VIDARBHA JAN ANDOLAN SAMITI
11, Trisaran Society, In front of Somalwar School, Khamla, Nagpur – 440 025
Tel No. (0712) 2282457 Mob No. 9422108846 / 9371137653 / 9373121947
Ref-loan waiver Crisis-2008
9 more vidarbha farm suicides in april too:distressed farmers failed to get relief ,
Nagpur- Dated-6th april2008
The announcement of Indian finance Minister P.chitambram to provide loan waiver up to 2 hector has brought despondency and gloom in vidarbha cotton region as most effected debt trapped 90% farm families are not being covered in loan waiver package due to 2 hector limit cap as average land holding on record in rain fed and dry land farming area of west vidarbha is 2.4 hector resulting 9 more farm suicides in last three days of april-2008 ,recent victims are
1.PANDURANG SURPAM IN YAVATMAL
2.SANTOSH GOPAWAR IN YAVATMAL
3.ARUN NAMDEO HADE IN BULDHANA
4.SURSHABHAN RATHODE IN YAVATMAL
5.DHYANABA BORKAR INWASHIM
6. UDHHAO SIRASKAR IN AKOLA
7.RAMDAS CHINCHOLKAR IN AKOLA
8.SURESH LONAGARE IN BULDHANA
9.RAJESH TEKADE IN AKOLA
Taking this 9 farm suicides in total 255 have committed suicides as per reports published in local media kishor tiwari of vidarbha jan andolan samiti informed in a press note today.
vidarbha grarian crisis which has reported around 36,600 cotton farmers suicides since 1995 after the free trade era has started . Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti(VJAS) who are the unsung custodian of agrarian crisis has asked has apposed the condition of 2 hector in laon waiver package and urged to give loan waiver to all farmers with out any limit of land or crop loan limit as this will cover all debt trapped distress farmers and VJAS also demanded that only loan waiver will not address that issue unless and until the fresh five credit cycle is given to all farmers and income base package to farmers hence cost of cotton is as important as debt crisis are hence cotton price is the issue is too important ti address the vidarbha agrarian crisis,kishor tiwari added.
VJAS to urged integrated relief package to vidarbha agrarian crisis
Recently it was told by UPA chairperson smt.sonia Gandhi that loan waiver limit of 2 hector will be increased up to 5 hector for vidarbha cotton farmers but now it is learnt that union agriculture minister sharad pawar ,finance minister P.C. and monteksingh aluwalia has been trying level best not make any changes in announced loan waiver as govt. is finding difficlu to fulfil the first one which already announced hence main denad of distress cotton farmers for complete loan waiver of in rain fed suicide porn district of west vidarbha alongwith food security ,health security,rural employment,value addition project and market facility with govt. intervention on price front are likely to be shown dustbin,tiwari added.
VJAS has been demanding since 2006 that cotton belt of vidarbha should be decleared "GM free" organic zone as recommended by national commission of farmer (NCF).Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti(VJAS) in letter to Indian finance minister p.chidambram asked to provide special budgetary allocation to redress hardship of dying farmers and provide solution to agrarian crisis in light with new national farmer policy .Issue of prevailing distress in the agrarian community is very serious as year 2007 has reported much more farm suicides in other region of Maharashtra too, kishor tiwari of Vidarbha Jan andolan Samiti informed today in press note.
VJAS urged FM the issue of providing credit and cost cover to dying cotton farmers are vital due increase in higher subsidies and instability in cost hence price stabilization fund is needed along with complete loan waiver and regulated credit supply from state controlled Banks. the step to reduce the input cost of cultivation the regulator for seed and pesticide is must.
The provision to provide insurance cover to cash crop on village level ,the direct food security ,health care security and rural employment growth in agrarian crisis prone should be given special budgetary allocation in order to stop on going farmers suicides.
VJAS has apposed administration's another formula to giving interest waiver and short loan waiver to small marginal farmers land holding up to 2 hector or so . "this will be mockery of loan waiver demand of debt trapped distressed cotton farmers as this loan waiver will not cover more than 60 thousand farmers out of 12 lacs 80 thousands debt trapped suicide prone farmers" kishor tiwari of vidarbha jan andolan samiti informed today in press note.
VJAS has requested finance minister to start NFSM (National food security mission) and special outlay of RKVY(Rashtriya krishi vikas yojana) along with a comprehensive policy for land rights to landless, marginal farmers and tribals cultivating barren land for vidarbha and the demand to allocate dedicated funds on the lines of AIBP for farm ponds, community tanks and give incentives to farmers/villages who/which harness water but nobody in the administration is serious over the vidarbha agrarian crisis ,tiwari added. .
Please release this pres note
For VIDARBHA JAN ANDOLAN SAMITI