Tuesday, December 31, 2013

VJAS welcome AAP decision of Free Water and Power Tariff cut –Urged Maharashtra Chief Minister to follow ‘AAP’

VJAS welcome AAP decision of Free Water and Power Tariff cut –Urged Maharashtra Chief Minister to follow ‘AAP’
Nagpur -1st January 2014
Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) activist group who is working for rights of dying cotton farmers and food staved tribal of eastern part of Maharashtra has welcomed Delhi AAP Chief Minister  Arvind Kejriwal to his historic decision to subsidies  water and power  which has largely been privatized and is being operated under word bank and free trade era of globalization  since 1991 and supported by policies of UPA and  NDA parties  allowing corporate houses to exploit common man which is being strongly protested throughout country wherever water and power distribution is handed over  private players who are just taking people on ride having made unholy alliance with both  congress and BJP  hence in order to save congress party led ‘Progressive Front Govt.’ of Neo-globalization brand ambassador  Prathviraj Chavan form humiliating defeat in next election PDF Govt. of Maharashtra is humbly urged to give free water and subsidies electricity for poor families under BPL as done by Haryana congress Govt., Kishore Tiwari of VJAS informed in press release . 
‘When Delhi Govt. with merely with Rs.4000/- crore budget can take decision then state like Maharashtra where annul tax revenue collection is crossing Rs. one lakh sixty thousand crore  can take decision to give subsidy to local bodies and electric companies to give free water and free power to poor and tribal without going for budget provisioning  as  state has failed to utilize feed and kerosene subsidy and center welfare fund to larger extend for direct benefit to poor  hence this is good chance Maharashtra Govt. CM to restore his credibility lost to scarping of ‘Adarsh Scam  Report’, Tiwari added.
 
‘Water-Power Distribution’ is National Issue –AAP decision to Impact UPA-NDA Pro-Globalization Policies
 AAP Govt. which has initiated free water and power tariff cut as fulfillment of election manifesto but this will have larger impact  pro-liberalization agenda forced by world Bank which is asking  center and states to cut subsidies on water-power-fuel and private these most essential service to corporate houses and both main leading national parties congress and BJP will have to rethink their model of development instrumented by ‘US-WORLD BANK-WTO-IMF’ and this is good beginning and move toward the real independence hence we welcome AAP decision and urged all states should follow it mainly BJP ruled states who have kept their PM candidate in waiting to avoid ‘India shining-2004’ experience, Tiwari added. 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

हिवाळी अधिवेशनात विदर्भातील शेतकर्‍यांच्या सर्व मागण्या केराच्या टोपलीत-विदर्भ जनआंदोलन समिती-तरुण भारत

 हिवाळी अधिवेशनात विदर्भातील शेतकर्‍यांच्या सर्व मागण्या केराच्या टोपलीत-विदर्भ जनआंदोलन समिती-तरुण भारत 

तारीख: 21 Dec 2013 21:34:55
undefinedअधिवेशन संपले; थट्टा नाही!, कास्तकारांना ठेवले आत्महत्येस मोकळे, विदर्भ जनआंदोलन समितीची संतप्त प्रतिक्रिया
तभा वृत्तसेवा
यवतमाळ, २१ डिसेंबर
राज्य विधिमंडळाच्या नागपूर हिवाळी अधिवेशनाचे सूप शुक्रवारी वाजले. मात्र, विदर्भातील आत्महत्याग्रस्त शेतकर्‍यांचे ज्वलंत प्रश्‍न याही अधिवेशनात उपेक्षितच ठेवण्यात आले. मुख्यमंत्र्यांनी विदर्भावरील वक्रदृष्टी कायम ठेवून शेतकर्‍यांच्या सर्व मागण्यांना कचर्‍याच्या टोपलीत टाकत नैराश्यग्रस्त शेतकर्‍यांना आत्महत्या करण्यास मोकळे सोडले आहे, अशी संतप्त प्रतिक्रिया विदर्भ जनआंदोलन समितीचे अध्यक्ष किशोर तिवारी यांनी व्यक्त केली आहे.
विधिमंडळाच्या हिवाळी अधिवेशनात कॉंग्रेसच्या नेतृत्वातील आघाडी सरकार कापूस व सोयाबीन उत्पादकांच्या प्रमुख मागण्यांकडे लक्ष देईल, असे वाटले होते. मुख्यमंत्री पृथ्वीराज चव्हाण सरकारचे हे शेवटचे अधिवेशन असल्यामुळे निवडणुकीवर डोळा ठेवून ते दिलासा देतील, अशी अपेक्षा होती. परंतु तीदेखील फोल ठरली आहे, असे तिवारी यांनी म्हटले आहे.
कापूस व सोयाबीनच्या हमी भावातील फरक बोनस म्हणून जाहीर करावा, सक्तीचे भारनियमन आणि वीज पंपाची तोड ३१ मार्चपर्यंत स्थगित करावी, सरकारने घोषित केलेली ३ हजार कोटींची नापिकी आणि पूरपीडितांची मदत त्वरित वाटण्यात यावी आणि बँकांची दारे बंद झालेल्या ३० लाख शेतकर्‍यांना सावकारी पाशातून मुक्त करण्यासाठी नव्याने पीक कर्जमाफी द्यावी, या वैदर्भीय शेतकर्‍यांच्या मागण्या होत्या. मात्र या मागण्यांकडे सत्ताधार्‍यांनी पाठ फिरवली, याकडे तिवारी यांनी लक्ष वेधले.
महाराष्ट्रातील कॉंग्रेस आघाडी सरकारने गेल्या दहा वर्षांत विदर्भाच्या शेतकरी व आदिवासींच्या मूळ प्रश्‍नाकडे पूर्णपणे दुर्लक्ष केले आहे. शेतकरी व आदिवासींच्या नावावर सुमारे ३० हजार कोटी रुपयांची उधळपट्टी करण्यात आली असून, त्यामध्ये ऐतिहासिक भ्रष्टाचार झाला आहे. सावकाराच्या जाळ्यात फसलेल्या शेतकर्‍यांची सावकारापासून मुक्तता करण्यातही या सरकारला, या नागपूर हिवाळी अधिवेशनात अपयशच आले असल्याचे तिवारी यांनी म्हटले आहे.
सरकारने नागपूर अधिवेशनात,‘ विदर्भात उद्योग येतील, सिंचन प्रकल्प येतील आणि सूतगिरण्या येतील,’ अशा मवाळ घोषणा पुन्हा एकदा केल्या. मात्र, या सरकारने शेतकर्‍यांच्या मूळ समस्या, कापसाला ६ हजार रुपये आणि सोयाबीनला ५ हजार रुपये प्रतिक्विंटल भाव देण्याकडे पूर्णपणे दुर्लक्ष केले. शेतकर्‍यांच्या मागण्यांसंदर्भात विरोधकांनीही केलेला पाठपुरावा गोंधळातच गेला असल्याकडेही त्यांनी लक्ष वेधले आहे.
सरकारने गेल्या ५ वर्षांत स्वामिनाथन् समिती व नरेंद्र जाधव समिती यांच्या शिफारशींमध्ये असलेल्या मागण्यांकडेही दुर्लक्ष केले आहे. या समित्यांनी शिफारस केलेल्या शेतकर्‍यांना बँकांकडून कर्ज, कोरडवाहू शेतकर्‍यांना अन्न सुरक्षा, आरोग्य सुरक्षा, त्यांच्या मुलांना मोफत शिक्षण या मागण्याही सरकार पूर्ण करू शकले नाही आणि विरोधक पूर्ण करून घेऊ शकले नाही, हे दुर्भाग्यच होय, असेही तिवारी यांनी म्हटले आहे.

एकीकडे सरकार ३ हजार कोटींची मदत दिल्याचे जाहीर करते, जिल्हाधिकारीही शेकडो कोटींची मदत आल्याचे कबूल करतात. मात्र, त्याच शेतकर्‍यांची पैसेवारी ५० टक्क्यांच्या वर काढून त्यांना मदतीपासून वंचित ठेवतात. हा सर्वच प्रकार शेतकरी व आदिवासींना निराशेच्या गर्तेतच लोटणारा आहे. महाराष्ट्र सरकार नागपूर अधिवेशनात विदर्भातील उपेक्षित शेतकरी, वंचित आदिवासी व बेरोजगार युवकांच्या मूळ प्रश्‍नांना कधीच गंभीरपणे घेत नाहीत, हे आणखी एकदा सिद्ध झाले असल्याचे तिवारी यांनी म्हटले आहे.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Maharashtra Govt. ignored Vidarbha Agrarian Crisis in Nagpur Session

Maharashtra Govt. ignored Vidarbha Agrarian Crisis in Nagpur Session
NAGPUR: 21st December 2013
The complete apathy CM Prithviraj Chavan and hostile stage managed working of main opposition has ignore in vidarbha farmers and tribal crisis in recently concluded Nagpur session of winter Maharashtra assembly as more than around 5 million dry land farmers are in despair and distress due massive crop failure of main cash crop cotton and soybean is facing main problem of load shedding and on going drive of disconnecting agri. pump power supply  from MSEDL, issue of support and bonus to cotton and soybean growers ,restoration fresh bank credit to all defaulters who are in debt-trap of private moneylenders  and Disbursement relief package to tune of Rs.3480 crore since august 2013,Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) informed today, urging Govt. to provide aid to tackle very pathetic situation to give healing touch to dying farming community which is crying for food, medicine and relief aid ,Tiwari added.

‘As this was last Nagpur session on Maharashtra assembly before general election and assembly election, it was expected that the core issues of agrarian crisis, tribal malnutrition, non-functional public distribution system and rural power and massive unemployment crisis will be focused but concrete announcement will be made but nothing happened more over same announcement of MIHAN Project, textile park, competition of pending irrigation projects has disappointed the agrarian community and tribal of vidarbha who are dying due to starvation or committing suicides due to mounting debt and successive crop failure as winter session of Maharashtra assembly is in progress it was expected that CM should visit crisis hit region and discuss the progress over relief disbursement and review the relief rehabilitation of victims but he just attended state functions and hardship of masses were ignored ,it happened as main opposition parties were not keen to get issues resolved to logical conclusions even state has not implemented Dr.Narendra Jadhav committee recommendation more failed to get through the anti-money lending laws approved from central  ” Tiwari said.

When vidarbha cotton and soybean farmers are committing suicides three farmers a day since 2005 and this year historic excessive rain and flood causing crop failure ,they are crying for higher support price @Rs.6000/- and @Rs.5000/- for cotton and soybean but not only   CM Prithviraj Chavan but union agriculture minister sharad Pawar were managing to get bailout package from centre to tune of Rs.8000 crore with help of main opposition parties that has made mockery of serious issue and there is growing unrest in the vidarbha region against all political parties who are sharing power with out addressing basic issues of dying masses will result in opting third alternative ,Tiwari warned. 


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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

US protest reaches rural part of India-Burnt Effigy of US president demanding unconditional Apology

US protest reaches rural part of India-Burnt Effigy of US president demanding unconditional Apology 
Nagpur 18th     December 2013
Recent over the arrest and humiliation of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade has getting bigger "national outrage" as farmers in remote western part of Maharashtra region vidarbha burnt effigy of US president Barack Obama demanding unconditional apology and withdrawal of criminal cases against Devyani Khobragade who is from Maharashtra . 

‘we are shocked to know ground reality and treatment to  Indian lady diplomat who has immunity,is treated like hardcore criminal when US jurisprudence allows special procedure for dealing white collar crime and we term this as  US racism and justification of US administration to needless action to Indian  lady diplomat who was handcuffed -paraded and put in custody with sex-workers and drug peddler is highly objectionable and this is US terror will receive larger protest and vidarbha farmers will boycott American seed and agrarian input which is main reason farmers suicides in the region, Kishore Tiwari of farm activist group vidarbha janandolan samiti informed in press release today .
‘we are worried about  her and her children's safety and preserve the dignity of the IFS, which was "unquestionably under siege as there are  reports that Khobragade had been strip-searched and her DNA swab taken and this voilation of  Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) and  this is a sensitive issue for many in India more over the recent remark of the US Marshals Service  that "standard arrestee intake procedures" were followed has fuel more fire to protest’ Tiwari added.

US MNCs  are involved in unfair trade practices and they are responsible for on going cotton farmers genocide but Indian Govt. is not only protesting them but also acting as touts same US officials  are treating out diplomats like criminals as US terror that can not be tolerated more Indian should ban all US MNCs till unconditional apology and restoration Indian prestige is not done ,farmers demanded. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Vidarbha Farmers to protest CM’s Tomorrow Yavatmal Visit

Vidarbha reports four more farm suicides during ‘Nagpur Session’-Farmers to protest CM’s Tomorrow Yavatmal Visit

NAGPUR: 14th December 2013

First four days of Nagpur session of winter Maharashtra assembly, innocent victim of Govt. apathy has added four more debt-trapped farmers suicide in agrarian crisis hit vidarbha, they are
1. Ramesh zarkar of village chandapur in chnadrapur
2. Chandraprakash kadskar of village chikhali in chandrapur
3. Praful rajurkar of village mauda in yavatmal
4. Manohar maske of village kurja in bhandara

taking total tally 742 in 2013 in vidarbha as flood and excessive rain has damaged crop in more than one million hector and around 5 million dry land farmers are in despair and distress due massive crop failure of main cash crop cotton and soybean but till date even after announcement after announcement of relief package to tune of Rs.3480 crore since august 2013 ,dying farmers have not received relief aid  resulting farmers suicides and CM Prithviraj Chavan of Maharashtra is spending lakhs of rupees on functions hence hundreds of  crisis hit farmers of yavatmal districts will protest his visit on 15th December to open new check post at village Pimpalkhutti(180 KM from Nagpur) on AP-Telangana border, the same villages and more than 100 villages which were worst hit due flood in july-august this year  of Penganga river till not received any aid even after union agriculture minister sharad pawar visited same village  on 12th September this year  which shows apathy of Maharashtra administration that we want echo before the Maharashtra CM ,Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) informed today, urging Govt. to provide aid to tackle very pathetic situation to give healing touch to dying farming community which is crying for food, medicine and relief aid .

‘We will protest before same to draw his attention to the core issues of the farming community as  sudden slash in procurement prices of both cotton   and soybean by the cartel of traders on the ground of quality  ,has increased huge economic losses and farmers who protesting the traders cartel are being send to jail whi is adding fuel in to crisis and central Govt. relief announcement of Rs.922 crore has added fuel to the agrarian crisis as this is too little to  compensate the huge losses of crop and properties ,has increased despair and distress as all announcements are turning out to be hoax for example in August Maharashtra Chief Minister announced Rs.2000 crore relief aid but till date nothing has been released as there are more than 5 million  crisis effected farmers and others hence it is obvious  this aid is peanut hence vidarbha farmers and farmers are pressing  demands compensation to tune of actual losses ,higher support price for cotton and soybean i.e. @ Rs.6000/ quintal and @5000/quintal, ” Tiwari said.


As winter session of Maharashtra assembly is in progress it is expected that CM should visit crisis hit region and discuss the progress over relief disbursement and review the relief rehabilitation of victims but he is just attending state functions and hardship of masses are ignored if same apathy is continued congress will have pay cost hostile functioning in 2014 general election, Tiwari said  


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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

VJAS moves SEBI-RBI Against ‘ Wasankar –Stavik- Shreesurya Groups’ Ponzi Scheme Resulting Rs.10,000 crore Scam


VJAS moves SEBI-RBI Against  ‘ Wasankar –Stavik- Shreesurya Groups’ Ponzi Scheme Resulting Rs.10,000 crore Scam
Nagpur- 12th december 2013
The recent reported scams of so called Wealth Management and Investment companies of Dr.prashant wasankar ,Amol Dhake and Sameer Jodhi titled Wasankar,Shreesurya and Satvik by floating illegal ponzi schemes promising 2 to 3 % monthly interest  rate in which more than 50,000 investors lost their hard earn money now activist group approached financial regulator SEBI/RBI for urgent intervention and criminal prosecution as most of the these self-styled companies neither registered with Reserve Bank of India or Securities Exchange Board of India nor permitted by RBI to collect deposits by issuing fake promissory notes and deposits receipts as these companies are not registered as a Non Banking Financial Company (NBFC) with  permission to collect deposits from public and it is illegal as registered NBFC's vide notification no 118 under the Acceptance of Public Deposit Rules 1998  hence thss Group’s  running illegal money multiplying schemes and has started defaulting on repayments for the last some months,need SEBI/RBI urgent intervention hence this official complaint ,Kishor tiwari of Vidarbha Jandolan  Samiti informed in press release today
It is widely reported that these  Wasankar, Shreesurya and  Satvik  groups collects deposits in  serious violation of Companies Act, Income Tax Act, regulations of SEBI and RBI and also Maharashtra Stamp Duty Act. Therefore, as responsible activist, we demand that Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of SEBI/RBI  should immediately order a detailed probe into the affairs of these uncontrolled state protected illegal financials misdeeds   to put a check on similar ponzi investment scheme operators in the country ,Tiwari added.
There are shocking reports that these self styled wealth management companies neither acquired nor applied for requisite qualification certificates and permissions to function as portfolio manager and for collecting public deposits from Reserve Bank of India and Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI), these companies are  accepting deposits in his firms' names and also is promising two and half times and three times returns in two and half and four years respectively with taking any legal permission moreover these companies are  Functioning as Portfolio Manager claiming to  advise their  clients about investment in stock markets, mutual funds, government securities, debentures, gold and other precious metals, commodity exchanges but there are not controlled by anyn regulators not permitted by SEBI/RBI/BSE/NSE but they are doing activities openly hence we are moving SEBI/RBI FOR urgetn action ,Tiwari added.
According to an estimate over 50,000 persons have invested between ` 10,000 crore to  15,000 crore in Ponzi schemes floated by Dr.prashant wasankar ,Amol Dhake and Sameer Jodhi titled Wasankar, Shreesurya and Satvik companies . These are innocent victims of  evil designs and their money needs to be protected. SEBI should initiate a probe into illegal activities of these  businesses.RBI also should open an inquiry against these companies  for not acquiring license to function as Non Banking Finance Company (NBFC) and illegally collecting deposits from public,Tiwari said


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Give relief to 3 Million Dying Distressed Vidarbha Farmers-VJAS


VJAS  urged for urgent relief for Dying Distressed Vidarbha Farmers
NAGPUR: 9TH December 2013
All earlier announcement of Maharashtra   Chief Minister Prithviraj  Chavan of giving relief package of Rs.1980 crore in august  followed union agriculture minister sharad pawar central relief package of Rs.940 crore in October but till administration has not given single paisa to distressed debt trapped 3 million vidarbha farmers hence we are requesting Maharashtra to arrange urgent disbursement of relief aid without making further any announcement of relief package in Nagpur winter session as vidarbha has reported more than 324 farmers suicides since CM announcement of first relief package taking tally  734 in year 2013  , kishore Tiwari  of  Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS)  informed in press release today .
”we are shocked to see step motherly treatment to vidarbha farmers when same Govt. is  keen to provide relief western Maharashtra sugarcane farmers who all asking for better price and we support their demand but at the same time vidarbha farmers are off loading cotton and soybean in less MSP but same Govt. is showing apathy to issue moreover power load shedding has ruined standing cotton crop in west vidarbha hence we want Maharashtra govt. to respond to the serious agrarian crisis of vidarbha and provide urgent relief as session in Nagpur is to address these issues mainly ” Tiwari said.

   
Vidarbha where more than million acres of land has been eroded and crop lost amounting more than Rs.20,000 crore but announced relief by centre and state for Vidarbha is merge Rs.2800 crore which is too less to repair damaged  roads and bridges on a large scale and need urgent repairs and will need more money for property damage compensation  hence massive crop damages are likely to ignored  as final assessment report  of state govt. has not been submitted and farmers are crying for help, Kishor Tiwari said  

As all announcements are turning out to be hoax for example in August Maharashtra Chief Minister announced Rs.2000 crore relief aid but till date nothing has been released more over local administration is shamelessly is Rs.80 to Rs.100 relief cheque  rubbing the salt on the wounds of dying farmers who lost complete crop, home and cattle as there are more than 3 million  flood effected farmers and others hence it is obvious  this aid is peanut hence vidarbha farmers  are demanding higher support price for cotton and soybean i.e. @ Rs.6000/ quintal and @5000/quintal, ” tiwari added

Earlier too when Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh visited vidarbha on 1st July 2006 for announcing vidarbha relief package of Rs.3750 and he told the farm widows that his visit to give healing touch to distressed farmers  but  all promises given by him went in vain  and complete relief package followed by farm loan waiver failed to address the farm suicide issue failed miserably and his so called ‘Healing Touch’ has given more pain and despair now Indian Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar is on three day “Farm suicide tourism”  with same slogan that his tour is not political one and he is visiting flood hit region to give healing touch to dying farmers but farmers are requesting him not to rub the salt to their wounds by giving to promises and creating rosy picture as it’s trigger more suicide as when PM promise of farm credit ,direct aid and restoration to  sustainable agriculture and livelihood of agrarian community turned to be hoax, Tiwari said. ,
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Vidarbha farmers to protest Maharashtra Govt. move to allows field Trials of GM Crops

Vidarbha farmers to protest  Maharashtra Govt. move to allows field Trials of GM Crops
December 1st 2013
While debate over environment publice health safety impact of introduction and adoption of transgenic crops in the country is still raging and Supreme Court and indian parliament is till considering the critical aspects of serious objection raised by experts Maharashtra Government has cleared field trials of several transgenic crops in at least 28 cases is being strongly opposed  by farm activist group Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti and organized protest on Monday 2nd December ,demanding the withdrawal all 28 NOC given for GM crop trials. Vidarbha cotton farmers will lodge its protest and strong displeasure over the Maharashtra Government’s move of granting NOC to field trials of transgenic crops, VJAS for stopping the trials, will move Central Government as well as the Supreme Court” said Kishor Tiwari of (VJAS) that has been opposing transgenic/genetically modified crops.

Tiwari alleged that Sharad Pawar, Union Agriculture Minister; and Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra have supported multi-national corporations bringing in ‘dangerous’ transgenic crops into Indian markets. “Transgenic food crops pose a great health risk to human beings and also impact the environment adversely. Hence, many developed countries have banned these crops. Now, these companies have entered the Indian scene and they want to create their own monopoly in seeds of various crops. This needs to be opposed,” he said.
According to Tiwari, the committee led by Dr Anil Kakodkar comprised all the ‘pro-Government’ members and hence it took the controversial decision of granting NOC to companies for conducting field trials of transgenic crops, overlooking biosafety aspects and risk to human beings as well as environment. As far as Maharashtra is concerned, he said, Bt Cotton crop had proved to be a great failure and had resulted in suicides of over 10,000 cotton-growers over the past 10 years. “It is beyond comprehension as to why the Government is pushing forth the agenda of transgenic crop companies,” he added.

Earlier last year following a heavy pressure mounted by NGOs and activists, Central Government had directed the agriculture input companies to seek ‘no objection certificate’ (NOC) from the Governments in the States where they wanted to conduct field trials of their transgenic crops. In Maharashtra, there were no guidelines regarding issuance of NOC in such cases. As a result, Maharashtra Government formed a 10-member committee headed by eminent nuclear scientist and Padma Vibhushan Dr Anil Kakodkar but decision has been taken without taking farm expert and environmental expert who are having critical objection over Gm seed hence we are protesting the move, Tiwari added.






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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Vidarbha Farmers to oppose Maharashtra Govt. decision to allow GM Crops Trails

Vidarbha Farmers to oppose Maharashtra Govt. decision to allow  GM  Crops Trails

Nagpur-29th Nov. 2013
3 million debt-trapped distressed cotton farmers who are innocent victims of first genetically modified (GM) crop BT. cotton commercial trials resulting more than 11,000 farmers suicides have strongly opposed recent decision of Maharashtra Govt.  to give permission to 28  proposals to conducts field trials of various GM crops after high-power committee set up to promote GM crops in states  headed by Nuclear scientist  Dr.Anil Kakodkar has cleared the proposals  mostly from unregulated private seed companies having association with American GM seed giant MNC Monsanto which is under scanner and litigations throughout the world for unfair trade practices and charges of promoting Gm crops which are unsafe for health and environment moreover USA based Gm seed company is being blamed for creating seed monopoly and is party to American super power to control ‘Agriculture –food economy’ of the world  hence we urge Maharashtra Govt. to cancel all NOCs given for field trials of GM crops in Maharashtra as this will be converted in commercial trails  Genetically Modified (GM) without making any  a proper regulatory and safety mechanism , Kishore Tiwari President of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS), an activist group working for farmer and demanding ban on GM crop since 2004  said in press release today . 

Earlier the recommendations of  Supreme Court technical expert committee imposing an indefinite moratorium on the field trials of Genetically Modified (GM) crops till the government comes out with a proper regulatory and safety mechanism has upset the game plan American GM seed giant MNC Monsanto to hassle free commercial trails of GM crops hence this is back door entry ewith help of Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prathaviraj Chavan who are very close to these MNCs and strong supporter of GM crop for the reason known to the world but fround reality is western Vidarbha which is  known as farm suicide capital of India after 2004 when Indian Govt.  allowed very rain sensitive Bt.cotton commercial trials which has proved as disaster as Technology was suitable for dry land cotton farmers and successive bt.cotton crop failure and mounting debt has started farm suicide spiral which is till continued and this truth was confirmed by Indian parliamentary committee headed by Basudeo Achaya MP reports too but cartel in Agri. Ministry and close liaison of MNCs  has been able push GM crops even after this vidarbha farmers’ genocide  hence we are indebted with  Supreme Court technical expert committee historic decision”    Kishore Tiwari added.
‘Vidarbha cotton farmers has paid cost  misdeeds done by regulators which  ignored several issues relating to health safety data of GM crops that biotechnology companies had used to obtain approvals aimed at commercial release of the crops without any socio-economic impact study during evaluation, the panel said ,that has confirmed by apex court technical committee hence we want criminal prosecution against concerned who allowed Bt.cotton seed  commercial trails in dry land region of vidrabha where there is no protected irrigation facility  as farmers forced to kill themselves due to massive crop failure and mounting debt converting region as graveyard  or dying field of farmers and tragedy is till continued’ Tiwari added.


“We urge Maharashtra Govt. to scrap proposed GM crop field trails until there is more definitive information from sufficient number of studies as to their long-term safety based on the examination of the safety dossiers, it is apparent that there are major gaps in the regulatory system as it is serious that GM crops for which India is a center of origin like rice, brinjal, and mustard which is being kept on hold which reflects view of the  Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture, in a report August 2012 had asked for ban on GM food crops in the country” Tiwari added.


Monday, November 25, 2013

Maharashtra CM urged to Protect ‘Wasankar Group’s Investors under MPID

Maharashtra CM urged to Protect ‘Wasankar Group’s Investors under MPID

Nagpur dated November 25, 2013
After EOW has arrested directors of ‘Shreesurya Group’ under charges of cheating  of 10 thousand investors from farm crisis hit vidarbha and Marathwada  lured with towering return dumped now another wealth management company floated by Dr.prashant Wasankar is facing same fate  and Nagpur is set to rock with a fresh controversy suspecting another Mega Investment Scam and it is alleged that   wasankar wealth management company has eroded the hard earn money of  more than two thousands innocent  people offering  high dreams of rich future within short span of time as per documents attached with this complaint that Wasankar who is charging huge amount membership amounting more than Rs. One lakh per annum collected more than Rs.2000 crore giving post dated cheques offering around 30% interest on deposit nut now forget the interest investors are finding difficult to get back their own money more over, this firm run Dr.prashant Wasankar  company is not  registered with any regulator under finance ministry or    Reserve Bank of India or Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for collecting such deposits which is illegal as per GOI acts and Mah.state’s money leading act. but nobody has questioned the company as on today  hence Maharashtra Chief Minister Prathiraj Chvan  has been urged to initiate the action under Maharashtra protection of investors deposit act 1999 (MPID)  against  Wasankar Group promoters in order to save these investors ,Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan  Samiti(VJAS)  informed in press release today.
“The grid of investors or depositors to higher return is leading to innocent victimization in which most victims are middle class pensioners hence we are urging CM to have urgent intervention to get back basic capital of these dying old age pensioners as we have received lot complaints that Dr.Prashant Wasankar has denied to pay back capital sighting the reasons of financial crisis hence state should give him financial bailout package  as all illegal activities of Wasankar was promoted and protected by Babus ,police and other hostile pillars of democracy” Letter added.
 In letter to CM it is reported that Dr.Prashant Wasankar  has been working in Nagpur as sub-broker of BSE-NSE capital market since last 23 years ,has earned the confidence of investors to larger extend  and has been writing in local newspapers on wealth creation solutions and arranged investors meet in all metros of India and abroad ,is having active operation  in Australia  and Singapore  but his real activities of  running fishy and illegal deposits schemes offering interest rates more than  1.5%   has been reported in Feb,2013 and when shreesurya scan was reported , cracks to the trust of wasankar developed and investors panic of getting capital money back has  exposed the bankruptcy  of wasankar group and investors realized they have been dumped and cheated by fraudulent misleading investment advices given by Dr.Prashant Wasankar ,has approached VJAS to  get back their hard earn  life time earning hence CM Maharashtra has been urged to intervene in the matter  as local politicians are  covering misdeed of Wasankar ,Tiwari added.
,VJAS has attached promissory notes and cheques given dr. prashant wasankar and Interest chart signed by himself offering the schemes that double the money with 30 months and offering  a membership collecting  Rs lakhs of rupees  then members where asked to give fix deposits and but now investors are demanding the return of the capital  but Dr.Prashant Wasankar has failed to return the money and he has been asking the investors to wait sighting recession in share market and helpless investors are crying before the office of  Wasankar Group  and in the plea to CM of maharashtra VJAS has drawn the attention of administration that all deposits collected by the Wasankar company are illegal and has no legitimate status where as he has been fully protected by local Police Authorities, SEBI, RBI, Govt. of Maharashtra etc. and activities of Wasankar Wealth Management Group    is nothing but money laundering activities and it has international network too, Tiwari  added.

Recently Wasankar Group  illegal activities and bankruptcy  was reported in electronic and print media but administration and police have turned blind eye but now investors are gathering before the of Wasankar Group  office and crying for money but they are finding helpless as administration has turned blind eye to this scam earlier too , last month Sameer Joshi has dumped innocent investors around Rs.240 crore earlier that one  Pramod Agarwal has dumped thousands of investors to tune  of Rs 100 crore on the name of Mahadev Land Developers and  Ullas Khaire had dumped  around 1 lakh people of Rs 1,100 crore and now this Wasankar Group  likely repeat the same story hence we are urging Mah. CM to initiate action under  Maharashtra protection of investors deposit act 1999 (MPID)  against  Wasankar Group  Promoters so that innocent investors hard earn money is protected ,Kishore Tiwari added. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

7 more farmers commit suicide in Vidarbha region- Hindustan Times

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Pradip Kumar Maitra, Hindustan Times
Nagpur, November 22, 2013
Seven farmers have committed suicide in several villages of Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region since Thursday. The deceased were identified as Baburao Rawte, Pramod Potrajwar, Wasaram Rathod and Ramrao Khokle (all from Yavatmal district),  Sanjay Gawande (Washim) and Vinod Mahakulkar and Suresh Ambarwele (both from Wardha district).

Bothbodan village sarpanch Balasaheb Chavan, where Rathod ended his life by swallowing poison on Thursday, said that the desperate farmer had five acres of land and most of his crops, particularly raw cotton and soyabean, were destroyed in unseasonal heavy rains this kharif season.
“Since the crops failed, he couldn’t pay the Rs. 2 lakh loan taken from banks and private money lenders. He was depressed because no one would lend again to a defaulter,” Chavan said.
According to Chavan, Rathod was the 24th victim of agrarian crisis in the village since 2005.
“The farmers suicides continue in the village despite the discourses of spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and a visit by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi,” he added.
Chavan said the government has done nothing to stop farmers from taking the desperate step.
“Farmers are not getting crop loans from banks and crops do not fetch them good prices,” he said.
In Yavatmal, where four suicides have been reported in the past 24 hours, more than 200 farmers ended their lives since January this year.
Resident collector Yavatmal Rajendra Deshmukh said as many as 205 farmers from the district have committed suicide because of the agrarian crisis so far this year.
No official confirmed what led to the fresh round of suicides.
With the deaths of these seven farmers, the toll has risen to 43 this month. In October, 74 farmers killed themselves.
As many as 700 farmers have committed suicide due to crippling debts and crop failure since January this year in Vidarbha region, said Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti that has been documenting farmers’ suicides in the region.
“The state and central governments are very casual about the issue and do not seem interested in formulating a long-term policy to prevent farmer suicides,” said Tiwari.
About 1.98 lakh farmers committed suicide in India between 2001 and 2012 as the benefits of high growth failed to trickle down to the rural areas, says the India Rural Development Report 2012-13 released in September this year.
Indebtedness and lenders confiscating land have been attributed as the main causes of the farmers’ deaths.
About two-thirds of the farmer suicides were reported from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Smt.Sonia Gandhi ‘Vidarbha’ visit marks 'Four farmers suicides'

Smt.Sonia Gandhi ‘Vidarbha’ visit marks 'Four  farmers suicides' 

NAGPUR: 22nd November 2013

Eve of visit of  Congress President Sonia Gandhi will launch expansion of a pro-poor health scheme named after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, here on November 21 along with Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and other ministers from the Centre has been marked with another shocker of four more distressed debt trapped vidarbha farmers suicides reports  reaching Nagpur, they are

1.Vasram Rathode   of Bothbodan in Yavatmal(24TH Suicide in Village)
2.Suresh Ambarvate of Nandori  in Wardha
3.Vinod Mahakalkarof Lonar in Wardha
4. Sanjay Gawande of Waghoda in Washim

Taking toll to 698 inyear 2013 ,Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) informed today, urging Indian Govt. provide aid to tackle very pathetic situation as state Govt. failed to give any relief till date to dying farming community which is crying for food, medicine and relief aid .

”Cong. Party has spent more than Rs.30 million  for arranging public for this massive  public rally in which Soniaji will launch the health care scheme better known as 'Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayaini Yojna', a flagship programme of the Congress-led UPA government, but same time  even after numbers of expert committee recommendation failed to give free health service to extremely distressed farmer’s families where critical illness is main cause of agrarian crisis forcing farmers to commit suicide even under present scheme west vidarbha cotton farmers will not  covered as they are not entitled for red-green ration cards hence we are urging the state Govt. to extend RGJY to all distressed and debt trapped vidarbha farmers in order to stop on the going farm suicide spiral” Tiwari

 
The visit of UPA convener to cash crop cotton and soybean now sudden slash in procurement prices of both cotton   and soybean by the cartel of traders on the ground of quality of rain touch cotton and soybean is too poor to give minimum support price (MSP) and there is not state intervention of procurement @ MSP has restarted farm suicides spiral in west  vidarbha as six more farmers suicides reported in last 48 hours identified as


Both bodan (Yavatmal) in the village where all expert committees and cong. Vice president Rahul Gandhi, visited since 2006 has reported 24th farm suicide when dry land farmer Vasram Bhavsing Rathode committed suicide having lost cotton crop in 5 acre land owing debt more than Rs.2 lakh ,Vasram Rathode is not alone  the entire region in facing complete crop failure and till date there no relief from Govt. informed village sarpanch of Both bodan Balasaheb Chavan (09922661795) informed from Govt. medical college hospital where he brought dead body of diseased farmers .   
As all announcements are turning out to be hoax for example in August Maharashtra Chief Minister announced Rs.2000 crore relief aid but till date nothing has been released more over local administration is shamelessly is Rs.80 to Rs.100 relief cheque  rubbing the salt on the wounds of dying farmers who lost complete crop, home and cattle as there are more than 3 million  flood effected farmers and others hence it is obvious  this aid is peanut hence vidarbha farmers  are demanding higher support price for cotton and soybean i.e. @ Rs.6000/ quintal and @5000/quintal, ” Bothbodan Sarpanch chavan added


Vidarbha where more than million acres of land has been eroded and crop lost amounting more than Rs.20,000 crore but announced relief by centre and state for Vidarbha is merge Rs.2800 crore which is too less to repair damaged  roads and bridges on a large scale and need urgent repairs and will need more money for property damage compensation  hence massive crop damages are likely to ignored  as final assessment report  of state govt. has not been submitted and farmers are crying for help, Kishor Tiwari said  

Earlier too when Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh visited vidarbha on 1st July 2006 for announcing vidarbha relief package of Rs.3750 and he told the farm widows that his visit to give healing touch to distressed farmers  but  all promises given by him went in vain  and complete relief package followed by farm loan waiver failed to address the farm suicide issue failed miserably and his so called ‘Healing Touch’ has given more pain and despair now Indian Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar is on three day “Farm suicide tourism”  with same slogan that his tour is not political one and he is visiting flood hit region to give healing touch to dying farmers but farmers are requesting him not to rub the salt to their wounds by giving to promises and creating rosy picture as it’s trigger more suicide as when PM promise of farm credit ,direct aid and restoration to  sustainable agriculture and livelihood of agrarian community turned to be hoax, Tiwari said. ,






Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sharad Joshi’s plea to oppose ‘Food Security Bill’ is Rubbish

Sharad Joshi’s plea to oppose ‘Food Security Bill’ is  Rubbish

Nagpur -11th November  2013
Shetkari Sanghatana Supreme Sharad Joshi who is strong supporter of globalization and free trade and advocating for USA base Bio-tech Company Monsanto who has created monopoly cotton seed which is main cash crop of Maharashtra and centre of controversy that GM technology is main cause of economic collapse of cotton trade and prevailing agrarian distress forcing more than 40 thousand farmers suicide in Maharashtra since 2004 after state allowed commercial trial of BT. cotton seed   ,now openly opposed UPA decision to give the food security which  guarantee food security two-thirds of the Indian population  and proposes to supply 5 kg of rice, wheat and coarse grains at Rs.3, Rs.2, Rs.1 per kg, respectively, every month to three-fourths of rural population and half the urban population in the country as ‘Anti-Farmer Move’ , is misleading and rubbish needs to be subjected for larger debate as Sharad Joshi’s statement reflects the view of all pro-WTO-World Bank-USA MNCs lobbyist in India    Kishor Tiwari of  VJAS ,the only farmer west vidarbha dry land farmer’s voice since 1999 who are innocent victims of free trade  and completely failed GM-BT technology in cotton crop of the region forcing Govt. to have national agenda to go back original sustainable cotton seed technology ,strongly reacting to needless unfortunate remark ,  informed in press release today.
‘Vidarbha classic example of agrarian crisis driven free trade and shifting cash crop from perennial food crop in unregulated manner as such shift of crop pattern in west vidarbha correlate prevailing distress and farmer suicides numbers with east vidarbha where food crop dominates as main crop, the issue of sustainable minimum support price to farmer growing food crop and direct cash incentive  to such farmers with integrated social and economic security plan is need of hour not the opposition to the national food mission which is need of the hour hence we request very senior farmers leader like Sharad Joshi whose grate work for cause of the farmers movement is till respected at large but his pro-USA base free trade stand lost his support and charisma,   to rethink the stand as his party is contesting national election 2014 and such anti poor  policies will damage the credibility as dry land farmers who are now growing only cotton ,sugarcane and soybean has been demanding food security cover hence this humble  this humble request to Joshi urging him to give up his loyalist to  hostile USA-WTO  trade  policies killing thousands of farmers in name of second green revolution’ Tiwari  added.

“Those who understand poverty and hunger in rural India and starvation and malnutrition death tribal region of India, would not have opposed the ordinance, in fact universal food security bill is pending before the Nation since 2004 and hunger is killing million. Political parties who believe in vote bank based caste base equation or fundamental emotional religious issues will find ton of arguments to oppose the food security ordinance but such opposition to create obstacle in food for all poor will hammer their long term prospects of changing the power at the center hence we urge all political parties to support the ordinance and get implements without any leakages and corruption  in public distribution system (PDS) in rural part of India” Tiwari.
It is reported the universal food security  programme would require more than 61 million tons of food-grain and is expected to cost the government about Rs 1,25,000 crore and the state governments will now have to identify the beneficiaries on a war footing through an open transparent criteria and that is tough task as progressive state like Maharashtra has been using BPL survey of year 1997 as base intensify  real   needy poor who needs  food security which is long pending demand of the VJAS which is agitating since 2001 and moved Mumbai high court and Maharashtra human right commission (MHRC) in past but even after direction from high court families under BPL and tribal are denied food security hence we want urgent lunching of scheme, Tiwari added.

‘This is most unfortunate that even supreme court India has created right of food but main opposition parties has not taken up issue   when  administration has not been giving  food security to all illegible families as per provision of food control order 2001 and existing list of year 1999 of BPL families  and those critising ordinance of food security has no time to look at the supreme court of India clear cut guidelines and union control Food Control Order -2001 that every year list of BPL families under PDS food security scheme should renewed as per list submitted by Village Panchayat in it’s “Gramsabha”, in fact UPA food security is under  to enforce supreme court direction and guidelines of  Food Control Order 2001 which is most welcome step even after it is taken after 12 years ,Tiwari added.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Five more farmers commit suicide in Vidarbha-Hindustan Times

Five more farmers commit suicide in Vidarbha

Pradip Kumar Maitra, Hindustan Times  Nagpur, November 02, 2013
First Published: 21:42 IST(2/11/2013) | Last Updated: 21:45 IST(2/11/2013)
The unfortunate trend of agrarian crisis driving distressed farmers to commit suicide continues in Vidarbha. As many as five more farmers have ended their lives in the last 48 hours on the eve of Diwali in the region.
According to reports reaching here on Saturday evening, among the victims three were from the neighbouring Wardha and two were from Yavatmal — one of the worst-hit districts in the region.
The deceased were identified as: Ashok Sathe of Zullar village, Bharat Ade of Parsoda (both from Yavatmal district), Ramesh Wadatkar, Yashambha village, Devidas Thakare, Sorta and Vithalrao Ladhi of Arambha (all from Wardha district).
Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti that has been documenting the farmers’ suicide in the region since 2001 claimed that with the death of these five farmers, the toll has risen to 683 in the region since January this year.
Tiwari urged the government to provide necessary help to the distressed farmers so that such tragic incidents could be prevented. Farmers in the region were forced to take the extreme step as they have no money even for the purchasing sweet and new clothes for their children on Diwali, he claimed.
Vilas Raut of Wadaki village, who knew one of the victims, Ashok Sathe of Zullar village, informed that Ashok was shattered following the crop failure due to heavy rains. He had borrowed around Rs. 50,000 from the local cooperative bank.
“When he realized that he would not be able to repay the loans and generate fresh funds for the next season, he ended his life by consuming poison on Friday evening. Moreover, he was also depressed as he could not borrow money for purchasing clothes for his children and family this Diwali,” Raut pointed out.
Vidarbha, where more than one million acres of land has been eroded and over Rs. 20,000-crore worth crop lost, the announced relief by centre and state was a meagre Rs. 2,800-crore.
Apart from bailout the crisis-ridden farmers, the amount is too less to repair damaged roads and bridges on a large scale following heavy rains in the region, Tiwari said.
Ashwin Mudgal, the collector of Yavatmal district admitted that he has received the news of farmers’ suicide in his district. “I have directed my tahsildar to inquire about it and submit a report immediately,” he said.

The collector, Mudgal also admitted that over 60 farmers from Yavatmal district alone, committed suicide because of agrarian crisis since June this year.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sharad Pawar’s Vidarbha Relief is Peanut: Farmers to observe ‘Black Diwali’

Sharad Pawar’s Vidarbha Relief is Peanut: Farmers to observe ‘Black Diwali’
NAGPUR: 25th  October  2013

Must awaited central Govt. relief announcement of done union Agri. Minister Sharad Pawar of Rs.922 crore has added fuel to the agrarian crisis as this is toll little to compensate the huge losses of crop and properties ,will increase despair and distress as all announcements are turning out to be hoax for example in August Maharashtra Chief Minister announced Rs.2000 crore relief aid but till date nothing has been released more over local administration is shamelessly is Rs.80 to Rs.100 relief cheque  rubbing the salt on the wounds of dying farmers who lost complete crop, home and cattle as there are more than 3 million  flood effected farmers and others hence it is obvious  this aid is peanut hence vidarbha farmers and farmers widows will observe “Black Diwali” to press demands compensation to tune of actual losses ,higher support price for cotton and soybean i.e. @ Rs.6000/ quintal and @5000/quintal,Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) informed today, urging Indian Govt. provide aid to tackle very pathetic situation as state Govt. failed to give any healing touch to dying farming community which is crying for food, medicine and relief aid” Tiwari said.
Vidarbha where more than million acres of land has been eroded and crop lost amounting more than Rs.20,000 crore but announced relief by centre and state for Vidarbha is merge Rs.2800 crore which is too less to repair damaged  roads and bridges on a large scale and need urgent repairs and will need more money for property damage compensation  hence massive crop damages are likely to ignored  as final assessment report  of state govt. has not been submitted and farmers are crying for help, Tiwari said  

Earlier too when Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh visited vidarbha on 1st July 2006 for announcing vidarbha relief package of Rs.3750 and he told the farm widows that his visit to give healing touch to distressed farmers  but  all promises given by him went in vain  and complete relief package followed by farm loan waiver failed to address the farm suicide issue failed miserably and his so called ‘Healing Touch’ has given more pain and despair now Indian Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar has announced relief package after three day “Farm suicide tourism”  in September 2013 with same slogan that his tour is not political one and he is visiting flood hit region to give healing touch to dying farmers but farmers are requesting him not to rub the salt to their wounds by giving to promises and creating rosy picture as it’s trigger more suicide as when PM promise of farm credit ,direct aid and restoration to  sustainable agriculture and livelihood of agrarian community turned to be hoax, Tiwari said. ,






Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Vidarbha farmer gets Rs.80 for Rs.15,000 loss!-IANS Report

Vidarbha farmer gets Rs.80 for Rs.15,000 loss!

Nagpur, Oct 23 (IANS) A farmer Wardha district in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, who suffered losses of around Rs.15,000 during the last monsoon floods, was aghast to receive a compensation amount of Rs.80.
He is not the only one, according to NGO Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) chief Kishore Tiwari, active among the farming communities in eastern Maharashtra.
"Thousands of cheques bearing compensation amounts like Rs.80, Rs.100, Rs.150 are lying in various tehsildar offices, but the farmers are refusing to collect them," Tiwari said here Wednesday.
The Wardha farmer, Sotba G.Bavne had submitted claims worth around Rs.15,000 for the losses in the floods and spent an additional Rs.95 in various official fees.
"The most shocking part is that some officials came to survey his premises, they had tea and snacks in his home and even took Rs.100 promising to expedite his claims...VJAS demands that these officials be suspended and booked," Tiwari told IANS.
The meagre compensation amounts are being doled out though Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had announced a total aid package of Rs.2,000 crore for the severely flood-hit regions of eastern Maharashtra during the monsoon fury this year.
Later, union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar made an intensive tour of the region and indicated a massive special central aid, which has not yet been announced, Tiwari added.
"In the meantime, the farmers are being told to collect these cheques with pittance amount. Only for opening a savings bank account to deposit them, they are required to shell out a minimum Rs.500. How can the poor farmer afford?" he said.
Tiwari said the state and central governments must immediately look into this issue before more debt-hit and flood-affected farmers commit suicide. Only in October, over a dozen farmers ended their lives.
Several districts of the Vidarbha region, especially Wardha, Amravati, Yavatmal, were severely affected by deluge during this year's monsoon in July-August.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Farm suicides on rise, toll 671: VJAS-TIMES OF INDIA

Farm suicides on rise, toll 671: Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti

TNN | Oct 22, 2013, 06.10 AM IST


NAGPUR: The farm suicides in Vidarbha seem to be again on the rise after some time. With three more deaths in the last 24 hours, the toll for the current year since January has gone up to 671, claimed Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, a farmers advocacy group tracking the situation for last 15 years. 


Ashok Kharkate, of village Sirasgoan (Dhanyad), and Omdeo Supare, of village Vela, (both in Wardha district) and Kailash Dudhade, of Borgai in Yavatmal, were identified as the latest victims to have ended their lives. Excessive rains and floods, which left land spanning lakhs of hectares waterlogged and unfit for farming, seems to have caused the latest bout of despair among the rain-dependent farmers of the region. The Navratri celebrations were marred in the region due to 13 farm suicides from the cotton, soyabean growing areas of western Vidarbha. 



While there is no mechanism to validate each of these reported suicides, district administrations often record these deaths as accidental or blame it on reasons like alcoholism or family problems. But VJAS president Kishore Tiwari has charged the state and the Centre of apathy and inaction in terms of providing the promised relief measures. 



"Not a paisa of the Rs 2000 crore relief announced by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has reached the affected farmers and this has exacerbated the crisis," Tiwari pointed out. He has also claimed that the official figures of suicides announced by the government from time to time in Parliament do not differ much from what VJAS has been claiming. "There is an urgent need for Union government to intervene to provide a healing touch to the farming community crying for food, medicine and aid," Tiwari stressed.