Vidarbha reports Six more Aid Starved Farmers Suicides in last 48 Hours
Dated-11 march 2015
Highly media hyped healing houch of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis to distressed farmers of agrarian crisis-hit vidarbha region failed to address the existing despair and distress and six more innocent aid starved dying farmers killed themselves in last 48 hours identified as Amar Pawar of village Tarnoli and Prashnat Ingole of village Mukundpur in Yavatmal district ,Prabhakar Kasar of Neri and Ramesh Bhelkar of Muradgoan in Wardha and Gajanan Ambhore of Murti in Buldhana & Motiram Bobade of Lakhamapur in Chandrapur taking toll to Vidarbha farm suicide 132 in year 2015 , Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti’s (VJAS) president Kishore Tiwari said in a statement today demanding a waiver of crop loans accompanied by provision of health and food security in the forthcoming state budget, which is to be presented later this month.
“The speech of Maharashtra Governor in Assembly giving road-map the new Govt. has been salient on main causes of farmers suicides which are huge debt and poor unfair market prices of main cash cotton and soybean and Coupled with old and new debts, the successive crop failures and family responsibilities, many farmers have committed suicide. In the budget, we are hoping the government will put forth some concrete proposals to benefit the farmers,” Tiwari said.
VJAS has urged Finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar should consider extending benefits of the Antyodaya food subsidy and employment guarantee schemes, which can help the distressed farmers in the state as he is from agrarian crisis ridden vidarbha region was himself demanding same to Cong.-NCP Govt.,Tiwari said.
This year, around nine million farmers have suffered following spells of drought, unseasoned rains and hailstorms and other problems, which resulted in massive crop failure.
The hopes from the state budget are especially high since the farmers were disappointed after finding no announcement for the farm sector in the Union Budget presented last week, he observed.
This year, the Maharashtra government has acknowledged that of the 39,453 villages in the state, a whopping 24,810 are drought hit, adding to the farmers’ woes, the activist added.
Recent door to door survey done by administration in January 2015 of around 2 million Vidarbha farmers of six district Amravati division where more than 11,000 thousands cotton farmers committed suicide in last 15 years mostly having dry-land and drought prone climatic conditions .Survey has reveled shocking fact that 13 lacs 60,000 thousands farmers are in found in distress out of which around 4 lacs 50,000 are found in deep distress and any small shock can trigger these farmers to opt extremity ,Tiwari added.
The administration warned the Govt in the survey report these 4.5 lacs farm familes who are classified as in acute distress type A are prone to suicide if causes of distress and despair are not addressed ,the major reasons of distress is mounting debt as survey revealed that around 93 % farmers are in debt and issues of heavy losses due to crop failure and low market price of cotton ,critical health, daughter’s marriage, educational expenses and unemployment,Tiwari added.