Despair and Distress added Six more farmers in Vidarbha Farm Suicide spiral in last 48 Hours
Dated -22nd February 2015
Even Ink of the report of four innocent debt rapped Vidarbha farmers on 20th Feb. is not dried, today another six more ill fated vidarbha farmers suicides cases from agrarian crisis hit in last 48 hours has been surfaced today ,the fresh six innocent farm victims are three from Yavatmal and one each from Wardha ,Buldhana and Chandrapur as the toll in the current year has gone up to 208 in the drought-affected Vidarbha (114) and Marathwada (94) regions. In 2014, over 1,800 farmers had committed suicide due to mounting problems of crop losses and unpaid debts, farm activist Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti claimed today.
Six recent victims are Maroti Rangari(village-Akola in Yavatmal),santosh waghade(village-dhoki in Yavatmal), dipak patil (village-echora in Yavatmal), pankaj misalkar (village-Apri in wardha),dipak kale(village-deualgoan in Buldhana) and sudhakar Mahadole(village-Khiskuti in chandrapr) earlier on 20th Feb. the farm victims were identified as Gajanan Khandare of Khillari in Amravati, Laxman Divare of Hivlani in Yavatmal, Shankar Shende of Torgoan in Chandrapur and Bhika Kawale of Kesapur in Buldhana . the sudeen increase in farm suicides numbers has clear indication of mounting debt and existing acute despair and distress in vidarbha region where all villages are under drought and farmers are facing starvation and this a jump in agrarian distress is only result of too little and very late relief measures by the government and apathy of central Govt, towards the vidarbha crisis has been adding fuel in farm suicide spiral ,Tiwari alleged.
When this year Maharashtra the government officially declared that 60% of its villages were facing a severe drought of the century affecting almost 90 lakh farmers in state 23,811 of the state's 39,453 villages come in this category after complete kharif crop has been damaged adding fueled to existing farm crisis in the region where the highest number of farmer’s suicides reported in the country hence to address the very acute issue of farmers suicides it is critical time for Indian Govt to provide time bound budgetary allocation to address agrarian crisis on with complete focus on credit ,cost and crop issues which are only responsible rural economic crisis but even after humiliating defeat in recent New Delhi election finance minister announcement to continue economic reforms forth coming budget unlikely to adderss core issues of Indian rural crisis, Tiwari added.
VJAS has insisted finance ministry to provide much needed integrated plan which will the major demands of the farmers include- minimum support price (MSP) for cotton and soybean to match the cost of production with a 50 % profit margin, new crop loan to farmers after waiving their existing debt dues, bringing new technology in agriculture and irrigation. the provisions Financial assistance for farm widows and higher education facilities to their wards along with food security and health security to distressed agrarian community should to part such solution plan which will stand in line with promises given by PM Modiji, Tiwari added in letter to Indian Finance minster .