Distressed vidarbha farmers likely to be left out of relief package
Nagpur-29th December 2008
With the Lok Sabha and assembly elections around the corner, the
The latest package is likely to cost between Rs 7,000 crore and Rs 10,000 crore, and benefit 2.7 million farmers mostly from the west maharashtra .The discussion on the Opposition sponsored debate on agriculture distress in the state began last week and Chief Minister Ashok Chavan is expected to reply to the discussion on 30th December . In the course of his reply, he is likely to announce the package, kishore tiwari of VJAS said.
The high number of farmer suicides from the six cotton growing districts of the Vidarbha region was one of the major reasons that compelled the central government to announce the loan waiver package. However, majority of the farmers from Vidarbha got no benefit from the package as it was given to farmers having less than 5 acres or 2 hectares of land.
Traditionally, Vidarbha has a higher number of landholdings compared with the
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Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti