Last Updated: 20:40 IST(25/2/2012)
The Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had announced a special bailout package of Rs 3750-crore for the crisis-ridden farmers of Vidarbha while the state pumped over Rs 5,000-crore for the distressed farmers time to time. However, these packages failed to stem the farmers’ suicide so far.
According to the reports reaching here on Saturday, two more farmers have ended their lives because in the last 24 hours in the region. They have been identified as Pandurang Meshram (64) of Karanwadi in Yavatmal district and Jemlal Dila (50), a farmer from Shirpur-Bandh in Gondia district. Meshram hanged himself while Jemlal committed suicide by swallowing pesticide.
“Crippled with debts, both of these marginal farmers could not repay the crop loans this season due to crop failure and were scared that they would not get fresh loans in the ensuing kharif season. This frustration led them to take the extreme step,” claimed Kishore Tiwari, president of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti, a farm pressure group which has been documenting farmers’ suicides since 2001.
The figures are really very alarming and the prime minister should provide a long-term solution to the crisis, said Tiwari.
Despite special packages and loan waiver, nothing has changed on the ground and dry-land farmers have very little hope to get remunerative price and make agricultural activity sustainable, he further said.