Five more vidarbha farmer killed themselves commits suicides reported in 48 Hours – Maharashtra Govt. apathy adding fuel to vidarbha agrarian crisis
Nagpur- Dated 29rd July 2011
Five ill fated vidarbha farmers’ suicides reported in last 48 hours giving serious indication of another trigger of farm suicide spiral as 17 more debt trapped farmers suicides already reported in last ten days taking official toll 453 in year 2011 alone, Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti informed in press release today.
As per national media report in last two days five farmers namely
1.Babaulal Pawar of Sakha-Tanda in Yavatmal
2.Divakar Wankhede In Gond Buranda in Yavatmal
3.Sudam Rathode Of Vargandi in Yavatmal
4.Anil Dhonge of Bhilapur in Amaravati
5.Onkar Paraskar of Talki in Buldhana
Earlier in last seven days farm suicides reported are
6.Natthu Zade of Village Wadgoan in Yavatmal
7.Kisan Rathode of Village Pophali in Yavatmal
8.Raju Sangale of Village Arada in Amaravati
9.Mohan Bhakare of Vadner in Amaravati
10.Krupalu Nareddy of Village Mangatola inGondia
11.Kisan Mane of Village Chatari in Yavatmal
12.Pushottam Galaskar of Chavsala in Amaravati
13.Tukaram Ingale of Alegoan in Akola ,
14.Anil Tandilkar of village Ukapati in Amaravatit
15.Subhash Kasdekar of village Ranamalur in Amaravatit
16.Ramesh Jumade of Achalpur in Amaravati
17.Anandrao Khande of viallge Tawashi In Bhandara
In these 17 farm suicides main cotton growing area of west vidarbha Amaravati and Yavatmal include 7 and 6 as these ill-fated farmers have been debt trapped and denied legitimate bank credit too ,most of farmers were forced to do re sowing due bogus seed and erratic delayed rain, Tiwari informed
“Even after vidarbha farm suicide spiral restarted administration has failed to provide any relief to dying vidarbha farmers, as per Govt. order collector of respective district has visit family of farmer who committed suicide and submit it’s report to state administration but till today non of officer has visited the door step of ill fated farmer ,leave apart the collector that very unfortunate ”Tiwari said.
“In Maharashtra ginners and traders are holding more than one million cotton bales as Govt. has put export cap cotton and price are much below the Minimum Support Price
(MSP) which is Rs.3300/- per quintal where ruling congress party and it’s partner NCP has demanded Rs.5000/-per quintal along with lifting all export restriction on cotton but central UPA Govt. has completely ignored vidarbha cotton farmers demand resulting in more and more farm suicides hence on going farm suicides or not simple suicide they are mass genocide done by where civil society is completely salient ”Tiwari alleged
The reason of despair and distress which has forced these farmers for committing suicides is the delayed erratic rain and frequent re-sowing, economic losses due to cotton price rescission and NBARD action to Stall the Agri. Credit to under section 11 to district coop banks (DCB) through ill-fated and bankrupt MS co-op Bank .
‘day by day ground situation is getting gloomy but non of senior official has visited the ill-fated families more over administration failed to address crisis and provide any relief to these dying vidarbha farmer’s families hence we heavy asked Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithiraj Chavan to visit vidarbha and provide relief to distressed farmers in order to stop these on going farm suicides which can be avoided to healing touch from Govt.,but nobody is giving any serious attention to our repeated appeals for the same” Tiwari added.
‘It was July 2006 when Indian Prime Minister visited agrarian crisis prone western vidarbha and announced special relief package of Rs.3750 crore in which the interest waiver of Rs.1080 crore and gave extended Agri. Credit of Rs.2500 crore promising to make it double in next three years but all promises were kept on paper and bankers reduced Agri. Credit for short crop loan has been further reduced to 50% forcing Indian to announce complete loan waiver of Rs.71,000 crore in march 2008 but vidarbha farmers were intentionally kept out this loan waiver and farmers suicides in the cotton cultivating region till continued as non-professional attitude and non-cooperation of bankers the complete exercise of loan waiver has been failed and crop loan amount in last five year reduced to 50% whereas cultivation cost has increased in multifold thanks to skyrocketing prices of Bt.Cotton Seed ,Fertilizer and pesticides and labor ” Tiwari said
As per district administration reports now it’s official crop loan disbursement is less than 50% in comparison to last year disbursement .there is huge cry in vidarbha for fresh crop loan to all illegible farmers but bankers are facing liquidity crunch due to insufficient fund sanctioned by apex bank NABARD even after Dr.Sudhir Goyal promised us as credit flow in Rs.510 crore in first week of July and another installment of Rs.500 crore since 12th July but nothing has happened and crop loan is till standstill due technical issues after RBI twisted the irregularities and scam of existing directors of MSC Bank .vidarbha farmers suffering due default of western Maharashtra sugar lobby this is most unfortunate hence we demand intervention of central Govt. arrange crop loan disbursement to dying vidarbha farmers” Tiwari added.
“We have urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithiraj Chavan visit the vidarbha and look at the integrated agrarian problems of cotton grower which is related to credit, minimum support price(MSP) and stringent export restrictions which is accumulating the distress sand despair resulting in farmers suicides ” Tiwari added.