failure this will fuel ongoing crisis and hundreds of farm suicides are feared to take place in relief aid is not given in time,warned village sarpanch santosh bodewar in the meeting.
Over the last three months, there have been reports of at least 200 farmers ending their lives following crop devastation coupled with a cessation of food, medical and credit aid from government agencies and problem of farmers committing suicide was not just political but “a social issue, and its complexity has to be understood in entirety being ignored and Govt is adopting piecemeal approach by shortsighted politicians is like administering vitamin injections to a person having cancerous tumour. The government does not want to see the tumour but just wants to keep on giving feel-good hallucinatory herbs,” Tiwari he said.
Elaborating on the “Samvad Rally,” Tiwari said psychologists specialising in counselling would accompany social activists. “These counsellors specialise in handling distressed and depressed people. We want the farmers to take up the issue and fight for their rights,” he said.
“The situation is grim. It is like an epidemic. Last week there reports of 24 suicides from the Yavatmal district. The flood of suicide reports is concomitant with the heavy monsoon, something which the otherwise dry Vidarbha faced this year after decades.”
The rally will conduct ground-auditing and prepare an assessment report, apart from video-taping conversations with farmers in street-corner meetings.
“We intend to send these video-tapes to the President, Prime Minister and National the Human Rights Commission... so that they can see for themselves the kind of human rights violation taking place every day, every minute,” said Tiwari.