Vidarbha hailstorm hit Farmer’s and dying farm widow’s ‘Save Vidarbha' Protest on 1st MAY Mah. Day
Yavtmal 30th April 2014
When administration will be celebrating state government’s Maharashtra Day on 1st MAY but it is not the case with five million distressed dying farmers recently hit by historic hailstorm and massive raining in august last suffering heavy damages as per official records amounting more than Rs.10, crore even state Govt. declared Rs.4000 crore as relief in March this year and Rs.3000 crore last year and restore pending crop of debt trapped farmers but aid starved farmers are committing suicides and banker forceful recoveries are on moreover apathy of Govt. toward more than 12000 farm widows of ill fated cotton farmers who have committed suicide since 2005 has forced them starvation as basic demands of food security and family security pension is still pending will be sitting on protest ‘Dharna’ on 1st may Maharashtra day,Kishor Tiwari, president of Nagpur-based Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, (VJAS), in a Press release .
‘Vidarbha Agrarian Crisis is result of last 54 years of backlog and apathy which has treated region as it’s colony when they are celebrating the grand MAH. Day celebration, we are observing the fast to remember the farmers who have committed suicides in west vidarbha due to wrong policies of the state and complete neglect toward region .more than 5 million farmers and 6 million tribal in vidarbha region have been denied basic security of food, healthcare and employment freezing all fundamental rights betraying all toll promises given at the time of Maharashtra State formation on 1st may 1960 now people of wants complete reassessment of situation and separate the vidarbha region to stop farmers and tribal on going Genocide’ Tiwari added.
The protest hunger strike has been organized by VJAS which has been keeping track of farm suicides in Vidarbha region and working for empowerment of hundreds farm widows in the region main demands of vidarbha farmers are disbursement fresh crop loan and relief aid every hailstorm and drought hit farmers ,minimum support price (MSP) Rs 6,500 a quintal during for next kharif season ,food security and family pension all vidarbha farm widows ,Kishore Tiwari informed .