Saturday, 20 December 2014

Govt. is misleading Parliament on Farmer suicides Numbers -VJAS

 Govt. figure on Farmer suicides is misleading -VJAS

Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) , Activist group who is documenting farmers suicides in Vidarbha region SINCE 1997 has  termed the figures given by  Minister of State for Agriculture Mohanbhai Kundaria in a  In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha  claiming that  only 800 farmers have committed suicides this year due to agrarian distress, with maximum 724 suicides cases reported from Maharashtra as too low to underestimate the severity of agrarian crisis  in India, Kishor Tiwari informed in press release . Govt. figure on Farmer suicides is misleading -VJAS
Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti , Activist group who is documenting farmers suicides in Vidarbha region has  termed the figures given by  Minister of State for Agriculture Mohanbhai Kundaria in a  In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha  claiming that  only 800 farmers have committed suicides this year due to agrarian distress, with maximum 724 suicides cases reported from Maharashtra, Parliament was informed today as too low to underestimate the severity of agrarian crisis  in India, Kishor Tiwari informed in press release .

‘When vidarbha region alone  has reported administration has reported 1088 farm suicides and worst drought hit Marathwada region official farm suicide figure is more than 600 same is condition of khandesh and north Maharashtra . 3,146 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra in 2013, the latest data of the National Crime Records Bureau . That brings the total number of farmers taking their own lives in the state to 60,750 since 1995. Picture in the Maharashtra state got a lot worse after 2004. on average, 3,685 farmers in the state took their lives every year between 2004 to 2013.this shows very casual approach of NDA Govt. agrarian crisis and complete apathy toward Maharashtra severe drought and ongoing agrarian crisis which is adding fuel to farm suicide spiral’ Tiwari added.
Tiwari has drawn attention of Minister of State for Agriculture Mohanbhai Kundaria  toward ongoing cotton farmers protest and MSP crisis Gujarat Govt.December 15, the Gujarat government announcing a Rs. 1,100-crore relief package for farmers as giving packages to distressed debt rapped cannot be solution to agrarian crisis which is result of policy shift adopted by the Indian Govt. since 1997 ,the reforms under GATT and allowing free trade and lifting of quantitative restrictions of import and export on agriculture commodities  has made life of innocent farmers venerable and resulted in mass genocide
VJAS recalled promise of PM Modiji of introducing the renowned farm scientist M S Swaminathan's formula for fixation of MSP which provides for cost plus 50 per cent remuneration to the farmers as the basis of fixation of MSP for agricultural crops should be looked into during the process of finalization of Union Budget for 2014-15 that is only way to make agriculture far more sustainable besides ensuring no farmer was compelled to either leave this occupation or commit suicide.
As most of distressed  Small and marginal farmers who committing suicide are debt trapped hence complete loan waiver and  Fresh interest free short term crop loans whereas other farmers should be given crop loans at 2 per cent, urging for one time debt relief package should be provided for all farmers, Tiwari added.


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