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NAGPUR: Even as the DF government celebrated its third anniversary of assuming power, 10 more farmers from Vidarbha committed suicide in the last 48 hours, the Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, which has been documenting the region's agrarian crisis along with farmers' suicides, has claimed.
Criticising the rosy picture presented by chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh about the success of a special package meant to bail out distressed farmers of Vidarbha, VJAS convener Kishore Tiwari has alleged that the reality was quite the contrary.
According to VJAS, those farmers who committed suicide over the last two days include: Ramkisan Gautre (Yavatmal), Kishor Kaitwar (Akola), Thawara Rathode (Yavatmal), Yashwant Mate (Bhandara), Maroti Raut (Gadchiroli), Rajendra Godkhande (Wardha), Rangrao Bawane (Amravati), Kisan Rathode (Yavatmal), Sanjay Dhakare (Akola) and Parasram Chavan (Buldhana).
The VJAS has claimed that the figure of farmer suicides in 2007 in Vidarbha's in six suicide-hit districts has reached 988.
Tiwari also alleged that the delay on the government's part for complete loan waiver for the farmers―as proposed by Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar―was driving distressed farmers to end their lives.
On its part, the Maharashtra government has in principle agreed to give Rs 1,500 per hectare to maximum to five hectare relief to all cotton growers, yet there has been a delay in executing the decision, Tiwari alleged.
"If the government is serious about saving Vidarbha's farmers, then it should act fast," Tiwari said while reacting to the appointment of another probe panel on Vidarbha's farmer suicides.
"Loan waiver is a part of the relief but not a complete solution to Vidarbha's agrarian crisis. Issues related to the cotton price and sustainable farming along with Food Crop Promotion Programme have to be implemented," Tiwari added.
VIDARBHA JANANDOLAN SAMITI
B.E. (Mech.Engg.), M.B.A., LL.B., M.A. (Pub. & Admn.), M.A. Sociology,
M.I.S. (USA), Fellow - I.E.H., Fellow – Institution of Engineers (India)-
Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti is fighting for the cause of common man since 1998.
Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti is constantly pursuing its battle on various fronts like –
PUBLIC ISSUES :
2.Mal nutrition of Tribals.
3.Plights of Rural economy
5.Right to Food
6.Right to Education
7.Problems of Minorities
8.Issue of Separate Statehood to Vidarbha
THE EFFECT OF MOVEMENT :
The continued follow up and Jan Andolans of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti has resulted in many success broadly classified as –
1.Waiver of small farmers crop loans
2.interest remission to marginal farmers
3.right to food to the lacs of tribals.
4.Primary Education to every rural students.
6.BPL benefits to thousands of poor families.
7.Justice to unwed mothers