Hundreds Vidarbha Farmer's Widows joined ‘Black Diwali’ to protest Govt. Apathy
NAGPUR: 3rd Novenber 2013
When India is celebrating festival light ‘Dipawali’ today hundreds vidarbha farmers widows are on hunger strike observing it as ‘Black Dipawali’ demanding restoration of ‘right to live’ with deginity and respect as more than 5 million farm families are under severe agrarian crisis and has lost complete crop this year due massive rain and flood ,west vidarbha region is on international map due on going farmers suicides since 2005 but till Govt. failed to address the issue.the main demands of Black Diwali protest are urgent disbursement announced relief aid ,complete debt waiver to crop damged farmers and higher MSP to cotton @ Rs.6000 per quintal ,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 .
Todays farm widows protest KBC Fame Aprana Malikar,Bharati pawar,nanda bhandare,bebitai bais,shahsikala gatakawar,Gita Rathode,Archna Raut, Mangala betwar, poornima kopulwar, swaraswatibai amabarwar, Anjubai bhusari, una jiddewar, pushpa pradhan and rama thamake addressed protest rally and urged Govt. for intervention .
“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 villagesaikheda(Yavatmal) reported six farm suicides since 2006 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 widow Shila Mandavgade informed today.
Must awaited central Govt. relief announcement of done union Agri. Minister Sharad Pawar ofRs.922 crore has added fuel to the agrarian crisis as this is toll little to compensate the huge losses of crop and properties ,will increase despair and distress as all announcements are turning out to be hoax for example in August Maharashtra Chief Minister announced Rs.2000 crore relief aid but till date nothing has been released more over local administration is shamelessly is Rs.80 to Rs.100 relief cheque rubbing the salt on the wounds of dying farmers who lost complete crop, home and cattle as there are more than 3 million flood effected farmers and others hence it is obvious this aid is peanut hence farmers widows are observing “Black Diwali” to press demands compensation to tune of actual losses ,higher support price for cotton and soybean i.e. @ Rs.6000/ quintal and @5000/quintal, ” Aparna Malikar 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, Bebitai bais added.
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, farm widow Chandrakala Meshram recalled.