Five more vidarbha farmers suicides reported on the Eve of Diwali: Farmer's Widows to observe ‘Black Diwali’
‘Dhanteras’ first day of Diwali celebration in the evening senior farm activist Vilas Raut (07875604666) of village wadaki whose wife is ZP member called me informing me that his close relative very young cotton farmer Ashok Sathe of village zullar 2 KM committed suicides just now in fact Ashok Sathe is not alone ,there are five vidarbha farmers suicides reported in last 48 hours identified as
1.Ashok Sathe of Zullar in Yavatmal
2.Bharat Ade of Parsoda in Yavatmal
3. Ramesh Wadatkar Yasambha in Wardha
4.Devidas Thakare of sorta in Wardha
5.Vithalrao ladhi of Aarambha in Wardha
Taking toll to 683 inyear 2013 ,Kishore Tiwari (9422108846)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 .
“There is massive despair and gloom in rural vidarbha as late October rain has damaged cotton and soybean both cash crop ,I myself sold 50 quintal soybean today @Rs.1500/- much less than MSP Rs.2950/- same is condition of cotton crop after rain there’s massive fungal and attack on cotton plant ,this is very worst year for us and my village Dahegaon in Ralegoan(Yavatmal) reported two farm suicides since September and prevailing distress and mounting debt ,everybody is under shocking gloom ,fearing more
Farmers killing themselves as there is no money even purchase sweet and purchase new shirt to kid ,there are reports of starvation in dry land tribal farmers as till date not signal flood hit or crop damaged farmer received any aid from Govt., even collector or local MLA/MP failed to visit these villages. More than 3 million crisis driven distressed farmers needs healing touch which is not coming adding fuel to unfortunate farm suicide saga,Farm activist village sarpanch of Dahegoan Sudam Balki(09823636460) informed today.
Must awaited central Govt. relief announcement of done union Agri. Minister Sharad Pawar of” Tiwari said.
Vidarbha where more than million acres of land has been eroded and crop lost amounting more than Rs.20,000 crore but announced relief by centre and state for Vidarbha is merge Rs.2800 crore which is too less to repair damaged roads and bridges on a large scale and need urgent repairs and will need more money for property damage compensation hence massive crop damages are likely to ignored as final assessment report of state govt. has not been submitted and farmers are crying for help, Tiwari said
Earlier too 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, Tiwari said. ,